NALP Directory of Legal Employers

Directory Year: 2020

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP - Allen Matkins - Firmwide

Pro Bono/Public Interest

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Pro Bono Contact

Pro Bono Contact Name Rachel Sanders
Pro Bono Contact Title Senior Counsel
Pro Bono Contact Phone 213.955.5539
Pro Bono Contact Email
Is the pro bono information indicated here firm-wide or specific to one office? Firm-wide
% Firm Billable Hours last year .4%
Average Hours per Attorney last year 14.4

Pro Bono Participation

Percent of associates participating last year 67%
Percent of partners participating last year 29%
Percent of other lawyers participating last year

Average hours

Average hours per associate last year 20.3
Average hours per partner last year 3.3
Average hours per other lawyer last year
What percentage of attorneys performed more than 20 hours? 22%
What was the number of actual pro bono hours contributed by the organization in the prior calendar year? 1504.7
Does the organization maintain a written pro bono policy that sets forth the organization's commitment to pro bono? Yes
How does the organization define what constitutes pro bono legal work? The direct delivery of legal services, without expectation of compensation other than reimbursement of expenses, to: (i) indigent individuals; (ii) not-for-profit organizations with the primary purpose of providing services to the poor or on behalf of the poor or disadvantaged; (iii) not-for-profit organizations whose primary purpose may be other than providing services to the poor or on behalf of the poor or disadvantaged, but where the pro bono legal services provided primarily relate to services to the poor or on behalf of the poor or disadvantaged; or (iv) not-for-profit organizations with the primary purpose of improving the law and the legal system, or increasing access to justice.
Does the organization set annual goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed by the organization? No
Does the organization set individual attorney goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed? No


Is an attorney's commitment to pro bono activity considered a favorable factor in advancement and compensation decisions? Yes
If yes, to what extent? Associates and paralegals automatically receive up to 50 hours of billable credit for pro bono work per billable year, and may be pre-approved for more than 50 hours of billable credit on a case by case basis. Demonstrated commitment to the community through pro bono work is part of the leadership profile that the firm looks for in advancing associates to partnership. Partners report pro bono hours and matters as part of their annual self-evaluation, and pro bono commitment is considered by the Partner Compensation Committee in determining partner compensation.

Pro bono support services

Are full-time support services (word processing, online research Lexis/Westlaw, out of pocket costs) available for pro bono representation? Yes
If so, are there any limitations? No
Are associates provided written evaluations of their work on pro bono matters? No
Does the organization employ one or more of the following structures to manage its pro bono program and to provide training and guidance to participating attorneys? (Check all that apply): Pro Bono Committee
How is pro bono work assigned/distributed? Pro Bono Committee
If an attorney is permitted to bring a pro bono case for possible consideration by the firm, who makes decisions about whether the firm will handle the matter? (check all that apply) Pro Bono Committee
Does the organization provide any of the following to enable its attorneys to participate in pro bono activities or work in a public interest setting? (Check all that apply):

Summer associate pro bono opportunities

Are pro bono opportunities available for summer associates? Yes
Additional comments (Please use this space to provide any additional information about your organization's pro bono program including any special recognition or awards the organization has received for its pro bono work.) N/A
What are some of the areas in which your organization has performed pro bono work in the past year? Allen Matkins works with public interest and legal aid organizations on a variety of proceedings, including adoption, guardianship and foster care; immigration and asylum; domestic violence; debt relief; representation of military service members; and real estate disputes.
Allen Matkins has been recognized for its pro bono efforts, including in 2016 being honored by Human Rights First for work on behalf of a political activist and her five-year-old son who fled to the U.S. seeking asylum. Also in 2016 the Western Justice Center awarded Allen Matkins with the Defender of Justice Award which recognizes law firms that demonstrate a continuous and distinguished record of supporting alternative dispute resolution, public service, and community involvement.

Fellowship sponsorship

Does your organization sponsor split public interest summer and/or post-graduate fellowships? No
Public Interest Fellowship Comments None