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Pro Bono
We are committed to applying our skills, resources, and innovative approach to the law on behalf of pro bono clients locally and around the world. Maureen Alger, Pro Bono Partner

We serve our communities by representing hundreds of pro bono clients annually. We help our clients overcome obstacles that appear insurmountable without legal assistance. Through our pro bono work, we empower individuals to seek justice and opportunity, provide nonprofit organizations the tools they need to effect change, and support the economic development of underserved communities.

We collaborate with local and national legal services organizations and with corporate clients in our pro bono efforts.

All of our lawyers are encouraged to participate in our pro bono practice and pro bono work is given the same weight and credit as other matters.

2020 Year-End Pro Bono Stats

  • 100,000+ hours 
  • 1,000+ timekeepers
  • 500+ nonprofit clients
  • 125+ legal services partners

Pro Bono Practice Areas

Cooley lawyers handle a wide variety of pro bono matters, including:

  • Asylum 
  • Civil Rights
  • Nonprofit Advising
  • Micro-Enterprise Advising 
  • Advocacy for Children & Youth
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Pro Bono Committee
Maureen Alger Partner Palo Alto
Erich Veitenheimer Senior Counsel Washington, DC
Orion Armon Partner Colorado
Kevin Perry Retired Partner London
Bobby Ghajar Partner Los Angeles
Stephanie Gentile Partner New York
Ian Shapiro Partner New York
Marc Suskin Partner New York
Reuben Chen Partner Palo Alto
Angela Dunning Partner Palo Alto
Erik Edwards Partner Palo Alto
Brian Burke Partner Reston
Samantha LaPine Partner San Diego, San Francisco
Summer Wynn Partner San Diego, Los Angeles
Whitty Somvichian Partner San Francisco
Peter H. Werner Partner San Francisco
Christopher B. Durbin Partner Seattle

Cooley Cares

Giving back to our local communities is one of our core firm values. In addition to our pro bono work, we also give back by supporting local causes and nonprofits with financial resources and with our time. Each office chooses organizations to support throughout the year. We also provide financial support to national and international charitable organizations.

New York Community

Cooley’s New York office has a close partnership with Safe Horizon, a support agency serving more than 250,000 people affected by domestic crime and abuse.

Together We Rise

Cooley partnered with Together We Rise, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of foster children in the US, to host a day at Disneyland that reunited 200 siblings in foster care.

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