NEW YORK — February 4, 2013 — Hunton & Williams LLP is pleased to announce the firm was named among nine firms selected to the National Law Journal's 2013 Pro Bono "Hot List."
Hunton & Williams is one of only two firms in the country named to this list twice since the award’s inception.
"We are grateful that our lawyers can direct their drive, tenacity, and zeal for client service to those in our society who face the greatest challenges," said Managing Partner Wally Martinez.
Among the matters for which the firm was recognized was the rare habeas corpus victory last year overturning a capital murder conviction dating back 12 years. The firm represented Michael Wayne Hash, who as a teen, was convicted of capital murder in Culpeper County, Virginia, and sentenced to life imprisonment without the chance of parole. Convinced that Hash was innocent and received an unfair trial, Matthew Bosher and a team of Hunton & Williams lawyers, along with the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, persuaded a federal judge in Roanoke, Virginia last February to grant full habeas corpus relief for Hash. The judge noted the "outrageous misconduct" of Culpeper law enforcement officials and freed Hash after serving 11 years in prison.
About Pro Bono at Hunton & Williams
Hunton & Williams continues to lead the way in community service in the United States, and the firm's tradition of pro bono service is well recognized. During the past three years, 100 percent of the firm's full-time U.S. lawyers have participated in pro bono projects. The firm maintains three neighborhood offices in Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia, and in Atlanta solely dedicated to pro bono services for low-income individuals.
The firm was named Pro Bono Partner of the Year 2011 by the National Veterans Legal Services Program, recognizing the more than 100 lawyers and staff who worked with older veterans and active duty personnel seeking military and veteran benefits for themselves and their families. Hunton & Williams also received a National Law Journal 2011 Pro Bono Award for advocating with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for Haiti immigration relief; a Beacon of Justice Award in 2010 by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association in honor of the extraordinary commitment to immigration pro bono legal representation; the 2010 Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation Award from the Florida Supreme Court in recognition of service to local communities and the Pro Bono Institute’s 2009 Pickering Award.
About Hunton & Williams LLP
Hunton & Williams LLP provides legal services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals, as well as to a broad array of other entities. Since our establishment more than a century ago, Hunton & Williams has grown to more than 800 lawyers serving clients in 100 countries from 19 offices around the world. While our practice has a strong industry focus on energy, financial services and life sciences, our experience extends to more than 100 separate practice areas, including bankruptcy and creditors' rights, commercial litigation, corporate transactions and securities law, intellectual property, international and government relations, regulatory law, products liability, and privacy and data security.