The Law Firm of Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP is a recent recipient of a prestigious Pro Bono Service Award by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).
The award was presented to Mark Gorgos, managing partner of Coughlin & Gerhart, and Oliver Blaise, partner, on behalf of the entire firm at a luncheon ceremony in Albany on May 1, 2019.
Each year on Law Day, NYSBA proudly bestows the President’s Pro Bono Service Award on individuals and entities who have rendered extraordinary pro bono service. The awards are presented to publicly recognize and thank those who provide pro bono service and also to convey a message to the profession and the public about the importance of pro bono efforts in achieving equal access to justice.
Coughlin & Gerhart (C&G) was nominated by Arlene Sanders of the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York (LASMNY) to receive this award. According to Sanders, “Coughlin & Gerhart has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to LASMNY and its Private Attorney Involvement Program, making pro bono service a strong priority within the firm.”
This included the involvement of C&G and their partners, associates and staff, in many programs such as LASMNY’s “Child Support Referral Program,” their eviction defense initiatives, the annual “Race for Justice 5K,” and other community programs, including the annual “Golf for Scholars” tournament to raise money for local scholarships. Sanders also pointed out that for several years in a row C&G has been named among the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms.”
According to Gorgos, “Justice in America shouldn’t just be for those who can afford it. I applaud all of the lawyers and staff members at our Firm for their outstanding pro bono work in our community. Many thanks also to Arlene Sanders for her thoughtful nomination of our Firm. Our pro bono work won’t end with this award.”
Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP, which was founded in the 1890s, has grown to be a multi-service law firm, consisting of more than 55 lawyers and a professional support staff. The firm’s main office is located at 99 Corporate Dr., Binghamton. It has convenient branch offices located in Bainbridge, Cortland, Ithaca, Owego, Hancock, Walton, and Montrose, Pa.