ABA Free Legal Answers 2021 Pro Bono Leaders

The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service annually recognizes individual attorneys, law firms, and other legal groups that have provided extraordinary pro bono services through ABAFreeLegalAnswers.org—a virtual legal clinic through which income-eligible clients can post civil legal services questions to be answered by pro bono attorneys from their state.   

Of the over 10,000 volunteer attorneys registered on ABA Free Legal Answers, those listed below have been recognized for answering 50 or more civil legal questions through the program in 2021.

Individual Attorneys

Alabama

Alyssa R Williams

Alaska

Stephanie Rhoades

Arizona

Robert J Murillo, Pivotal Legal Ltd.
Paul D Nordini

Arkansas

Arthur P Bowen
Mary E Green, Mary E. Green, PA
Jerald C McKinney, Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

California

Sarah M Carter, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Ryan E Cosgrove, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Enya (Shao-An) C Souza, Legal Access Alameda

Connecticut

Ronald D Japha
Megan E Kelly-Maynard, MM

Florida

Gypsy Bailey, The Florida Bar
Luis E Basagoitia, The Law Office of Luis Basagoitia, P.A.
Eric Buetens
Craig R Dearr, Dearr Perdigon, Attorneys at Law
Dennis F Fountain
Seril L Grossfeld, Seril L Grossfeld Attorney at Law, PA
Bruce A Minnick, Minnick Law Firm
Kelly B Puckett
Barbara B Stage, Stage Law Firm PA
Leah R Wiederspahn

Georgia

Kathryn B Hecker, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Lauren E Lisauskas, Troutman Pepper
Pfeiffer M Middleton, Troutman Sanders LLP
Nicole K Nielly, Troutman Sanders

Hawaii

Sean Hartlieb

Illinois

Reuben A Bernick, Feinberg Sharma PC
Anthony Frank, ALE Solutions, Inc.
Laura Gastel, Pro Bono Network
Sara T Ghadiri, Chapman and Cutler LLP
Judy K He, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Harold B Hilborn, Much Shelist
Jennifer L Kincaid, Pepping, Balk, Kincaid & Olson, Ltd.
Steven C Lindberg
Maria G Puppo Martinez, Bondify B.V.
Mike McElvain, Law Office of Mike McElvain
James P Naughton, Office of the Public Guardian
Barbara J O'Brien, Pro Bono Network
Peter L Rossiter, Schiff Hardin LLP

Indiana

Eric Buetens
Michael B Gastineau, Cook Medical
Daniel C Reuter, Reuter Law Office
Kevin Werner, Kevin Werner Atty at Law
Robert Scott Wylie, Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana

Louisiana

Amber C Sheppard, Sheppard Law PLLC
Peter S Thriffiley, Peter S. Thriffiley APLC
Cornelia Ullmann, Law Office of Cornelia S. Ullmann LLC

Maine

Michael Asen, MillerAsen
Fred W Bopp III, Bopp & Guecia
Edward S David, Farmington Family Law, PA
Maryellen Sullivan, Port City Legal, LLC

Maryland

Josephine M Bahn, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Massachusetts

Peter Benjamin
Anthony M Czar
Peter J Fellman, Law Office of Peter J. Fellman
Monica Halas, Greater Boston Legal Services
Abigail D Kline, Alekman DiTusa LLC
Keith G Langer, Keith G. Langer, Attorney at Law
Douglas W McCormac
Alan J Pransky, Law Office of Alan Pransky
Meg M Rehrauer, Liberty Mutual
Kristen M Whittle, Liberty Mutual Corporate Legal Department

Mississippi

Seth Shannon
Stephen H Last, Anderson, Williams, & Farrow

Missouri

Christopher P Cox, Law Office of Christopher P. Cox, L.L.C.
Ronald J Eisenberg, Schultz & Associates LLP
Barry Ginsburg
Hon. Paul T Luckenbill
Robert S Moss, Robert S. Moss, Attorney
Robert G Pennell, The Law Offices of Robert Grant Pennell, LLC
Sally Townsley, Husch Blackwell LLP
Bernardo Zito Porto, Husch Blackwell

Nebraska

Quinn R Eaton, Jackson Lewis PC
Catherine M Mahern, Creighton Law School
Rachael A Smith, Smith Law, PC, LLO
Ryan Sullivan, University of Nebraska College of Law

New Hampshire

L Phillips Runyon III, Runyon Law Office, PLLC

New Jersey

Michael P Sawka, Law Offices of Michael Sawka LLC

New Mexico

Lisa K Cummings
Paul G Fyfe
Damon J Hudson, The Jones Firm

New York

Daniel S Gobaud, Gobaud Law Firm
Phillip Hurwitz, Phillip R. Hurwitz, Attorney at Law
Arthur A Katz, Of Counsel, Otterbourg PC
Jon M Probstein, Law Offices of Jon Michael Probstein
John Suda, John Suda Law

North Carolina

Adam W Arthur, Kirkman Attorneys at Law
Anna M Davis, Hartzog Law Group
Afi S Johnson-Parris, Johnson-Parris Law
Linda R Oldham, Crockett Oldham Pope & Donadio
Brandon A Robinson, Brandon A. Robinson, Attorney at Law
Stuart H Russell

Oklahoma

Timothy C Dowd, Elias, Books, Brown & Nelson
Michael J Miller
Mary J Rounds, Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis
Travis C Smith, Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Margaret E Travis, Margaret Travis, Attorney At Law
Paula D Wood, Wood Law Office Associates

South Carolina

Sarah Cox, Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
Ashley K Dixon, Robinson Gray
William T Geddings, Geddings Law Firm, PA
Tara E Nauful, Beal, LLC
Pamela D Robinson, USC School of Law
Rebecca Wray, SCDSS

Tennessee

Kevin D Balkwill, Ethics Law, PLLC
Richard B Gossett, Baker Donelson
Jill Z Grim, Jill Grim Law, PLLC
Bryan C. Hathorn
Kendra Mansur, Tennessee Valley Authority
Mary Jo Middlebrooks, Middlebrooks & Gray, P.A
Bruce A. Ralston, Law Office of Bruce A. Ralston
Yasmin K Stiggons, Husch Blackwell LLP

Texas

Elie D Al-Chaer, Law Offices of Elie Al-Chaer
Jason Antrican, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Fran Brochstein
Ronald N Dennis, Ronald Ned Dennis, Attorney at Law
Yu-cheng Fan, Fan Law Office
Kelsey Q French, Locke Lord LLP
Koby J Kirkland, The Law Office of Koby Kirkland,
Vesta M Kuntz, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Stuart A Lautin, Higier Allen & Lautin PC
Kelly D Metz, Dykema Gossett PLLC
Carron E Nicks, Carron Nicks Law Firm PLLC
Rebecca O'Connor, Texas Department of Insurance
Marvin Okafor, Texas Legal Services Center
Barbara A Urick

Utah

Nicholas J Babilis, Babilis Law PLLC

Vermont

Roger E Kohn, Kohn Rath

Virginia

Leigh S Gettier, Leigh S. Gettier, Attorney at Law
Andrew E Levitt, Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz LLP
Rixon C Rafter, Law Office of Rixon C Rafter PLC
John D Williams

West Virginia

Anita R Casey, West Virginia State Bar
M. Jane Glauser, Schrader, Companion, Duff & Law, PLLC
Richard Goldstein

Wisconsin

Karen M Bauer, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
Michelle A Behnke, Michelle Behnke & Associates
Max Chester, Foley & Lardner LLP
Stephen C Harkess, Midwest Legal Services
Jill L Johnson, J.Johnson Law Group L.L.C.
JJ Moore, Legal Action of Wisconsin
Michael Tobin

Wyoming

Michael C Ross

Legal Organizations

The following legal organizations were recognized for each collectively answering 75 or more questions in 2021:

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C
Barclay Damon LLP
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Baylor Law School
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, P.A.
Chapman and Cutler LLP
Community Legal Aid
Cook Group Incorporated
Creighton Law School
Entergy Services LLC
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Husch Blackwell LLP
Jackson Lewis PC
Liberty Mutual
Locke Lord LLP
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
MillerAsen
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Nelson Mullins
Northern Illinois University College of Law
Pro Bono Network
Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis, P.C.
Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC
Stanford Legal Design Lab
Texas Department of Insurance
Troutman Pepper
University of Nebraska College of Law
University of South Carolina School of Law
Vinson & Elkins, LLP

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Previous Honorees

2019

2020