Public service is deeply embedded in our firm, as evidenced by our outsized commitment to pro bono work. We provide significant legal services to those who would otherwise not have access to justice. Our pro bono work focuses on helping underserved communities and advocating for abused women, immigrants and the wrongfully convicted.

Our work covers a wide range of areas, including:

  •  immigration
  •  civil rights
  •  criminal defense
  •  housing
  •  art law
Pro Bono Matters Here are some of our most recent successes

Firm Secures Pro Bono Victory for Russian Activist

In a recent victory for pro bono client Ilya Zaslavskiy, Russia’s largest commercial bank voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit seeking information related to a 2016 cyber-hack that allegedly created a false link between the bank and the Trump Organization ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

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Hughes Hubbard Wins Asylum for Somali Refugee

The firm won asylum for a Somali refugee fleeing sectarian violence and the al-Shabaab terrorist group, ending his nearly five-year journey in search of safe haven. 

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Firm Seeks Relief for NYC Families Struggling to Pay Rent

Hughes Hubbard, as co-counsel with The Legal Aid Society, has sued New York State to challenge the eligibility requirements for New York’s rent subsidy program.

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HHR Wins Early Release for Drug Offender Serving Life

Hughes Hubbard secured a victory in a First Step Act motion before a Virginia federal court, resulting in the immediate release of a federal inmate serving a life sentence for drug offenses. 

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HHR Helps Sexual Violence Survivor Get Her Day in Inter‑American Court of Human Rights

HHR’s D.C. pro bono team secured a long-awaited victory for a sexual violence survivor seeking to help fellow adolescent victims in Bolivia by bringing a potentially precedent-setting case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

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HHR Paris Wins Police Misconduct Verdict

HHR Paris obtained a pro bono victory for 11 victims of police misconduct in a civil lawsuit holding the French government liable for a lengthy track record of abusive practices by the police.

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Firm Helps Community Groups Defend NYC's Waste Equity Law

In a pro bono victory, HHR helped New York City’s “waste equity law” prevail against another challenge from the waste industry in a state appeals court.

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