WASHINGTON, November 20, 2013 – Patton Boggs LLP is proud to announce recent honors by two prominent bar associations, both of which underscore the firm’s long-standing commitment to pro bono legal services and the dedication of Patton Boggs attorneys who provide those services.
Alyson N. Villano, an associate in the firm’s Newark, New Jersey office, was awarded the New Jersey State Bar Association’s 2013 Pro Bono Award in recognition of exemplary public service and her commitment to pro bono legal services. One of just two recipients statewide to be honored for pro bono work undertaken in 2013, Ms. Villano accepted the award at the association’s Annual Pro Bono Conference, held October 29 in New Brunswick.
Additionally, attorneys in the firm’s Dallas office were recognized by the Dallas Bar Association for exceptional pro bono commitment with the 2013 Gold Award for Pro Bono Service. The honor was presented at the Dallas Bar Association’s Annual Pro Bono Awards Celebration, held October 30 at the Belo Pavilion, Dallas. This is the twelfth consecutive year that Patton Boggs has been recognized for its outstanding pro bono work by the Dallas Bar Association.
Ms. Villano was honored for her many years of helping victims of domestic violence through Partners for Women and Justice and the Rachel Coalition, two organizations dedicated to helping women affected by domestic violence.
“Alyson’s work represents the very best of pro bono legal services,” said James E. Tyrrell, Jr., regional managing partner of Patton Boggs’ New York and New Jersey offices. “Her work helps individuals facing tremendous obstacles, by providing services they could not otherwise afford, as well as entire communities, by addressing an insidious social issue. We congratulate her on this well- deserved honor.”
“Patton Boggs has long been committed to pro bono,” added Michael S. Forshey, managing partner of the firm’s Dallas office. “Pro bono is part of the fabric of our firm culture that traces its roots back to our founding more than a half century ago. We are pleased to be recognized for our efforts, but the true reward comes from making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate in the communities where were live and work.”
Patton Boggs has a long-standing commitment to the development and delivery of legal services to people of limited means. At the heart of Patton Boggs’ reputation for excellence is the firm’s commitment to give back to the communities in which its professionals live and work. Following are additional examples of Patton Boggs attorneys being recognized for pro bono work:
- Patton Boggs was the 2012 recipient of the W. Frank Newton Pro Bono Award in recognition of pro bono work by attorneys in the firm’s Dallas office. This state-wide award from the State Bar of Texas recognizes the pro bono efforts of attorney groups whose members have made an outstanding contribution toward increasing access to legal services for the poor.
- In March 2012, Patton Boggs was recognized by the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services for its pro bono contributions. The firm was honored for its commitment to public service, with at least 40 percent of its attorneys having performed 50 hours or more of pro bono work in 2011.
- In January 2012, attorneys practicing in the firm’s New Jersey office were recognized by
The New Jersey Law Journal and the Partners for Women and Justice for their pro bono service during the previous year.