About Us

Pro bono legal service has been deeply rooted in our culture since Debevoise was founded in 1931. While it satisfies our ethical obligation to help those in need, it is also part of what makes our lawyers strong leaders of our practices, and our communities.

We finished No. 1 overall and No. 1 in pro bono among all U.S. law firms in The American Lawyer’s recently published “10-Year A-List,” and are a charter signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge™, agreeing to commit at least 5% of annual billed time to pro bono matters, as well as the New York City Bar Statement of Pro Bono Principles.

Debevoise has longstanding relationships with legal service organizations like The Legal Aid Society, Human Rights First, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Inc. and LawWorks who refer work to our lawyers. Other pro bono projects grow out of interests that our lawyers pursue outside of the firm.

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