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Latin Lawyer

Latin American firms leading in the world of pro bono

8 January, 2013 by Rachel Hall

Leading lights

By completing this survey, all of the participating firms have demonstrated an awareness of the importance of the practice of pro bono. Indeed, the results suggest that they are all making headway in instilling a pro bono culture in their institutions, albeit in different ways and at varying speeds.

Our research reveals that some of those firms demonstrate an above-average commitment to pro bono by making it an essential part of their philosophy and professional infrastructure. Based on responses to this survey, research over the years and subsequent conversations with those close to the practice, we have selected from the participants a group of firms that we believe should be in the spotlight due to their considerable efforts towards institutionalising the practice and the significant amount of pro bono work they do.

In celebration of their achievements we list those law firms in the shaded table below.

We have taken a number of factors into consideration when drawing up this list, including how institutionalized the service is. For example, we were interested in whether the firm is a signatory of the PBDA and, importantly, meeting the PBDA’s commitments. These commitments include taking steps to institutionalize the practice, which we would consider relevant whether or not a firm is a signatory. For example, does the firm monitor pro bono hours and does it have a pro bono coordinator? Is pro bono work tied to associate training, evaluation and salary? We also wanted to know how many of a firm’s lawyers do pro bono, and how much they do. In those countries where it is applicable, we placed importance on whether the firm is a member of a clearing house and whether the firm supports it financially.

While this is by no means an exhaustive list, we hope it will give readers an idea of the efforts that firms across Latin America are taking to provide free legal services to those in need.

Leading lights of pro bono

Aczalaw Abogados
Alessandri & Compañía
Arias & Muñoz
Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa
Basham Ringe y Correa SC
Barros & Errázuriz Abogados
BLP Abogados
Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados
Brons & Salas
Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Cárdenas & Cárdenas
Carey
Carey & Allende
Cariola, Díez, Pérez-Cotapos & Cía Ltda
Cavelier Abogados
Central Law
Claro y Cía
Consortium Centro América Abogados
D’Empaire Reyna Abogados
Demarest e Almeida Advogados
Estudio Beccar Varela
Estudio Echecopar, a member of Baker & McKenzie International
Ferrere
Galicia Abogados
García Sayán Abogados
Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta Abogados
Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia
Guerrero, Olivos, Novoa y Errázuriz
Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández
Koury Lopes Advogados
Jáuregui y Navarrete
Jones Day (Mexico)
Lloreda Camacho & Co Attorneys
Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Miranda & Amado Abogados
Morales & Besa
Morgan & Morgan
Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz (h)
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Philippi, Yrarrázaval, Pulido & Brunner
Prias Cadavid Abogados
Quiñones, Ibargüen, Luján & Mata SC
Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa
Raggio & García Mira Abogados
Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados
Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers
Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti
Silva & Cía
Siqueira Castro Advogados
TozziniFreire Advogados
Von Wobeser y Sierra SC
WDA Legal
White & Case SC
Yataco Arias Abogados
Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados

Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center would like to thank all of the firms that took the time to complete the survey. We list all of the participants below with the exception of a small number, which requested their identity be withheld.

Participating firms

ARGENTINA
Alfaro Abogados
Brons & Salas
Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Bulló Tassi Estebenet Lipera Torassa Abogados
del Carril, Colombres, Vayo & Zavalía Lagos
Estudio Beccar Varela
Estudio Fontán Balestra & Asociados
Estudio O’Farrell Abogados
Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal
Negri, Busso & Fariña
Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz (h)
Raggio & García Mira Abogados
Zang, Bergel & Viñes Abogados
Zapiola Guerrico & Asociados

BOLIVIA
Guevara & Gutiérrez SC – Servicios Legales
Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa

BRAZIL
Barretto Ferreira, Kujawski e Brancher Advogados
Demarest e Almeida Advogados
José Maurício Machado e Associados Advogados e Consultores Juridicos
Koury Lopes Advogados
Lacaz Martins, Pereira Neto, Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados
Levy & Salomão Advogados
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Mitico & Sigliano Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Siqueira Castro Advogados
TozziniFreire Advogados
Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados (associated with Baker & McKenzie)
Veirano Advogados

CHILE
Alessandri & Compañía
Baker & Mckenzie (Chile)
Barros & Errázuriz Abogados
Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados
Carey
Care y & Allende
Cariola, Díez, Pérez-Cotapos & Cía Ltda
Claro y Cía
Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia
Guerrero, Olivos, Novoa y Errázuriz
Morales & Besa
Philippi, Yrarrázaval, Pulido & Brunner
Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers
Silva & Cía

COLOMBIA
Brigard & Urrutia Abogados
Cárdenas & Cárdenas
Cavelier Abogados
Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta Abogados
Lloreda Camacho & Co Attorneys
Parra, Rodriguez & Cavelier
Pinilla Gonzalez & Prieto
Posse Herrera Ruiz
Prias Cadavid Abogados
prietocarrizosa

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández
Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

ECUADOR
Paz Horowitz Robalino Garcés
Romero Arteta Ponce Abogados

MEXICO
Arochi, Marroquín & Lindner SC
Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa
Basham Ringe y Correa SC
Celis Aguilar Álvarez y Asociados
Galicia Abogados
Heather & Heather SC
Jáuregui y Navarrete
Jones Day (Mexico)
Nader, Hayaux y Goebel
Sánchez DeVanny
Von Wobeser y Sierra SC
White & Case SC

PANAMA
Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega
Arias & Muñoz
Morgan & Morgan
Patton, Moreno & Asvat
PARAGUAY
Vouga & Olmedo

PERU
Estudio Echecopar, a member of Baker & McKenzie International
Estudio Ferrero Abogados
García Sayán Abogados
Miranda & Amado Abogados
Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados
Yataco Arias Abogados

URUGUAY
Ferrere

VENEZUELA
D’Empaire Reyna Abogados
Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar y Cía
WDA Legal
Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

CENTRAL AMERICA
Aczalaw Abogados
Arias & Muñoz
BLP Abogados
Central Law Honduras-Medina, Rosenthal & Asociados
Consortium – Laclé & Gutiérrez
Consortium Centro América Abogados – El Salvador
Consortium – Rodríguez, Archila, Castellanos, Solares & Aguilar
Consortium Centro América Abogados – Honduras
Consortium – Taboada & Asociados
García & Bodán (Nicaragua)
Quiñones, Ibargüen, Luján & Mata SC

Also in our pro bono series:

Step by step

Latin Lawyer and the Vance Center’s survey shows pro bono in Latin America is alive and growing, but challenges remain. Rosie Cresswell reports on the findings

Investing in the firm

As law firms mature they look for new ways to invest in talent retention and job satisfaction. Instilling a pro bono culture can achieve both, finds Rosie Cresswell