Gibson Dunn is exceptionally proud of its pro bono program. And we deeply appreciate the continued recognition for our commitment to pro bono work and community service that we receive each year from myriad community and professional organizations.  A few of these recognitions from recent years are reflected below.  Additionally, we as a firm take the time annually to honor our own lawyers for the impressive pro bono work they do.  The most notable example of this is our Frank Wheat Award, given out every year to the individual and team of lawyers who have done some of the most exemplary pro bono work for that year.  We invite you to read more about this award and the recent winners below.

COMMUNITY RECOGNITION

  • Public Counsel's 2017 Law Firm Pro Bono Award - On June 29, 2017, Gibson Dunn was honored by Public Counsel with their 2017 Law Firm Pro Bono Award. The firm was recognized for our work over the years on behalf of Public Counsel clients, committing over 10,000 hours in the last two years alone. The award also recognized the work the firm has done over the course of this year on several high profile, complex immigration-related cases, as well as our work in the wake of the Travel Ban. Ted Boutrous accepted the award on behalf of the firm.  

  • Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network – Pro Bono Service Award - On Friday, June 16, 2017, Gibson Dunn was honored with the Pro Bono Service Award by the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network. The firm was recognized for our contributions over the past several years to the immigrant community in Denver, Colorado and nationally. The award was accepted by Laura Sturges and Katie Marquart. A number of lawyers from the Denver office have worked on cases for the organization over the past several years, including Jessica Brown, Gregory Kerwin, Monica Loseman, John Partridge, Laura Sturges, Eva Michaels, Zoe Gray Klein, Dan Nowicki, Wesley Sze, Jeremy Ochsenbein, Yamini Grema, Joshua Rosario, Allison Kostecka, Holly Rooke, Chelsea Glover, Lauren Kole, and Rachel Wade.
  • The New York Law Journal named Mitch Karlan to its annual list of "The Lawyers Who Lead by Example," which honors lawyers' public service and pro bono work and "made a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in society." Lawyers' profiles were published on September 20, 2016.
  • Asian Legal Business Recognizes Gibson Dunn for Corporate Social Responsibility: Asian Legal Business named Gibson Dunn to its 2016 CSR List. The list recognizes the corporate social responsibility initiatives of 25 law firms in Asia "that clearly have their hearts in the right place when it comes to giving back to their communities."
  • Kids in Need of Defense Honor Gibson Dunn with 2016 Allegiance Award: In April 2016, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) presented Gibson Dunn with their prestigious Allegiance Award, recognizing the firm's impressive commitment to pro bono work and long-standing relationship with the organization.
     
  • Law 360 Named Gibson Dunn Among Its Pro Bono Firms of 2016 - Gibson Dunn was recognized as one of Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016, featuring 20 law firms that "demonstrated their steadfast interest in the public interest." This is Gibson Dunn's fifth consecutive year as a Law360 Pro Bono Firm of the Year and the article states, in part: "From bringing home an Alabama state trooper who spent 15 years on death row after an unfair trial to international efforts like providing desperately needed legal assistance to British families and domestic violence victims, Gibson Dunn's commitment to giving back has cemented its spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016." 
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  • The Legal Aid Society Honors Gibson Dunn with a 2016 Pro Bono Publico Award - In October 2016, The Legal Aid Society honored Gibson Dunn as one of the recipients of its 2016 Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society and its clients. In addition to recognizing Gibson Dunn, it also honored three individuals at the firm for their exceptional involvement over the course of the year: Kevin Homiak, Christine Shim, and Ryan Oringer.

  • Lawyers Alliance Honors Gibson Dunn with a Cornerstone Award for Pro Bono Excellence  - In November 2016, the Lawyers Alliance will honor David Feldman and Shellie Freedman with a 2016 Cornerstone Award, in recognition of their exceptional assistance on several pro bono matters throughout the year. The award is intended to recognize attorneys who have provided much needed pro bono assistance to nonprofits and community development organizations throughout New York City.

  • Animal Legal Defense Fund Honors Gibson Dunn with a 2016 Advancement in Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Award  - In September 2016, the Animal Legal Defense Fund honored Gibson Dunn for the second year in a row with a ALDF Advancement in Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Award recognizing the firm's outstanding dedication of pro bono hours in helping them achieve their mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.
  • Human Rights Initiative of North Texas Awards Evan S. Tilton its 2015 Angel of Freedom Award
  • CAIR Coalition Awards Gibson Dunn 2015 Law Firm of the Year
  • Gibson Dunn Team Wins Her Justice Commitment to Justice Award
  • Gibson Dunn Orange County Office Wins State Bar of California 2015 President's Pro Bono Service Award
  • Matthew Benjamin Honored with Federal Bar Council's Thurgood Marshall Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Service
  • The Legal Aid Society presented their 2015 Pro Bono Publico Award to members of Gibson Dunn's "D-SNAP Team," among others at Gibson Dunn, in recognition of its work to help disabled New Yorkers obtain disaster food stamp benefits (so-called "D-SNAP" benefits) that they were unable to apply for in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 

 

  • Law360 named Gibson Dunn to its list of the top 20 Pro Bono Firms of 2014, the third consecutive year we have received the honor.  This award recognized "20 outstanding law firms" "that showed a steadfast duty to providing free legal work and secured notable victories ranging from pressing national issues to life-altering representations of individual clients." 
  • The Legal Aid Society presented their 2014 and 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award to members of Gibson Dunn's "D-SNAP Team," among others at Gibson Dunn, in recognition of its work to help disabled New Yorkers obtain disaster food stamp benefits (so-called "D-SNAP" benefits) that they were unable to apply for in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 
  • Gibson Dunn was honoured with Immigration Equality's Safe Haven Award, in recognition of our work on behalf of LGBT asylum seekers. 
  • Gibson Dunn's Dubai office was recognized as the Pro Bono Firm of the Year at the ILFR Middle East Awards.  ​
  • Pro Bono Firms of 2013 by Law360, which recognized "20 outstanding law firms" "that showed a steadfast duty to providing free legal work and secured notable victories … ranging from pressing national issues to life-altering representations of individual clients." 
  • Community Service Pro Bono Award presented by ACLU of Southern California to Marcellus McRae and Maurice Suh for their work as Deputy General Counsels on the Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence, which investigated the use of force in Los Angeles County jails

FRANK WHEAT MEMORIAL AWARD

Each year, Gibson Dunn acknowledges the exemplary pro bono work done by its lawyers that has changed lives and, in some cases, changed laws. To that end, we created the Frank Wheat Memorial Award.

Frank Wheat, a former Gibson Dunn partner who passed away in 2000, was not only a giant in the legal community -- a superb transactional lawyer, an SEC commissioner and president of the Los Angeles County Bar – but a giant in the nonprofit community as well. He founded the Alliance for Children’s Rights, was a founder and trustee of the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, a leader of the Sierra Club, and a former board member at the Center for Law in the Public Interest, which established a fellowship in his name to train young lawyers in public interest litigation. The Frank Wheat Memorial Award is given annually to the lawyer and group of lawyers who have:

  • demonstrated leadership and initiative in their pro bono work,
  • obtained significant results for their pro bono clients, and/or
  • through their pro bono work at the firm, served as a source of inspiration to others.

The recipients of the Frank Wheat Award receive a $2,500 cash prize, which is donated to the pro bono organization or organizations that they designate.