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March 07, 2024

2023 ABA Free Legal Answers Pro Bono Leaders

The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service annually recognizes individual attorneys, law firms, and other legal groups that have provided extraordinary pro bono services through—a virtual legal clinic through which income-eligible clients can post civil legal services questions to be answered by pro bono attorneys from their state.  

Individual Attorneys

The following attorneys have been recognized for answering 50 or more civil legal questions through the program in 2023.


Michael Forton, Legal Services Alabama


Stephanie Rhoades


Scott Klundt, Retired from Quarles LLP
Robert J Murillo, Pivotal Legal Ltd.
Paul D Nordini, Paul D. Nordini, Esq.


Arthur P Bowen, Solo Practitioner
Donna D Branch, Branch Legal Services
Christine Dillard, Southwest Power Pool
Mary E Green, Mary E. Green, PA


Philip R Cosgrove, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Andrew Nelms, Cooley


Ronald D Japha, Private Practice
Megan E Kelly-Maynard, MM
Richard M Lucas, Charter Communications


Dahlia M French, French Legal, PLLC
Lawrence G Widem, Widem Law Group


Gypsy Bailey, The Florida Bar
Luis E Basagoitia, The Law Office of Luis Basagoitia, P.A.
Jonathan Benjamin, Benjamin Law Practice, PLLC
Jaime K Council, Law Offices of Curtis & Associates, P.A.
Craig R Dearr, Private Practice - Dearr Perdigon, Attorneys at Law
Dennis F Fountain, Private Practice
Kelly B Puckett, Private Practice
Barbara B Stage, Stage Law Firm PA
Leah R Wiederspahn
Eric Buetens, Solo


Timothy J Graves, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Kathryn B Hecker, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Paul R Krebs, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Lauren E Lisauskas, Troutman Pepper


Jennifer L Kincaid, Pepping Balk Kincaid & Olson, LTD
Reuben A Bernick, Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux
Rebecca A Fabian, Chapman and Cutler LLP
Anthony Frank, MCC
Harold B Hilborn, Much Shelist
Mike McElvain, Law Office of Mike McElvain
Barbara J O'Brien, Pro Bono Network
Jessica A Ring, Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP
Jonathan R Williams, Mayer Brown LLP


Michael B Gastineau, Cook Medical
Maxwell Happe, Pro Bono Indiana
Michael A Huerta, Retired
Cara N Ralston, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Daniel C Reuter, Reuter Law Office
Renee A Skeete, Renee Skeete
Kevin Werner, Kevin Werner Atty at Law
Robert Scott Wylie, Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana
Eric Buetens, Solo


Jennifer L Kincaid, Pepping Balk Kincaid & Olson, LTD


Brian R Johnson, Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, LLC
Peter S Thriffiley, Peter S. Thriffiley APLC
Cornelia Ullmann, Law Office of Cornelia S. Ullmann LLC


Michael Asen, MillerAsen
Fred W Bopp III, Bopp & Guecia
Maryellen Sullivan, Port City Legal, LLC


Jeanette L Cole, Private Practice


Anthony M Czar, Private Practice
Peter J Fellman, Law Office of Peter J. Fellman
Keith G Langer, Keith G. Langer, Attorney at Law
Douglas W McCormac, Retired
Alan J Pransky, Law Office of Alan Pransky
Meg M Rehrauer, Liberty Mutual
Nicholas J Stabile, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Kristen M Whittle, Liberty Mutual Corporate Legal Department


Seth Shannon, Attorney at Law


Attorney E Bodnam, Law Office of Elizabeth A. Bodnam
Christopher P Cox, Law Office of Christopher P. Cox, L.L.C.
Ronald J Eisenberg, Schultz Law Group LLC
Hon. Paul T Luckenbill, Retired Associate Circuit Judge
Robert S Moss, Robert S. Moss, Attorney
Robert G Pennell, The Law Offices of Robert Grant Pennell, LLC
Barbara A Urick, Retired

New Hampshire

Martha L Davidson, Braucher & Associates, PLLC
L Phillips Runyon III, Runyon Law Office, PLLC
Tony F Soltani, Munilaw Group

New Jersey

Michael P Sawka, Law Offices of Michael Sawka LLC

New Mexico

Lisa K Cummings, Retired
Damon J Hudson, Singleton Schreiber

New York

Michael J Del Piano, Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP
Daniel S Gobaud, Gobaud Law Firm
Phillip  Hurwitz, Phillip R. Hurwitz, Attorney at Law
Arthur A Katz, Of Counsel, Otterbourg PC
David Mills, Mayer Brown LLP
Jon M Probstein, Law Offices of Jon Michael Probstein
Adam S Proujansky, Blank Rome LLP
Del Seligman
Shaina A Silverman, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
David J Solimeno, Barclay Damon LLP - New York, NY

North Carolina

Adam W Arthur, Kirkman Attorneys at Law
Lynn E Coleman, Lynn E Coleman Attorney-Mediator
Afi S Johnson-Parris, Fox Rothschild LLP
Brandon A Robinson, Brandon A. Robinson, Attorney at Law
Janet E Steddum, Retired
Linda C Trees, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP


Melissa A Brooks, Oklahoma Access to Justice Foundation
Timothy C Dowd, Elias, Books, Brown & Nelson
Travis C Smith, Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Paula D Wood, Wood Law Office Associates


Marjorie Bagnato, NEC Corporation of America
Richard J Freyvogel, Jr., Private Practice
Amy B Good
David M Korman, Emeritus Attorney

South Carolina

Tara E Nauful, Best Law, P.A.

South Dakota

Marwin L Smith, Colorado River Indian Tribes


Kevin D Balkwill, Ethics Law, PLLC
Richard B Gossett, Private Practice
Bryan C. Hathorn, Bryan C. Hathorn
Mary Jo Middlebrooks, Middlebrooks & Gray, P.A
Bruce A. Ralston, Law Office of Bruce A. Ralston
Caraline E Rickard, Rickard Masker, PLC
Moriah C Rue, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
Carl E. Seely, Divorce Incorporated
Yasmin K Stiggons, Husch Blackwell LLP
Alissa N Watson, Husch Blackwell LLP


Emma Kate F Blackwood, Dykema
Fran Brochstein
Ronald Ned Dennis, Ronald Ned Dennis, Attorney at Law
Kelsey Q French, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Garrett A Heckman, Heckman Law, PC
Joseph A Holloway, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Garrett L Korbitz, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Vesta M Kuntz, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Stuart A Lautin, Higier Allen & Lautin PC
Ayissa L Maldonado, Husch Blackwell
Sahil  Nooruddin, Locke Lord
Christopher D Richardson, Hunton Andrews Kurth
Karon L Rowden, Texas A & M School of Law - Family & Veterans Advocacy Clinic
Megan M Teltschik, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Alex R Turner, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Kevin A Wakefield, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP


Jacob R Davis, Grimmer Davis Revelli & Ballif, PC


Roger E Kohn, Kohn Rath


Kevin M Allison, Solo/Retired
Suzan D Herskowitz, Suzan D. Herskowitz, P.L.L.C.
Andrew E Levitt, Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz LLP
Julia C Phillips, Federal Aviation Administration
Ara L Tramblian, Retired
John D Williams
Maxanne Witkin, Retired from Federal Government

West Virginia

M. Jane Glauser, Schrader, Companion, Duff & Law, PLLC
Richard Goldstein, Solo Practitioner
Nigel E Jeffries


Karen M Bauer, Federal Government
Michelle A Behnke, Michelle Behnke & Associates
Max Chester, Foley & Lardner LLP
Stephen C Harkess, Midwest Legal Services
Jill L Johnson, J.Johnson Law Group L.L.C.
JJ  Moore, Legal Action of Wisconsin
Michael Tobin, Retired
Steven C Wheeler, Wheeler Equal Rights Law


Nila Jeanne Core, Core Legal, LLC

Law Firms/Corporation Law Departments/Legal Organizations

The following law firms, corporate law departments and legal organizations were recognized for each collectively answering 75 or more questions in 2023:

Alston & Bird LLP
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Barclay Damon LLP
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
Blank Rome LLP
Bowles Rice LLP
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Butler Snow LLP
Chapman and Cutler LLP
Cook Group
Cooley LLP
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Dykema Gossett PLLC
Entergy Corporation
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Husch Blackwell LLP
Legal Services Alabama
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
Mayer Brown LLP
McGuireWoods LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Offices of the United States Attorneys
Paul Hastings, LLP
Pro Bono Network
Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP
United States Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona
Vinson & Elkins LLP

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