2012 Pro Bono Survey

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This chart lists the nation's 200 highest-grossing firms ranked by their pro bono score. Half of the score comes from the average number of pro bono hours per lawyer in 2011, while the other half represents the percentage of lawyers who performed more than 20 hours of pro bono work. Calculations are based on the number of lawyers in U.S. offices only as of December 31, 2011.

We define pro bono work 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.

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1 Kilpatrick Stockton joined with Townsend and Townsend and Crew to form Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in January 2011.
2 Joined with Baker & Daniels to form Faegre Baker Daniels, effective January 2012. Results are for the legacy operation only.
3 Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge merged with Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon to form Edwards Wildman Palmer in October 2011.
4 Squire, Sanders & Dempsey joined with Hammonds to form the Squire Sanders verein in January 2011.
5 Joined with Faegre & Benson to form Faegre Baker Daniels, effective January 2012. Results are for the legacy operation only.

Dewey & LeBoeuf disbanded while the data collection and verification for our latest rankings was underway, and it does not appear on this chart. Before its dissolution, the firm reported a total of 113,809 hours for 2011, and 61.5 percent of its U.S. lawyers performing more than 20 hours of pro bono work.

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