At Sheppard Mullin, we encourage and support our attorneys to help pro bono clients. Coast-to-coast, we have compiled an admirable record in providing community service and legal services to those in need.
We recently achieved two historic victories on behalf of New York City’s persons with disabilities that were featured in American Lawyer magazine.
Taxis for All Campaign v. Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC)
As a result of the historic settlement in our case challenging the New York City taxicab fleet for not being wheelchair accessible, New York City has agreed to have the New York taxi fleet, which is currently only 1.8% accessible, become 50% accessible over the next six years. The case will transform the lives of tens of thousands of elderly and people with disabilities in New York City.
Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID) et al. v. Mayor Bloomberg, et al.
Represented a class of 900,000 disabled residents of New York City. After trial, a federal judge issued a 119 page ruling that New York City discriminated against people with disabilities in its failure to plan for their needs in large scale disasters such as Hurricane Sandy.