Vedder Price

An extraordinary need exists for provision of legal services to those unable to pay, and our lawyers are committed to fulfilling their professional obligation to provide pro bono legal services to the community.

Our Pro Bono Committee, led by co-chairs Michelle Olson and Patrick Spangler, oversees the Firm’s pro bono activities and works to develop relationships with pro bono agencies around the world.

We treat our pro bono clients with the same dedication and attention as our paying clients and the full resources of the Firm are available to serve their needs. Associates may receive up to 100 hours of chargeable credit per calendar year for performing pro bono work. Shareholders will receive up to 75 hours of chargeable hours credit per calendar year for pro bono work.

Recent Vedder Price pro bono activities include:

Northwestern University's Bluhm Legal Clinic. The Children’s Law Pro Bono Project of the Children and Family Justice Center of Northwestern University School of Law's Bluhm Legal Clinic honored Vedder Price Shareholder Michael Mulcahy for his tireless efforts to represent juveniles in delinquency and school expulsion cases.

In addition, the Children’s Law Pro Bono Project honored Vedder Price attorneys who have volunteered their time to provide legal representation to children who are often neglected, abused or delinquent.

Public Interest Law Initiative Recognition. Vedder Price is a proud recipient of the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Pro Bono Initiative Honor Roll Award. For more than 27 years, PILI has been creating opportunities for law students and lawyers to provide public-interest work in Chicago. The organization’s Pro Bono Initiative Program engages law firms and corporate legal departments in pro bono projects.

Criminal Appeals. Our litigators assist with the backlog of pro bono appellate matters, handling several cases annually; for example, one case resulting in a decision that the trial judge had failed to inform the pro se defendant of her right to counsel.

Other. Our attorneys also provide pro bono legal services to such organizations as Lawyers for the Creative Arts, the Chicago Community Loan Fund, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago and the Anti-Defamation League.



Professionals



Danielle Meltzer Cassel

Shareholder



Thomas R. Dee

Shareholder



Deborah A. Hedley

Associate



David M. Hernandez

Shareholder



Meg Inomata

Associate



Nusra Ismail

Associate



Blaine C. Kimrey

Shareholder



Daniel B. Lange

Shareholder



Blythe E. Lovinger

Shareholder



Jonathan Maude

Partner



Sadina Montani

Shareholder



Michael R. Mulcahy

General Counsel



Michelle T. Olson

Associate



Scott H. Olson

Shareholder



Anthony Pacheco

Shareholder



Shelby E. Parnes

Shareholder



Caitlin C. Podbielski

Associate



Anand V. Ramana

Shareholder



Brittany A. Sachs

Associate



Marc B. Schlesinger

Associate



Patrick W. Spangler

Shareholder



Harrison Thorne

Associate



Lydia Westropp

Solicitor