Adams and Reese ranked No. 125 among the nation’s highest-grossing law firms, according to the American Lawyer Magazine 2014 Pro Bono Scorecard which ranked the Am Law 200 firms based on their pro bono service performed in 2013.
The pro bono score is configured from a combination of half of the score coming from the average number of pro bono hours per lawyer in 2013, while the other half representing the percentage of lawyers who performed more than 20 hours of pro bono work. Calculations are based on lawyer counts as of Dec. 31, 2013.
This is the third consecutive year Adams and Reese has ranked on the list.
In 2013, Adams and Reese totaled 6,689 pro bono hours, which translates into 20.6 pro bono hours per attorney. In the last five years combined, Adams and Reese attorneys have donated more than 31,500 pro bono hours, including more than 20,000 pro bono hours in the last three years.
Adams and Reese’s pro bono policy requires that every lawyer in the firm annually perform at least 20 hours of pro bono work. This requirement was enacted firm-wide in 2007.
Adams and Reese Partner Mark Surprenant, out of the firm's New Orleans office, serves as the Pro Bono Liaison Partner and Chair of the firm's pro bono committee. The committee is comprised of 16 partners representing each of the firm’s 16 offices.
Adams and Reese also partners on initiatives with and takes pro bono cases from: National Appleseed, Louisiana Appleseed, The Baton Rouge Bar Foundation Pro Bono Project, Legal Aid Society of Tennessee, SaveOneSoldier.org, Alabama Appleseed, Birmingham Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program, Child Advocacy Center, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program/Houston Bar Foundation, Memphis Area Legal Services, Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Program, New Orleans Pro Bono Project, South Carolina Legal Services, Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., Are You Safe, Gulfcoast Legal Services and the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project.