Pro Bono

SFMS believes that our attorneys should provide pro bono and public interest legal services, as a matter of professional responsibility and in recognition of both the overwhelming need for and positive outcomes arising from the provision of such services. SFMS attorneys regularly accept unpopular and challenging cases, participating in pro bono activities that range from death penalty litigation to civil rights, housing, constitutional and mortgage foreclosure class actions to individual civil and criminal matters for low income, disabled and other people who are disadvantaged and in need. SFMS also has represented certain non-profit organizations in pro bono assignments.

SFMS has contributed thousands of hours of professional time to pro bono matters. We believe that our work benefits the clients we serve, the public at large, and our attorneys who develop additional skills and enjoy the great professional fulfillment derived from performing such public service. The Firm actively encourages partners and associates to accept pro bono legal assignments and to treat such assignments as matters of the highest priority.

In addition to being committed to pro bono work, SFMS attorneys and staff are highly committed to community services. SFMS representatives regularly and actively work on behalf of a number of community organizations, including the Special Olympics, and serve on boards and commissions, including in elected roles, to support the communities in which we work and live.

SFMS also is committed to charitable work and regularly provides financial support to a number of community and charitable organizations, including YMCA camps and organizations supporting the arts and culture. In addition, the Firm is actively engaged in working to promote the donation of cy pres funds from class action settlements and other litigation. As a direct result of the efforts of SFMS attorneys in such matters, over $100 million has been donated to charities, public schools, colleges and other educational institutions, and non-profit institutions promoting the social justice system and other good works.

If you have a questions about SFMS's pro bono, community service or charitable work or would like us to consider a specific pro bono assignment or a community service/charitable work or donation request, please click here to send us email correspondence regarding the same. The appropriate SFMS representative will respond to your inquiry as promptly as possible.

If you would like to make arrangements for a cy pres donation with the assistance of SFMS or would like to be considered for a cy pres award, please click here to send us email correspondence regarding the same. The appropriate SFMS representative will respond to your inquiry as promptly as possible.