Mayer Brown is a leader in developing innovative approaches to pro bono work. We were the first major law firm to develop and implement a pro bono strategic plan, and we strive to pioneer projects that will have a substantial impact, both locally and globally. We believe that pro bono work is a critical component of our profession and an important factor in establishing our true excellence as a law firm. We have a responsibility to assist the disadvantaged, to help build a more inclusive society and to help provide equal access to justice. These are the guiding tenets of our pro bono program.


  • Mayer Brown was awarded Most Effective Pro Bono Partnership for its joint work on the Green Tech Legal Collaborative at the LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards 2023.
  • Mayer Brown received Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights “Outstanding Law Firm Partner Award” for our impactful pro bono support of small businesses primarily serving disadvantaged communities.
  • Mayer Brown received the 2023 City Bar Justice Center Award for our commitment to promoting racial, social, and economic justice through a range of pro bono legal services and other philanthropic commitments.
  • Mayer Brown was named as a 2022 Pro Bono Innovator by Bloomberg Law for our work securing a September 2022 win in federal district court on behalf of people seeking asylum in the United States and for helping to evacuate 150 students from Afghanistan during the US withdrawal in August 2021.
  • Mayer Brown was named a Pro Bono Leader in 2022 by the American Bar Association for our work as part of Free Legal Answers, a virtual legal advice clinic in which qualifying users post civil legal questions to be answered by pro bono attorneys licensed in their state.

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