Pro Bono and Community Service

We believe pro bono work should be a mindful choice, one that expresses both personal and collective interests.

So rather than make pro bono work mandatory at Cleary Gottlieb, we fully support the voluntary legal efforts of all of our lawyers.

More than 70 percent of Cleary lawyers logged more than 90,000 hours worldwide to pro bono legal counsel and public service efforts.

Attorneys and stagiaires in Cleary’s German offices work on pro bono projects originating from the German offices and our offices worldwide. In Germany, the firm has been working primarily in response to the ongoing refugee crisis. Among other endeavors, attorneys have the opportunity to receive training in asylum and residency law, write legal memoranda, advise asylees and entities supporting refugees, and conduct research on the wider sociological context of the crisis. We are involved with a number of pro bono organizations in Germany, and are active contributors to the wider pro bono community.

In 2015, Law360 named Cleary a Pro Bono Firm of the Year and a Pro Bono All Star—an honor accorded to firms appearing on the Pro Bono Firms of the Year list at least three times since 2010. In addition, Cleary received the 2016 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, and earned a spot on The National Law Journal’s 2016 Pro Bono Hot List.

We approach our pro bono work exactly as we approach our paying cases: putting the full needs of the client front and center. A supervising partner at the helm of each project ensures that we leverage the full resources of the firm to solve complex legal problems, provide assistance for growing social issues and add value to all required client services.