ATLANTA (February 3, 2012) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP was named the “2011 Law Firm of the Year" and Sutherland Corporate Practice Group Associate Adrienne L. Smith received the “Law Firm Attorney of the Year Award" during the annual Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (PBPA) awards reception held January 24.
As the “2011 Law Firm of the Year," Sutherland was recognized for the pro bono work of 46 firm attorneys throughout the year, a donation value of about $200,000. The legal services Sutherland provided varied from registering trademarks to updating human resources policies. Ms. Smith was honored for her exemplary efforts in counseling PBPA clients on 15 pro bono matters, including a nonprofit merger.
“In such a short time, the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has paired approximately 1,500 volunteer attorneys with 500 nonprofit clients," said Sutherland Partner Judith O’Brien, who chairs the firm’s Pro Bono and Public Service Committee. “This commendable organization is making a lasting impact in its role as a facilitator of legal needs to those who need them most in our community." Ms. O’Brien added that Sutherland continues to support this organization by providing space within its Atlanta office to house PBPA staff.
“Obviously, the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta would not exist without our volunteers and our donors. This event gives us a chance to thank them and to highlight the extraordinary efforts of some of our outstanding volunteers," said PBPA Executive Director Rachel Epps Spears.
Sutherland’s relationship with the PBPA dates back to the founding of the organization six years ago. Its mission is to pair volunteer attorneys with nonprofits in need of free business and legal services. PBPA services are provided to eligible Metropolitan Atlanta organizations that serve low-income or disadvantaged individuals.
ABOUT PRO BONO PARTNERSHIP OF ATLANTA
Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Inc. is a tax-exempt public charity whose mission is to maximize the impact of pro bono engagement by connecting a network of volunteer attorneys with nonprofits in need of free business legal services. For more information about Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, please visit pbpatl.org.
SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm handles matters throughout the United States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.