pro bono services

Taft professionals are devoted to enhancing the communities in which we live. In addition to working on public service projects and assuming leadership positions on boards, our attorneys provide legal services to groups and individuals who otherwise are unable to afford them.

We have been recognized for our commitment to providing pro bono work; for example, in February 2016, Taft was selected as the recipient of the first “Law Firm of the Year” award by the Pro Bono Partnership of Greater Cincinnati. This dedication is inherent in Taft’s culture; our founding partners were heavily engaged in public and political service, and our current attorneys continue that legacy.

Below are examples of pro bono involvement from across our offices. Please click here for a representative list of organizations that we have supported through our pro bono efforts.

Chicago

PAWS Chicago

Chicago’s largest no-kill humane organization provides animal adoption, clinics, education, resources and animal advocacy. Since 2006, one Taft partner has provided pro bono legal services to the organization, including representing the organization in probate matters and serving as a front-door greeter. Selected as the June 2012 “Spotlight Volunteer,” she frequently assists with “Angels With Tails” adoption events and has co-chaired the very successful 3K/4K fundraiser run since 2007.

Cincinnati

Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor

Taft regularly represents clients of limited means in the Cincinnati area in civil matters referred by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor. We have assisted these clients with evictions and damage claims, wage disputes, consumer violations, estate planning and probating estates.

Cleveland

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Taft attorneys represent clients referred to us by Legal Aid. We handle cases that typically impact needs, such as health, shelter and safety, economics and education, and access to justice, for those who are most vulnerable in the community.

Columbus

United Way of Central Ohio - Women's Leadership Council

The Women’s Leadership Council combines the financial power and the collective talents of philanthropic women to address an unmet need in the community.
Together, the WLC is working on an initiative that will provide educational opportunities for women in central Ohio—opportunities that increase their ability to provide for themselves and their families.

Dayton

Dayton Visual Arts Center

Taft represents the Dayton Visual Arts Center with respect to its ongoing operations, including drafting and negotiation of contracts and corporate governance issues.

Indianapolis

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Taft has assisted Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Central Indiana Affiliate over the years in various business development issues, including tax planning, navigating the legal requirements of fundraising, leasing issues and contract matters.