At Gardere, we believe giving back to the communities we serve is an important part of being a good corporate citizen. As a result, our pro bono efforts have been recognized and lauded by our peers. Our attorneys provide legal advice and counsel to hundreds of religious and charitable organizations, including numerous educational and medical research foundations, day schools and housing programs. In addition, both Dallas and Houston attorneys participate in Texas C-BAR, a provider of free legal assistance to Texas nonprofits working to improve the quality of life in low-income neighborhoods.
The Dallas Bar Association has honored Gardere with six awards in the past nine years including Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year and Model Law Firm for our family law clinic model and contributions in excess of 5,000 hours.
Gardere was the inaugural inductee into the Dallas Bar Association Pro Bono Hall of Fame in 1998 as a result of three consecutive years as Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year (1996-1998).
Dallas attorneys have worked with many organizations, including: the Migrant Clinicians Network, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Youth for Tomorrow Foundation, I Have a Dream Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Turtle Creek Chorale, North Texas Legal Clinic, Dallas International School, Legal Services of North Texas and the Jingle Bell Run.
Gardere’s Houston lawyers make pro bono work a priority. In 2012, for the third time, Gardere earned the Houston Bar Foundation's award for Outstanding Pro Bono Contributions by an intermediate-size firm in Houston. In 2011, the Firm received recognition from the Houston Bar Association (HBA) , designating the Firm as “Star Volunteer” for its work with the Houston Volunteer Lawyers (HVL) and its participation in the HBA's Equal Access to Justice Program.
Attorneys in the Houston office have enjoyed a long-term relationship with HVL and Texas C-BAR, handling literally hundreds of cases over the years for these two pro bono referral agencies. Our attorneys are also committed to providing volunteer attorneys for LegalLines, a community service outreach program developed by the HBA to provide free legal advice and referrals to the public, among other programs including participation in the Will-A-Thon hosted annually by the HBA and offering free services to the public for a variety of civil cases.
The Houston office also works directly with Exxon Mobil’s in-house counsel, maintaining an active pro bono partnership with Exxon Mobil.