Kramer Levin Lawyer Wins NYSBA President’s Pro Bono Service Award for 2008

The award further establishes Kramer Levin as a Pro Bono leader

New York, May 5, 2008 (Lawfuel) – Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP intellectual property associate, Aaron M. Frankel, was honored by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) with the President’s Pro Bono Service Award for 2008 for the First Judicial District. He was honored for his extraordinary pro bono service to poor and disadvantaged New Yorkers. Kathryn Madigan, President of the association presented the award on May 1 in Albany. One recipient was selected from each Judicial District in New York.

“We are extremely proud of Aaron’s dedication and accomplishments,” said Jeffrey S. Trachtman, Kramer Levin’s Pro Bono Chair. “He has provided the New York community with excellent pro bono representation on asylum, LGBT rights and housing matters, including as a Kramer Levin extern at South Brooklyn Legal Services. He has shown extraordinary leadership in co-organizing and co-supervising the firm’s overall asylum program and encouraging pro bono involvement by other associates throughout the firm.”

Kramer Levin has had a long-standing commitment to the community that has, in part, defined the firm’s culture. The firm has been the recipient of numerous pro bono awards including: the 2007 John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award, the 2006 National Law Journal Pro Bono Award, and the Legal Aid Society’s Exceptional Pro Bono Publico and Public Service Law Firm Award for 2000. The firm also previously received an NYSBA President’s Pro Bono Service Award in 2005. In addition, the firm will be honored on May 8 by Northside Center for Child Development for its pro bono work on behalf of the center.

Frankel, who represents clients in complex patent, trademark and trade secret litigations and arbitrations, is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. “Once attorneys take on their first pro bono case, they realize how rewarding pro bono can be, and that it really is manageable to balance pro bono commitments with billable work,” Frankel said. “The work for which I was recognized would not have been possible without the supportive policies and culture of my firm.”

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, with approximately 370 attorneys, is a full-service law firm with offices in New York and Paris. The firm represents clients worldwide, from the Global 1000 to entrepreneurial start-up concerns and individuals. Additional information about the firm’s pro bono program is available on the firm’s website:

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