Pro Bono Report 2009: Ranking the Firms



This chart lists the nation’s 200 highest-grossing firms, ranked by their pro bono score. For our Methodology, click here. Half of the score comes from the average number of pro bono hours per lawyer, while the other half represents the percentage of lawyers who perform more than 20 hours of pro bono work. Calculations are based on U.S. offices only. We define pro bono as legal services donated to organizations or individuals that could not otherwise afford them. We do not include work done by paralegals or summer associates, nor time spent on bar association work, on non-legal work for charities, or on boards of nonprofit organizations. A score of 0 indicates that pro bono numbers were not submitted. Percentage of lawyers with more than 20 hours of work may exceed 100 percent because of the way lawyers are counted and the time of year numbers are gathered.

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[1] DLA Piper is structured as a set of alliances, so the results are for the U.S. operation only.
[2] Bell, Boyd & Lloyd merged with K&L Gates in March 2009.
[3] The firm changed its name to K&L Gates from Kirkpatrick Lockhart Preston Gates & Ellis in July 2008.
[4] Bradley Arant Rose & White merged with Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry in January 2009 to form Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.
[5] WolfBlock dissolved in March 2009.
[6] Powell Goldstein merged with Bryan Cave in January 2009.
[7] Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus merged with Shughart Thomson & Kilroy in February 2009 to form Polsinelli Shughart.
[8] Thacher Proffitt & Wood dissolved in January 2009.

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