BigLaw Donates Legal Services, Blood and Money to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Nov 6, 2012, 12:42 pm CST
Large law firms are helping Hurricane Sandy victims with donations, pro bono services, blood drives and office space.
Among the firms offering pro bono assistance is Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, the Am Law Daily reports. Lawyers there are counseling storm victims on insurance issues and helping them seek disaster relief. At Jones Day, lawyers are donating pro bono services to document a $10 million emergency loan provided by Goldman Sachs and New York City to small businesses.
Patton Boggs, meanwhile, is holding blood drives as well as donating pro bono help. And both Mayer Brown and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom are donating office space for displaced legal-services lawyers.
The Am Law Daily and Above the Law say these firms are among those donating money to relief efforts: Weil, Gotshal & Manges (donating $200,000 and matching employee donations up to $200,000); Paul Weiss (matching employee donations up to $250,000); Skadden Arps (donating $150,000 and matching employee donations up to $100,000); Morrison & Foerster (donating $100,000 through its foundation); Holland & Knight (matching employee donations up to $50,000); Patton Boggs (donating $25,000 and matching employee donations up to $25,000); and McGuireWoods (matching up to $50,000 in contributions).
The ABA Young Lawyers Division is also stepping up to help. It is coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to staff emergency disaster hotlines.