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Pro bono

Finn Dixon & Herling embraces our professional responsibility to provide pro bono legal services to individuals in need and to non-profit organizations. We view pro bono service as one of the great privileges of practicing law—providing vital assistance to pro bono clients and enhancing our skills as lawyers, while strengthening the legal system as a whole.


The firm treats pro bono matters like all others undertaken at the firm.

Attorneys working pro bono bring to bear the same commitment, staffing, and resources they do on paid matters. In addition, lawyers receive full billable hours credit for time spent working on pro bono matters.

Our extensive pro bono work reflects the core qualities of the firm’s work across other practice areas, where we are:


We are grateful for our ongoing partnerships with several mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations. We have been enriched through our work advocating for veterans’ benefits in collaboration with the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, preparing employment applications for asylum seekers through Lawyers for Good Government, handling transactional matters for Sandy Hook Promise, and working with other partner organizations like the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the Pro Bono Partnership.


Through the quality of our lawyering and the sincerity of our commitment to pro bono service, FDH has emerged as a leader in multiple areas of pro bono practice. They extend from training lawyers across Connecticut on accessing Covid-related relief for small businesses, to our pioneering representation with the ACLU of Connecticut of an incarcerated transgender person who is seeking to uphold her constitutional right to access gender affirming medical care in prison.


FDH’s lawyers have never tried to be all things to all people, but instead focus on matters where our strengths shine. We apply the same philosophy to pro bono work. We have historically concentrated on corporate matters like forming a successful Cornell-associated venture capital fund and Red Sneakers for Oakley, a charity dedicated to the memory of a team member’s nephew. We also have had considerable impact in matters about which we are passionate, such as civil rights litigation for victims of excessive government force, and in areas where we have developed deep experience, including work for refugees and veterans.


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