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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Murray Whalen Communications
Brown Rudnick’s Andrew Strehle
Recognized by Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston
for Pro Bono Legal Work
Boston, MA, June 14, 2012 – The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston has awarded the 2012 Robert B. Fraser Award for Pro Bono Excellence to Andrew Strehle, a partner at law firm Brown Rudnick LLP, for inspiring and leading the firm’s Artists’ Fee Collection Initiative. This annual award recognizes an attorney, firm, or legal services organization that shows a sincere dedication to servicing th e needs of the cultural and artistic communities of Massachusetts. Mr. Strehle accepted the award on June 13th during the Council’s annual “Martinis and Masterpieces” event among the art galleries in Boston's South End.
In 2005, Mr. Strehle and his colleagues at Brown Rudnick launched their Artists' Fee Collection Initiative, which focuses on representing indigent artists who have not been paid amounts due for their ar tistic endeavors or whose art work has been lost or damaged. During the last seven years, the firm has represented 32 artists and has contributed to their recovering nearly $150,000. In addition, the program has helped artists find new workplaces, establish their rights to artwork, clear their credit and criminal history records, and evaluate their rights and claims. The Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest identifies potential clients by participating in the pro bono referral panel coordinated by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts (“VLA-MA”), a program of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston.
Mr. Strehle commented, “Pro bono work is an integral part of Brown Rudnick’s culture, and our representation of these artists has been particularly meaningful. VLA-MA and Brown Rudnick are taking a leadership position in helping artists to achieve justice, and our attorneys find the work challenging and rewarding. I am honored to receive the Robert B. Fraser Award in recognition of this work.”
Since inception, Brown Rudnick’s Artists’ Fee Collection Initia tive has been recognized as part of a successful partnership in the bu siness and the arts communities. In 2006, Brown Rudnick and Al Wallis, the Executive Director for the Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest, received VLA-MA's Robert B. Fraser Award for Pro Bono Excellence. Brown Rudnick and VLA-MA were recognized as the 2007 Corporate Philanthropy Partners of the Year by the Boston Business Journal. Celebrating its 25th year of service, VLA-MA provides $1.5 million worth of quality pro bono legal services and educational programs to the Commonwealth’s arts communities each year.
About Brown Rudnick LLP
Brown Rudnick is an AmLaw 200 firm with offices in the United States and Europe. With relentless focus on the client’s objectives, the firm represents clients from around the world in high stakes litigation and business transactions. Our clients include public and private corporations, he dge funds, venture capital funds, private equity funds, multinational Fortune 100 businesses, and start-up enterprises. We also represent investors, as well as official and ad hoc creditors’ committees in today’s largest corporate restructurings , both domestically and abroad. Brown Rudnick is among the vanguard of law firms advising clients in times of unprecedented opportunity, capital convergence and cross-border uncertainty. The Brown Rudnick Center for the Public interest is an innovative model combining the Firm’s pro bono, charitable giving and community volunteer efforts. For more information, please visit www.brownrudnick.com.