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Pro Bono

One of the greatest rewards in practicing law is to uplift and empower others. Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell uses its nationally recognized trial and litigation platform to change lives and amplify our purpose in the practice of law. 

Through pro bono service, WTO lawyers make significant differences in the lives of those who need it most. Examples include:

  • Winning asylum for a Congolese woman and child fleeing ethnic violence in their homeland; 
  • Negotiating a record settlement for a pregnant, Black teen assaulted by police; and 
  • Exercising Hague Convention protections to keep a family together in the face of a kidnapping threat. 

Dynamic New Opportunities
In 2023, former WTO attorney Kevin Homiak returned to the firm to co-chair WTO’s Pro Bono Committee. Kevin has won multiple record-setting awards for pro bono clients whose civil rights were violated. Most notably, Kevin won the largest Americans With Disabilities Act jury verdict against a correctional system nationwide—$3.5 million.

Under Kevin’s leadership, WTO is developing dynamic opportunities nationwide. For example, WTO is serving as lead class action counsel in a Louisiana foster care case that could have major impact across the country. 

Investing in Pro Bono Efforts
Helping others is not only the right thing to do—it fulfills us, too. WTO is a member of the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Project® initiative and has taken the Colorado Supreme Court’s Pro Bono Pledge, committing to provide an average of 50 hours of pro bono legal services per lawyer per year. 

Furthermore, WTO automatically treats the first 100 pro bono hours worked by associates and of counsel attorneys on an equal basis with billable hours when determining salary increases and bonuses, and we approve additional hours beyond the first 100 on request based on the client’s needs. In 2022, for example, an associate first-chaired a jury trial for a pro bono client and received bonus credit for more than 700 pro bono hours. 

This commitment is an investment in our community, our lawyers and support teams, and to improve the law through trial advocacy.

Community Partners
WTO cannot do this important work alone. We partner with numerous organizations to help pro bono clients achieve justice, including: 

  • A Better Childhood
  • ACLU of Colorado
  • The American College of Trial Lawyers 
  • Cannabis Justice Initiative
  • Civil Pro Bono Panel for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado 
  • Colorado Bar Association Appellate Pro Bono Program
  • Colorado Poverty Law Project
  • Community Economic Defense Project
  • Immigration Equality
  • Immigration Law & Policy Clinic at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law 
  • Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance 
  • Pro Se Prisoner Task Force for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado 
  • Return to Freedom Project
  • Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network 
  • Rocky Mountain Veterans Advocacy Project 


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