Pro Bono

We are proud that our partner Daniel L. Brown is the recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2015 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.  A partner in Sheppard Mullin’s Business Trial practice group, Dan is also chair of the firm’s pro bono committee.  

This video tells our story better than we can; it features many of the people who we have had the privilege of assisting and underscores Sheppard Mullin’s commitment to pro bono work.

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. 

  • In October 2017 the firm once again received the Marvin Frankel Award from Human Rights First, an organization that teams up with frontline activists and lawyers to tackle global challenges that demand American leadership. 
  • The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) presented Sheppard Mullin with the 2017 "Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award" at their annual Access to Justice dinner. Since 2015, attorneys in the Sheppard Mullin Los Angeles office, led by LAFLA Board Vice President Jim Burgess, have fought tirelessly to give a voice to homeless citizens who try to access the city’s beaches.
  • Sheppard Mullin received the Legal Aid Society of Orange County’s (LASOC) 2017 "Access to Justice Award." Sheppard Mullin provided thousands of hours of pro bono service to a wide range of LASOC matters aimed at serving Orange County's homeless population and preventing vulnerable seniors, veterans, and children and their families from becoming homeless.
  • The San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP) honored Sheppard Mullin as the Outstanding Law Firm of the Year for 2017. Sheppard Mullin handled 35 matters for SDVLP last year and provided financial and other support for SDVLP programs, including the Women’s Resource Fair.


Notable Pro Bono Cases
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.