Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione Builds on Pro Bono Leadership; Joins the Chicago Bar Foundation Leadership Circle as Charter Member

CHICAGO – LAWFUEL – Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, is pleased to announce that it has become a Gold level charter member of the recently-established Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) Law Firm Leadership Circle, building on its existing pro bono leadership. Recognizing the importance of ensuring access to justice in the Chicago area, the new Leadership Circle embodies best practices for law firms on pro bono, firm giving and related issues involving access to justice.

“Our firm believes in providing pro bono services to people of limited means and to charitable organizations in furtherance of their organizational goals,” said Brad Lane, Pro Bono Committee chair and a shareholder at Brinks. “By becoming a Gold level charter member of the CBF Law Firm Leadership Circle, we intend to be an example to other law firms. Regardless of the number of attorneys in a law firm, all it takes is a commitment to pro bono to make a difference in the community.”

Since formalizing and expanding its existing pro bono policy in 2000, the firm’s pro bono work has become a vital part of the firm’s culture, encouraging firm lawyers to serve the disadvantaged, providing trial advocacy and negotiation training to its attorneys and becoming a source of pride for the entire firm.

In joining the Leadership Circle at the Gold status level, Brinks has pledged to build on its existing commitment to support pro bono endeavors and legal aid by:

•Encouraging each of its attorneys to complete at least 50 hours of pro bono work each year;
•Donating $600 or more per attorney in the firm’s Chicago office to legal aid organizations annually;
•Participating in the annual CBF’s Investing in Justice Campaign;
•Advocating for adequate legal aid funding at the federal, state and local levels;
•Providing in-kind marketing, training and administrative support for legal aid agencies to the extent practicable; and
•Striving to support public interest law fellowships, rotations and internships.

The Chicago Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of The Chicago Bar Association and rallies Chicago’s legal community to ensure that everyone in the Chicago area has access to the justice system, particularly the low-income and disadvantaged Chicagoans who most need the protections of our civil legal system. The CBF’s work is made possible by the generous support of more than 150 law firms and corporations and thousands of individual donors. For more information about the CBF and the Leadership Circle, visit www.chicagobar.org.

Founded in 1917, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione is based in Chicago with four additional offices across the country serving the intellectual property needs of clients from around the world. The firm is one of the largest IP law firms in the country, with more than 170 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents specializing in intellectual property litigation and all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, intellectual asset management, and technology and licensing agreements. Brinks routinely handles assignments in fields as diverse as electrical, chemical, mechanical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, nanotechnology, Internet and computer technology, as well as in trademarks and brand names for a wide variety of products and services. For more information, visit www.usebrinks.com.

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