Pro Bono

At Gibson Dunn, we approach our long tradition of service to the community with the same passion, creativity and motivation we apply to all our work. We are convinced that by striving to strengthen the rule of law, assist the disadvantaged and bring top-quality legal thinking to those who might normally be overlooked by the legal system, we deliver tangible benefits to our clients, our firm and our community.

Our Commitment

At Gibson Dunn, we believe that lawyers have a special ability – and duty – to help ensure meaningful access to the justice system for everyone. And, not just those who can afford an attorney. We are dedicated to the idea that the most vulnerable in our society receive a fair opportunity to receive legal representation in times of need. Whether protecting constitutional rights, working on behalf of the LGBTQ community, spearheading anti-human trafficking efforts, battling slumlords, fighting on behalf of domestic violence victims, advocating on behalf of veterans, or engaging in extensive efforts on behalf of the immigrant community, our lawyers have provided access to justice for those who could not otherwise afford it.

We are honored to be a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Pro Bono Challenge, which requires us to use our “best efforts” to perform 60 hours of pro bono work per lawyer each year. Each year we have not only met the challenge, but have consistently exceeded expectations. In 2016, Gibson Dunn lawyers in the United States completed an average of 127 pro bono hours. Our international offices also contributed impressively to their communities and to communities around the world. In total, Gibson Dunn lawyers worldwide devoted a total of 162,246 hours to pro bono, averaging nearly 114 pro bono hours per person.

Gibson Dunn actively encourages robust participation in pro bono matters by giving one-to-one billable credit for all pro bono work performed, without limit. To support our program, the firm has a Pro Bono Committee comprised of partners and associates from nearly every office. Additionally, we have a dedicated attorney who oversees global efforts as the firm’s full-time Pro Bono Counsel & Director. The uniting force behind our pro bono work has been – and continues to be – a shared commitment to protecting the Constitution, upholding the rule of law, and providing access to justice for all. We are proud of the work our attorneys have done and we look forward to continuing in this tradition in the coming years.

Scott Edelman

Pro Bono Chair

Making a Difference