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Pro Bono & Community Involvement

We are committed to providing pro bono representation to individuals and organizations in the communities where we practice.

A Firm Commitment

Jackson Lewis P.C.’s deep commitment to pro bono legal services is formalized in its Pro Bono Initiative.  In 2016, our attorneys donated over 15,000 hours of pro bono legal services, and over $6 million worth of lawyers’ time to pro bono legal matters.

At the core of our Pro Bono Initiative is the belief that the firm and our attorneys play a unique role in ensuring equal access to the justice system on behalf of the disadvantaged and charitable organizations that serve the indigent. Not only does pro bono work provide a valuable public service, it dispenses invaluable training for our attorneys.  Jackson Lewis was included in Law 360’s list of “The 10 Most Charitable Law Firms,” a compilation of law firms that made the largest charitable donations in 2014.

National Coordinators

Robyn L. Aversa



Stephanie E. Lewis

Office Managing Principal


New York Metro
New York City


Douglas G. Smith

Office Managing Principal


Representative Matters

Jackson Lewis attorneys have successfully served indigent clients across the country in a wide variety of pro bono matters, including securing civil rights and access to housing; representing children, parents, and vulnerable adults in custody disputes; ensuring appropriate outreach efforts for veterans; and filing disability claims for disabled homeless veterans.  In addition, we partner with our corporate clients to provide legal services and training on legal topics to public interest organizations.  An illustrative list of organizations and communities impacted includes:

  • Wounded Warrior Project: We provide national pro bono assistance to the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit dedicated to helping veterans injured in combat since 9/11. We established a dedicated helpline and handle a variety of matters that help veterans resolve legal issues after returning from combat.
  • Pro Bono Partnership: Throughout the Connecticut, New Jersey and New York area, our attorneys have assisted a diverse group of Partnership not-for profit clients with their workplace compliance needs, whether through advice and counsel, training or preparing employee handbooks. We have been actively involved with the Partnership since 1998, when one of our Shareholders served on its Board, and are proud of our growing relationship across the tri-state region.
  • Susan Komen for the Cure: We provide national pro bono assistance on various types of labor and employment matters, including training and handbook reviews.
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: We provide national coverage for the labor and employment law needs of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America: We provide pro bono legal assistance on a wide variety of labor and employment matters to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.
  • Street Law’s Youth Development Program: Our Washington, D.C. Region office established a partnership with this organization which addresses a wide range of issues for young people aging out of the foster care system and homeless and runaway youths.

We also provide pro bono legal assistance to numerous other organizations across the country, including the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Committee, the Illinois African-American Coalition for Prevention, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc., Nebraska Legal Aid, Chicago Bar Foundation, Newark Emergency Services For Families and the Northern Virginia Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

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August 3, 2018
Family Promise

Jackson Lewis Provides Pro Bono Services to Family Promise

August 3, 2018

Jackson Lewis is spotlighted for providing pro bono legal services in "Family Promise Partners with National Law Firm," published by Family Promise.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

June 27, 2018
The American Lawyer

Jackson Lewis Spotlighted in National Pro Bono Rankings

June 27, 2018

Jackson Lewis is spotlighted for the number of pro bono hours worked by its attorneys in "The American Lawyer's National Pro Bono Rankings," published by The American Lawyer. Subscription may be required to view article  Read More

May 25, 2018
Home Base

Gary Pappas Spotlighted for Supporting Early Care and Education Programs

May 25, 2018

Gary Pappas is spotlighted for urging Mass. lawmakers to retain and attract high-quality early educators in the Commonwealth in "Man on a Mission: Home Base' Executive Director Lends Voice to Public Health Issues," published by Home Base. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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