February 23, 2023
The Houston Bar Association Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Award Committee conferred its highest pro bono award—the Harris County Heart of Pro Bono—to Gibson Dunn’s Houston office and a team of Gibson Dunn attorneys: partner Hillary Holmes and associates Ezra Brown, Kyle Clendenon, Iris Hill Crabtree, Mason Gauch, To Nhu Huynh, and Hayden Theis. These associates independently formed a “pro bono squad” in which they team up on projects and offer support on each other’s cases. The junior associates exemplify Gibson Dunn’s self-motivated approach to pro bono work and the premium placed on collegiality and professionalism when interacting with one another and clients. Within six months of being licensed, they collectively devoted 694.33 hours to 26 pro bono projects, averaging 115.7 hours per attorney. The Award Committee noted, “the teamwork and culture that has been created at Gibson Dunn is a shining example of dedication to giving back.”
The awards program was held during the Houston Bar Foundation Annual Luncheon on February 9, 2023 and recognizes lawyers who provide outstanding direct pro bono services to low-income Harris County residents. A committee of distinguished judges and attorneys annually selects winners in six categories, including the special honor, the Heart of Pro Bono. This award recognizes our Houston office’s track record of serving its community. Last year, the office received the midsize law firm award.