International law firm Brown Rudnick LLP was ranked 11th on The American Lawyer’s 2021 list of AmLaw 200 firms that “do the most work outside of the United States.” The chart ranks firms by the amount of pro bono work performed by lawyers based outside the United States. Brown Rudnick was also featured in The American Lawyer 2021 Pro Bono Scorecard, the annual report recognizing the top firms that made the greatest pro bono contributions.
The Pro Bono Scorecard seeks “to quantify the pro bono contributions of the AmLaw 200 while also telling the stories of the many causes they supported with their work. In 2020, as the pandemic, racial justice protests, and a contentious election coincided, the legal industry’s largest firms poured themselves into pro bono, resulting in an uptick in hours worked and a seemingly endless list of meaningful matters handled.”
Pro bono work is an integral part of Brown Rudnick’s culture. The pro bono practice represents a broad range of nonprofit organizations, civil rights organizations, and indigent individuals and families.
Andrew Strehle, Chair of Brown Rudnick’s Pro Bono Committee, commented, “We are deeply committed to public service and very proud to be part of this important work worldwide. Our pro bono work is rooted in the pursuit of social justice and equal access to justice for all.”
Christian Toms, a Partner in Brown Rudnick’s London Office, commented, “We take great pride in our pro bono initiatives and the real life impact on communities in the UK and beyond. We stand committed to making pro bono a deep part of our firm’s culture.”
In London, Brown Rudnick partners with the Croydon Legal Advice Centre (part of the South West London Law Clinics Network) and Pro Bono Connect to provide legal advice to underserved individuals on a range of legal issues, including landlord and tenant disputes, consumer complaints, property and contractual disputes. The lawyers also advise a myriad of nonprofits seeking to drive impactful change in communities and around the world. Brown Rudnick’s pro bono work for these organizations includes contract drafting, charitable entity formation, advising on trademark filings, reviewing lease and partnership agreements, and providing tax advice.
In the United States, Brown Rudnick has advised on the following recent notable matters, to name just a few. The Firm provided COVID-relief assistance across all of Brown Rudnick’s eight offices worldwide. Attorneys and staff mobilized to help impacted nonprofit organizations and small business owners, particularly women and minority owned businesses. Brown Rudnick also partnered with Lawyers for Civil Rights, Worcester Interfaith, and the NAACP, Worcester Branch, on an important lawsuit advocating for the voting rights of Worcester’s communities of color and alleging a violation of the federal Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution. Most recently, the Firm filed an amicus brief on behalf of 23 civil rights and community organizations in support of the 2021 Boston Exam Schools admissions plan seeking to improve racial, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity in the schools and to raise the quality of education for students throughout the City of Boston.