Friday, October 29, 2010

Celebrating National Pro Bono Week: Feldman Shepherd

Philadelphia personal injury law firm, Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP, its staff and trial attorneys are committed to providing legal support to the community. The firm has donated at least $1,000 per year per attorney to legal services such as Philadelphia VIP, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Senior Law Center, Support Center for Child Advocates and others.

Each year, the staff raises money and gift donations for families much less fortunate. In fact, in 2009, the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House was the recipient of the staff’s efforts, receiving more than $500 in monetary donations and a bevy of items collected as part of a Holiday Wish List Drive. In 2008, the staff participated in the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia’s “Adopt-a-Family” program, which helps nearly 200 Philadelphia-area families in need each year. Through “Adopt-a-Family,” staff members, generously donated thousands of dollars in goods and gifts.

Feldman Shepherd also contributes one percent of all cerebral palsy case settlements and verdicts to a fund that sends families of children with cerebral palsy to Disney World. The firm has sent six families to Disney to date and anticipates sending many more.

“Our pro bono and philanthropic efforts are a large part of the law firm culture,” said Alan Feldman, co-managing partner of Feldman Shepherd. “We work on pro bono cases, volunteer at many of the region’s public interest organizations, and give back to those less fortunate.”

Virtually all of the Feldman Shepherd personal injury lawyers provide pro bono legal services to those who are unable to afford to hire an attorney. The firm is also a proud supporter of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s “Raising the Bar” campaign, which helps fund more than 30 public interest law organizations that serve Philadelphia’s neediest citizens.

“Raising the Bar” was started by Alan Feldman during his year as Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2006 and has become the Philadelphia legal community’s most significant institutional effort in support of the Bar Foundation and their network of non-profit legal service providers. More than 100 local law firms participate annually, and their pledges since 2006 have totaled more than $4 million.

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