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Jenner & Block once again has been recognized as the No. 1 law firm in the country for pro bono service by The American Lawyer magazine in its 2015 pro bono rankings. This marks the seventh time the firm has achieved this ranking – and the sixth time the firm has achieved that standing in the past eight years. Jenner & Block previously attained the top spot in 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 1999 and has placed among the leading 10 pro bono programs nationwide every year since the AmLaw survey began in 1990.
The 2015 rankings are based on pro bono hours performed in 2014. Jenner & Block obtained the top ranking through a combination of logging 130.5 average pro bono hours per lawyer and having 85 percent of our lawyers contribute more than 20 hours to pro bono matters. Overall, Jenner & Block lawyers performed more than 57,400 hours of pro bono work in 2014.
The American Lawyer’s July edition includes an article in which Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair Andrew W. Vail states that the firm’s “passion and commitment to pro bono remained unwavering” in 2014. The article also spotlights Partner Matthew S. Hellman, who took the case of pro se Chapter 7 bankruptcy debtor Stephen Law to the U.S. Supreme Court and achieved a 9-0 victory, and Partner Gabrielle Sigel, who represented Alliance for the Great Lakes in a Clean Water Act lawsuit against the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
For more information about Jenner & Block’s more recent pro bono efforts, we invite you to check out the latest edition of The Heart of the Matter, a compendium of pro bono matters covering 2012 to 2014.