Sheppard Mullin Names Dan Brown As Firm’s First Dedicated Pro Bono Partner
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is proud to announce that Dan Brown, a partner in the firm’s Business Trial practice group, has been named the firm’s first dedicated Pro Bono Partner. Previously, Brown has overseen the firm’s pro bono practice while maintaining an active litigation practice. In this new role, Brown will focus on the firm’s pro bono program and matters in each of its 15 offices.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have Dan take on this new role,” said Guy Halgren, Sheppard Mullin Chairman. “His career-spanning commitment to pro bono is compelling and inspiring. Dan has always led by example to encourage attorneys to do pro bono to help those in need and to be better lawyers. This new role is a natural next step for Dan and Sheppard Mullin.”
Brown said, “I’ve been so lucky to work at a law firm that values the importance of giving back and supports pro bono work. This new role demonstrates Sheppard Mullin’s continuing commitment to the communities in which we work and to close the justice gap. I’m tremendously honored to be entrusted with this responsibility and anxious to work with our amazing attorneys to take Sheppard Mullin’s pro bono program to a new level.”
In 2015, Brown received the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award, which honors those who have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to our nation's poor and disadvantaged. Brown’s pro bono work on behalf of the disability community in New York City led to the creation of a wheelchair division in the New York City Marathon, an agreement to make the yellow taxi fleet 50 percent wheelchair accessible, the creation of the country’s most comprehensive emergency plan for people with disabilities, and dramatically improved sidewalks for people who use wheelchairs or are blind. Dan currently leads a Sheppard Mullin team litigating multiple cases to make the subway system accessible to people who cannot use stairs.