Adams and Reese New Orleans Partner Mark Surprenant received the 2015 Louisiana State Bar Association Pro Bono Century Awards for donating more than 100 hours of pro bono service in 2014 with the LSBA.
The awards ceremony was held at the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans on May 19.
Surprenant serves as the Firm's Pro Bono Paladin, and was recently elected President of the Louisiana State Bar Association Lawyers Assistance Program. Surprenant is the former President of the New Orleans Bar Association. Since the beginning of his career, he has been dedicated to community service. In 1988, he created HUGS — the firm’s corporate philanthropy program — and in 2000 he established CA&RE — the firm’s official pro bono program. He is also the Co-Founder of SOLACE, Inc. (Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel All Concern Encouraged). Surprenant served as Chair of the Board of Directors for The Pro Bono Project in New Orleans in 2008, and he serves on the Board of St. Andrew’s Village, which reaches out to assist adults with developmental disabilities, and on the Board of the Catholic Foundation.
Surprenant serves as Team Leader of the Agricultural Chemicals team, representing clients on a number of environmental toxic torts and products liability cases.