Fenwick Wins Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Award

Mountain View, CA (October 29, 2015) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that the firm has been honored with the 2015 ALDF Advancement in Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Award. The award, which Fenwick also received in 2013, recognizes the firm’s dedication and investment of pro bono hours to support the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) mission to protect the lives and interests of animals through the legal system.

“The Animal Legal Defense Fund has become famous for winning courtroom victories for animals across the country, but many of those victories wouldn’t be possible without the help of our pro bono legal partners,” ALDF executive director Stephen Wells said in a statement. “We rely on firms across the country who donate hundreds of hours of pro bono time to help us win victories for animals each year.”

Fenwick lawyers representing several practice groups dedicated their time to ALDF projects in the past year including partners Larissa Neumann, Jay Pomerantz and Will Skinner. Associates Tammi Hill, Will Pierog, Marie Bafus and Yael Li-Ran Perl also provided ALDF with legal assistance.

“Working with ALDF was an incredible experience,” said Fenwick litigator Tammi Hill who assisted with the discovery for ALDF’s litigation against Utah’s agricultural gag law. “They are so passionate about what they do, and it’s inspiring to be reminded that we’re fighting for people and animals’ rights and well-being.”

Fenwick litigation associate Will Pierog also provided pro bono counsel to ALDF this past year in a matter involving a Napa restaurant selling banned foie gras. He drafted an answer to a petition for review before the California Supreme Court following a favorable decision from the First District Court of Appeal.

“I greatly enjoyed working with ALDF as I was able to jump right in on drafting an appellate brief,” Pierog said. “In addition to the great opportunity to work on a matter typically beyond the scope of my seniority, ALDF’s attorneys were responsive to my inquiries and gave guidance while allowing substantial independent judgment.”

ALDF was founded in 1979 by lawyers working to form the developing field of animal law. For nearly four decades ALDF has advocated for reform in the treatment of animals and stricter enforcement of anti-cruelty laws. Thousands of lawyers and more than 70,000 members and supporters now participate in ALDF’s work to encourage the United States legal system to end animal abuse. The organization files high-impact lawsuits, advocates for animal protection legislation, and provides free legal assistance and training to prosecutors.

Fenwick’s partnership with ALDF represents one of the firm’s many pro bono involvements. 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. The firm has received significant recognition for its pro bono 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.

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