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Pro Bono

Allen Matkins attorneys do pro bono work for a simple but compelling reason: to make the legal system accessible and fair, especially to the poor and disadvantaged and to the nonprofit organizations that serve them.

Through our valued partnerships with public interest and legal aid organizations, we have assisted individuals in proceedings involving adoption, guardianship and foster care; immigration and asylum; and matters involving breach of contract, debt relief and unlawful detainer. Additionally, we have provided pro bono legal assistance to a variety of nonprofit institutions in business and real estate matters such as leasing, purchase and sale, and contract disputes as well as in litigation arising out of advocacy work conducted by one of our partner agencies on behalf of foster youth.

Read: Letter from the Chair

View: Pro Bono Partner Agency Case Studies

Download: Allen Matkins Pro Bono Brochure 

Pro Bono Videos

Navy Seal Foundation Opens Office in Coronado, California
Our Pro Bono Program In Action: Allen Matkins attorneys partnered with our long-time client Kennedy Wilson to secure new office space for the Navy SEAL Foundation in Coronado, California.
Emily Murry discusses the importance of pro bono work at Allen Matkins
Allen Matkins Pro Bono Committee Chair, Emily Murray discusses the firm's commitment to the community through the pro bono program and the variety of pro bono cases our attorneys are handling.

 Allen Matkins Challenges Community Colleges Over Foster Youth Restrictions
Our Pro Bono Program In Action: Allen Matkins attorneys work with the Alliance for Children’s Rights to provide foster youth better access to college.
Allen Matkins attorneys work with Public Counsel to secure adoptions for families in Los Angeles
Our Pro Bono Program In Action: Allen Matkins attorneys work with Public Counsel to secure adoptions for families in the Los Angeles area.


Human Rights First honored Allen Matkins attorneys Peter Griffin, Emily Murray, and paralegal George Lopez with the 2016 Pro Bono Star Award. The team was recognized for their work on behalf of a political activist and her five-year-old son who fled to the U.S. from El Salvador seeking asylum after threats from a gang member with ties to a rival political party.

Western Justice Center awarded Allen Matkins the Defender of Justice award in 2016. The award recognizes law firms that demonstrate a continuous and distinguished record of supporting alternative dispute resolution, public service and community involvement. Allen Matkins has been a proud partner of WJC for over a decade with attorneys Marv Garrett and Emily Murray serving in leadership roles as well as providing pro bono legal advice to WJC's Haven Social Network.

A special thank you to the Allen Matkins attorneys, paralegals and summer law clerks who supported the firm’s pro bono program in 2017.

Melissa Bell, Jed Bonner, Anthony Burney, Jeffrey Chine, Jessica Chu, Sara Cramton, Courtney Davis, Joshua del Castillo, Alyssa Engstrom, Stephen Etheredge, Benjamin Fackler, Steven Farenbaugh, Jordan Flanders, Nancy Fong, Danielle Freedman, Jeremy Gillick, Peter Griffin, Mark Hartney, Michael Holmes, Tim Hsu, Jared Kassan, Yale Kim, George Lopez, Susan Maunu, Timothy McGinity, O'Malley Miller, Richard Miltimore, Erin Murphy, Emily Murray, Paul Nash, Paul Obico, Keith Pollock, Lauren Racanelli, Max Rawn, Andrea Reynoso, Peter Roth, Rachel Sanders, Andrea Schoor, Jennifer Shakouri, Heidi Taliaferro, Brian Tanada, Stephen Thames, Blair Troy, Marshall Wallace, and Melissa Zonne

Allen Matkins Pro Bono
  • We honor our responsibility as attorneys to provide pro bono legal services to those unable to pay and to organizations seeking to improve the legal system and access to justice.
    - David Osias, Managing Partner, Allen Matkins


Murray Emily

Emily L. Murray


Chair, Pro Bono Committee

Los Angeles

(213) 955-5584
Melissa Bell

Melissa K. Bell


Los Angeles

(949) 851-5440
Barry H. Epstein

Barry H. Epstein


San Francisco

(415) 273-7469
Holmes Michael J

Michael J. Holmes


San Diego

(619) 235-1552
Paul Nash

Paul W. Nash

Senior Counsel

San Francisco

(415) 273-7475
Osias David L

David L. Osias

Managing Partner

San Diego

(619) 235-1526
Prell Cheryl S

Cheryl S. Prell


Century City

(310) 788-2450

Rachel M. Sanders

Senior Counsel

Los Angeles

(213) 955-5539
Shekhter Morgan A

Morgan A. M. Shekhter


San Diego

(619) 235-1577