Pro Bono & Community

PRO BONO

 

As lawyers, we have a special obligation to promote the public interest, assist the disadvantaged and strengthen our community. While the attorneys in our firm contribute individually to a wide variety of civic, charitable and cultural organizations, we believe it is important that, as a firm, we demonstrate a clear commitment to providing pro bono legal services to those in need.

“We know how fortunate we are to work at Wolf Greenfield, and with that gratitude comes responsibility — to share our capabilities with our community, and with those who do not have equal access to justice and legal representation. Our pro bono and community service work is a win win — we provide legal and community service, and gain so much in return.”

- Ed Gates, President and Managing Partner

Handling litigation or legal counseling in other areas provides our professionals with stimulating and rewarding opportunities to help those in need, and may expose them to different sets of challenges than those that they face on a daily basis with our traditional client work.

In recent years, the firm's pro bono program has focused on representing clients in non-IP related cases. We have scored victories on behalf of a range of clients in a variety of cases from immigration/asylum cases, to work on behalf of sexual assault victims, to helping clients with unemployment benefits denial appeals, to aiding non-profit, charitable organizations with trademark disputes. For example:

  • We helped secure an important ruling in a New Jersey appellate court that safeguards the Constitutional rights of criminal defendants to meaningfully examine computer software that the prosecution seeks to use to prove guilt on behalf of The Innocence Project.
  • We won a significant First Amendment case on behalf of a speaker who had been silenced by the Massachusetts Department of Education for his criticism of standardized testing.
  • We won a Housing Court action on behalf of a tenant who was facing eviction. Our counterclaims against the landlord not only protected our client from eviction, but also secured her an award many times the amount originally sought from her landlord. 
  • We secured a divorce and favorable division of assets through settlement for a client seeking relief from a partner with a long-standing struggle with substance abuse. We continue to help this client with the modification and enforcement of her separation agreement.

Click here to learn more about Wolf Greenfield's pro bono work.

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

 

Wolf Greenfield employees are passionate about helping others and making a positive impact in our communities. Whether it’s helping build houses with Habitat for Humanity, raising money for local charities, or providing food and items for those facing food insecurity and homelessness, we offer our time, talent and resources to assist communities with their most challenging issues.

We believe that volunteerism helps to build and promote a positive firm culture and influences teamwork and collaboration. When employees put their skills to good use in a volunteer capacity, there is an opportunity for increased skills, creativity, and ability to work better with others.

“As a partner at Wolf Greenfield, I’m extremely proud to be among a group of colleagues who are dedicated to the community at large — and to be part of a firm that applies its resources to support disadvantaged groups and nonprofit organizations that are providing critical services to the people they serve.”

- Christina Licursi, Shareholder and Executive Committee Member

Employee Match Program

Our employees are passionate about giving and social responsibility, and we like to support that passion through our Wolf Greenfield matching donation program to support nonprofit organizations. Our matching program campaigns make significant impacts and change for our local communities. 

Youth Mentoring Program

The primary focus of the Wolf Greenfield Youth Mentoring Program is to improve outcomes for students from historically disadvantaged socioeconomic groups through mentoring efforts designed to cultivate interest in a variety of career paths, and provide encouragement, experiential insight and hands-on support to achieve educational goals. The Program aims to engage employees across the firm with students while creating the opportunity to build lasting professional relationships. 

Sponsorships & Affiliations

Here is a snapshot of just some of the organizations Wolf Greenfield supports through sponsorship, partnership and participation:

 

Contact

For more information on our pro bono and community service initiatives, please contact Tiffany Hogan, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at diversity@wolfgreenfield.com.