Pro Bono

Barnes & Thornburg LLP has a long tradition of pro bono service nationally, regionally, and at the local level to persons of lesser means and to nonprofit service organizations. The firm values pro bono work, donating millions of dollars of legal services annually in pro bono matters, with the firm’s partners consistently leading the way in performing significant pro bono work, and in mentoring associates in pro bono matters chosen by associates. The firm is committed to participating in and supporting pro bono legal and civic opportunities at every level, with attorneys representing individuals, nonprofits and service organizations. The breadth and diversity of pro bono performed by Barnes & Thornburg attorneys is significant, ranging from appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals for indigent individuals, domestic violence matters for abused women, and formation and counsel to scores of nonprofits across the country.

The firm has a comprehensive Pro Bono Policy that is administered by a multi-office Pro Bono Committee comprised of partners and associates from our offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Delaware, Indiana, Los Angeles, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. All attorneys are encouraged to provide at least 25 hours of legal pro bono services a year - separate from individual volunteerism efforts and board involvement. The firm also gives billable hour credit to associates for up to 50 hours of approved legal pro bono work. In addition, the firm and our attorneys also provide substantial financial support to many providers who perform legal services for those who cannot afford them.

Barnes & Thornburg is a member of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project, a national nonprofit organization comprised of leading national law firms committed to pro bono legal services. Beyond being a member of that organization, the firm is also a signatory to the Pro Bono Pledge, through which the firm strives to devote 3 percent of the Firms’ billable hours to pro bono services.

The firm is consistently ranked in the top 150 of law firms by The American Lawyer pro bono rankings, including one ranking as high as 73rd in the nation for pro bono service. Moreover, in recent years, the firm has received pro bono recognition awards from the Heartland Pro Bono Council, the Indiana Bar Foundation, and the Indianapolis Bar Association. Additionally, many individual attorneys have been recognized for their work.