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Honigman is deeply committed to helping low-income residents and we are very fortunate to have this firm in our community.

Deierdre L. Weir, CEO and President
Legal Aid and Defender Association, Detroit, Michigan

3,678

pro bono hours worked by Honigman attorneys in 2016

 

Pro Bono

“I am very proud of the dedication of Honigman and its attorneys in providing legal services to people who need our assistance. Giving back is an important tradition at Honigman, whether it is through pro bono volunteer services, our firm’s commitment to many nonprofit organizations, or our individual attorneys’ work in the community. Thank you for helping carry on this tradition in the communities where we live and work.”

Statement of David Foltyn, Chairman and CEO, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

At Honigman, we believe it is our duty and our responsibility to make the legal system more accessible and affordable to all, regardless of economic status or ability to pay. The pro bono program at Honigman has been a deeply ingrained and vibrant component of our culture and one that brings great value to our practice of the law. We actively seek pro bono and community service opportunities to serve those in need.

For many years, Honigman has collaborated with numerous local organizations to provide free legal services to the under-served in our community.  Our attorneys have dedicated thousands of hours to pro bono projects assisting individuals in a variety of cases. Some of these include helping soldiers draft estate planning documents prior to deployment, assisting a Paralympic athlete in winning the right to compete in the Paralympic Games, helping local residents expunge their criminal records so that they can access employment and housing opportunities, drafting start-up documents for nonprofits that serve the indigent population in our community, and assisting with a multitude of other civil matters for those who could not otherwise afford legal services.

Honigman is frequently honored for outstanding pro bono work. The firm is included in the State Bar of Michigan’s 2017 Pro Bono Circle of Excellence, which recognizes firms that demonstrate pro bono leadership and commitment to the community. Honigman was also selected as Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year for 2012 by the Detroit Legal Aid and Defender Association.

We are gratified by making a positive impact on people and organizations most in need in our communities. However, we would be amiss not to further acknowledge that the pro bono work we do yields positive benefits to our firm by developing qualities in our attorneys that make us better professionals and community members. Our experience confirms that—in illuminating the human dimension inherent in the resolution of legal problems—pro bono work builds our perspective,  develops our sensitivity, enhances our listening and problem-solving skills, and improves our ability to effectively communicate with clients.