Cleary Gottlieb Recognized as Law360 Pro Bono Firm of the Year

September 9, 2016

Cleary has been selected as a 2016 Pro Bono Firm of the Year by Law360.

The honor recognizes firms that have demonstrated a commitment to pro bono clients and winning critical cases that promote the rule of law.

A few of the firm’s high-stakes pro bono cases in the last year include:

  • Winning a $250,000 settlement for a U.S. citizen who was falsely arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and prosecuted by the U.S. government.
  • Securing a $32,500 settlement for a young U.S. citizen who was sent back to Guatemala rather than being reunited with her U.S. citizen parents who were assumed to be illegal immigrants.
  • Securing settlement of $125,000 in a Federal Tort Claims Act suit against the U.S. for an unaccompanied minor who was persuaded to participate in a high-risk sting operation and was injured and detained with no medical attention.
  • Filing a federal lawsuit for victims of sexual abuse at the women’s jail on Rikers Island. The conditions at Rikers Island have been the subject of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation and have received extensive local and national press coverage.

In 2015, our U.S. offices dedicated more than 63,000 hours to more than 500 pro bono clients, averaging more than 90 hours of pro bono per lawyer. This is the fourth time that Cleary Gottlieb has been named a “Pro Bono Firm of the Year” since the list’s inception in 2010 and in 2015 Cleary was named a Law360 Pro Bono All Star for its exceptional commitment to pro bono work year after year. Read more about our pro bono efforts here.