Veteran Litigator Brooks Brown Spearheads Launch of Firm?s Southern California Pro Bono Program
LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 3, 2008 LAWFUEL – Legal Announcement – Goodwin Procter LLP, one of the nation?s leading law firms, today announced the kick-off of its Southern California Pro Bono Program under the leadership of veteran litigator, Brooks R. Brown.
As a newly named member of Goodwin Procter?s Pro Bono Committee, Brown will oversee the firm?s public-spirited efforts in the Los Angeles and San Diego offices as well as developing and expanding pro bono partnerships in the community.
The firm?s attorneys, from the most junior to the most senior, will be leading the way in this inaugural effort to carry over Goodwin Procter?s philanthropic spirit to the West Coast.
After over 11 years of experience with Goodwin Procter in its Boston office, Brown relocated to Southern California in late 2007 as the firm?s first litigation partner to practice from its Los Angeles offices. In addition to his responsibilities to the Pro Bono Program, Brown will continue his practice specializing in general civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on the defense of financial institutions in consumer financial services class action suits. “At the core of Goodwin Procter’s Pro Bono Program is a genuine drive and dedication to help those in need,” said Brown, “I am looking forward to helping our young attorneys focus that energy on helping those unable to afford legal assistance. These experiences will also help shape and enhance their own legal careers as they emerge as leaders in the community.”
Goodwin Procter’s long history of pro bono work and public service is an integral part of the firm?s culture. From the moment new attorneys join the firm, they are provided the opportunity to take part in the Pro Bono Program which has benefited hundreds of individuals and organizations in need.
“Brooks continued dedication to furthering the firm’s long-term commitment to our communities is admirable,” said Regina M. Pisa, Goodwin Procter’s Chairman and Managing Partner.
“We are excited to have him lead the way in expanding Goodwin Procter?s Pro Bono Program to Southern California.”
The Pro Bono Institute issues an annual challenge to devote at least three percent of total billable hours to pro bono work. In 2007, Goodwin Procter met the challenge by dedicating over 43,000 hours to 440 pro bono client matters firm wide.
“Our lawyers exhibit a real excitement, even passion, for getting involved on a regular basis in pro bono assignments,” says Pisa. The Southern California team has partnered with several venerable Los Angeles institutions on their first assignments and will be providing legal assistance on matters including Holocaust reparations, asylum cases, and child advocacy issues.
“Our commitment to offer the expert services of our lawyers to the community through pro bono work is one we take seriously,” said Lewis G. Feldman, Goodwin Procter’s Los Angeles Chair. “Brooks has served as an example to other attorneys by making pro bono work a priority in his career. We are excited about the role our young attorneys have taken in the launch of the firm’s Pro Bono Program in Southern California and with Brooks’ leadership, look forward to building partnerships with the community.”
About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation?s leading law firms with more than 850 attorneys in offices in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.
The firm?s core areas of practice are corporate, litigation and real estate, with specialized areas of focus that include financial services, private equity, technology, REITs and real estate capital markets, intellectual property and products liability. Information may be found at www.goodwinprocter.com.