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07.31.2012 Williams Mullen Recognized for Pro Bono Legal Work Williams Mullen is pleased to announce that the law firm has been ranked #95 in The American Lawyer's 2012 Pro Bono Survey. The American Lawyer ranks the nation's 200 highest-grossing law firms based on their pro bono work. Last year, Williams Mullen was ranked #124 in the Pro Bono Survey.
Calculations for the AmLaw pro bono rankings are a combination of the average number of pro bono hours per lawyer in 2011 and the number of lawyers who performed more than 20 hours of pro bono work in 2011. The firm’s commitment to pro bono legal work is reflected in the difference between its #95 AmLaw pro bono ranking versus its #175 AmLaw 200 size ranking based on number of partners, profits per partner and overall revenue.
As stated by Williams Mullen partner and Pro Bono Committee chair, Catherine "Kate" Marriott, “Our upward momentum in pro bono work can be attributed to many factors, including a renewed commitment by our firm and our attorneys to fulfill the ethical obligation to help those in need. This ranking confirms that Williams Mullen is a leader in our communities and in pro bono.”
Earlier this year, partner Robert F. Redmond, Jr. was the recipient of the prestigious Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Pro Bono Award from the Virginia State Bar. Each year since 1991, this award has been given to an attorney or attorney group who has made outstanding contributions in the field of pro bono service. Mr. Redmond was selected for this recognition for his commitment to assisting immigrants with legal matters. In 2005, Mr. Redmond established a monthly legal clinic to assist with the special legal needs of Hispanic immigrants. The clinic is now held twice a month, in conjunction with the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and serves about 360 clients per year.
Soon, the firm’s attorneys will have a direct line to volunteer for pro bono matters. Williams Mullen is one of the ten law firms participating in the launch of Capital One’s new Justice Server program. Justice Server is an online case-management system that will allow lawyers in private practice to work with pro bono client files loaded directly to their desktops by legal aid organizations, with all the necessary security precautions to protect the referring organizations and the lawyer’s pro bono and retained clients.
Williams Mullen’s pro bono work is headed by Pro Bono Partner Andrew G. Nea, Jr., formerly a financial services attorney with the firm. Mr. Nea now focuses his practice on managing the firm’s pro bono initiatives, including the popular Wills for Seniors and Wills for Kids programs.
About Williams Mullen
Williams Mullen provides comprehensive legal and government relations services that help grow the business of our clients and the economy of our region across North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. As an AmLaw 200 firm, our attorneys and consultants strive to find the answers and solutions that help clients grow. Putting our clients’ needs first has been the foundation of our approach since the firm was founded 103 years ago. Visit us at www.williamsmullen.com.