Loeb & Loeb is proud to announce that the firm was honored by The Legal Aid Society with the 2021 Pro Bono Publico award for outstanding service to the nonprofit legal aid organization and its clients. Partners Helen Gavaris, Mark Goldberg, Jerome Levine and Jamie Null; Of Counsel Greg Schwed; associates Caitlin Cline, Lindsay Feuer and Brandon Zamudio; Director of Litigation Support Josh Gorruso; Director of Research Services Shireen Kumar; and paralegals Shantanu Alam and Antoinette Pepper were honored for their individual contributions.
This past year, Loeb and the 12 honored Loeb lawyers and professionals collaborated with Legal Aid to secure a $400,000 settlement for pro bono client Monica Cardenas, a former employee of the Automatic Meter Reading Corporation (AMRC), in an employee sexual harassment and hostile work environment case. The legal battle against Jerome Fund, owner of AMRC, began in 2011 with the filing of a complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR). During a three-year period, Ms. Cardenas was repeatedly harassed by Fund after being promoted to AMRC’s office manager in 2008 and becoming Fund’s direct report. Loeb was retained to enforce the monetary judgment that Ms. Cardenas received, and to provide representation of Ms. Cardenas throughout the Surrogate’s Court proceeding concerning the solvency of Mr. Fund’s estate.
Every year, Legal Aid recognizes the outstanding work of volunteer lawyers, law firms, corporations and other professionals who have volunteered their time and talent to provide exceptional legal services to low-income New Yorkers. Over 3,000 volunteers each year provide pro bono assistance to the clients and staff of The Legal Aid Society. Of those volunteers, just 300 are nominated by Legal Aid staff for special recognition with a Pro Bono Publico award.
For more information, please visit Legal Aid’s website.