The American Lawyer Ranks Robins Kaplan LLP Among Top 20 Firms in Nation for Pro Bono Work

June 30, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN—June 30, 2017—Robins Kaplan LLP® announced today that it has placed among the top 20 firms in the nation for pro bono work, according to just-released rankings by The American Lawyer. The firm ranked 16th in the magazine’s annual pro bono survey, which highlights the Am Law 200 firms with the deepest commitment to pro bono work over the past year.

“Robins Kaplan’s unwavering commitment to pro bono work is at the core of who we are as a firm,” said Patrick Arenz, chair of Robins Kaplan’s Pro Bono Committee. “We continue to dedicate significant resources and time to those in need of trial counsel but unable to afford representation, and we are proud of the various clients and industries we’ve had a positive impact on over the past year.”

Robins Kaplan has consistently ranked near the top of the Am Law 200 for pro bono work. Since 2008, more than seven percent of the firm’s total billable hours have been contributed to pro bono legal services. In 2016, firm lawyers spent an average of nearly 100 hours on pro bono projects, and more than 80 percent of firm lawyers devoted more than 20 hours to pro bono service.

Over the past year, the firm handled individual matters on a wide range of issues for clients, ranging from immigrants to children to students with disabilities to survivors of domestic abuse. Notably, just last month, the firm secured what is reported to be the first-ever civil jury verdict in a sex tourism case.

Robins Kaplan’s pro bono program was most recently recognized on The National Law Journal’s 2017 Pro Bono Hot List for efforts on behalf of Tribal communities, including fighting for access to health care for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe—marking the second year in a row that the firm made this list. The firm was recognized on the 2016 Pro Bono Hot List for securing the first court ruling to establish that the Affordable Care Act’s non-discrimination protections extend to transgender individuals seeking medical care, among other work.

Patrick M. Arenz


Chair, Recruiting/Hiring Committee

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