TALLAHASSEE — The Tampa office of Foley & Lardner is the recipient of the 2019 Law Firm Commendation at the annual Pro Bono Awards ceremony on Feb. 7 at the Supreme Court of Florida, with the award being presented by Chief Justice Charles Canady.
The award recognizes meaningful contributions to groups and people through pro bono legal services.
"Foley & Lardner is an international law firm, with five offices in Florida," with this year's award going to the Tampa office, "which opened in 1981, but the commitment to pro bono service is a hallmark of a firm that traces its origins back to 1842," stated a press release issued on Jan. 16.
The firm's awarded project aims on those who are not able to afford for an attorney.
"In its nomination of the Foley & Lardner Tampa office, the Volunteer Lawyers Program of Bay Area Legal Services praised the firm for its help with VLP’s Case Referral Panel, Intake Clinic and Mentor Panel as well as the Community Counsel Program, which provides pro bono transactional legal assistance to nonprofit organizations that serve the poor. From 2011-2017, Foley attorneys donated more than 1,900 hours to the Volunteer Lawyers Program and worked on at least 140 cases," the release said.
Foley & Lardner also carry an initiative called Project H.E.L.P, a legal clinic held at Metropolitan Ministries where the firm's attorneys help homeless people with their legal issues.
Between 2015 and 2017, per the release, "Foley & Lardner’s Tampa attorneys donated 5,598 hours of pro bono hours to countless clients and projects," and 100 percent of the firm's lawyers "participate in pro bono service."
The firm was also awarded with the Law Firm Commendation for the year of 2011.