Mountain View, CA (June 30, 2015) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that managing partner Kate Fritz was one of three honorees recognized at OneJustice’s 2015 Opening Doors to Justice event on June 25. Every year, OneJustice, a nonprofit organization that supports other nonprofits, lawyers and law students who offer pro bono legal services to low-income individuals, celebrates individuals whose outstanding accomplishments have moved the needle on legal services, pro bono and access to justice.
“We are incredibly honored to be recognizing Kate Fritz for her work in mobilizing the private sector to bring legal help to those in need,” OneJustice said in a statement. “[Fenwick] is at the forefront of pro bono delivery, as a founding law firm in the Bay Area Rural Justice Collaborative, the Virtual Legal Services Project, and a frequent partner in the Justice Bus Project, reaching isolated communities throughout Northern California.”
A leader in the pro bono community, Fritz has represented a wide range of pro bono clients with great success. Her victories include reversing an individual’s death sentence and obtaining political asylum for other clients. She also serves on the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Advisory Board and has co-chaired the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Pro Bono Committee, served on the Legal Services Corporation’s Pro Bono Task Force and co-chaired the Subcommittee on Technology Best Practices in Pro Bono.
“I’ve always viewed service not only to our clients but to our broader community as a core part of being a lawyer,” Fritz told OneJustice. “It’s both gratifying and deeply humbling to be able to serve those who don’t have easy access to the privilege we take for granted and whose voices often go unheard."
As a firm, Fenwick places great value on pro bono work. While best known for providing comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies, over the past five years, Fenwick attorneys and staff have logged almost 50,000 pro bono hours valued at close to $20 million in legal fees. Fenwick’s pro bono program includes civil rights, child advocacy and political asylum work, as well as impact litigation and death penalty cases, and advocacy for the Appellate Project, Street Law and AIDS Project. The firm has received many accolades for service work, including being named to The National Law Journal's 2014 Pro Bono Hot List and recognized by Euromoney as having the best pro bono program in North America two years in-a-row.
Fritz has led many of her colleagues to give back. Under her leadership, Fenwick has participated in more Justice Bus trips with OneJustice than any other law firm. Through this project, 150 Fenwick volunteers travel to rural and isolated communities to provide life-changing legal help to more than 200 clients.
This year, The San Francisco Business Times named Fritz one of San Francisco’s Influential Women in Business, highlighting her pro bono work, and The National Law Journal named her among its list of only 75 Outstanding Women Lawyers. A top IP litigator, Fritz provides strategic guidance to leading technology, media and Internet companies. During her career, she has defeated right of publicity class action claims and obtained favorable decisions for clients in numerous trademark, copyright, trade secrets and defamation cases.
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