(Baltimore) June 1, 2010 – DLA Piper is pleased to announce that Christopher Vaughn will receive a 2010 Maryland Pro Bono Service Award from the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. The award will be presented at the Maryland State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting on June 12 at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland. Vaughn is an associate in DLA Piper’s Corporate and Securities practice in the Baltimore office.
Vaughn was recognized for his significant dedication and commitment to providing pro bono civil legal services to those in need in Maryland, particularly in areas of poverty, education, the environment and services for children. Last year, he devoted over 230 hours to pro bono work and another 24 hours to community volunteer work.
“We are thrilled that Chris is being honored for his tireless dedication to delivering legal services to the poor and underserved in our community and overseas,” said Gina M. Zawitoski, partner and pro bono coordinator for DLA Piper’s Baltimore office. “Despite an industrious and demanding full time legal career, Chris has taken on a broad range of pro bono work and made significant contributions to individuals in need and the nonprofit organizations who serve them.”
Vaughn has provided pro bono legal services to Catholic Relief Services, a Baltimore-based non-profit organization that assists impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas through emergency relief and long-term development projects. He is also assisting in the due diligence process and negotiations surrounding the pending merger of five foundations committed to protecting the Baltimore Harbor in order to make more efficient use of grant funds. Vaughn is also active in Maryland’s Mentoring Male Teens program, which addresses the challenges that young, African-American boys face, and provides various legal services to the organization.
At DLA Piper, Vaughn concentrates his practice on international business transactions and private equity. He represents multinational corporations and private equity firms in their mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of foreign and domestic concerns. Vaughn has spent considerable time in the Middle East, East Africa and the Far East. He was a research fellow in Amman, Jordan, a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and a student of language and law in China.
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