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At Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, community involvement is part of the culture. We are committed to giving back to the communities where we work and live, through board service, hands-on volunteerism, sponsorships, donations and pro bono legal services. Even in a billable-hour culture, our employees exemplify the spirit of philanthropy.

Last year, the firm supported more than 500 nonprofit organizations. More than 70 percent of the attorneys and policy professionals at Brownstein sit on boards of nonprofit and civic organizations. Firmwide, we provided over 10,000 hours of pro bono legal services to help underserved individuals and organizations. And more than 300 Brownstein team members volunteered at Karma Projects—volunteer projects designed to engage our employees, clients, families and friends in giving back to their communities through hands-on service.

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Styled for Success: Brownstein, Dress for Success and 5280 Team Up for Nonprofit Styling

Styled for Success: Brownstein, Dress for Success and 5280 Team Up for Nonprofit Styling

Wrapping up Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s April clothing drive, the firm partnered with Dress for Success to give their client, April Basler, a makeover courtesy of 5280 Fashion Editor and Stylist Georgia Benjou. More

Brownstein Women’s Leadership Initiative, Dress for Success Transform Clients with Makeovers

Brownstein Women’s Leadership Initiative, Dress for Success Transform Clients with Makeovers

Wrapping up Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s April clothing drive, the firm partnered with Dress for Success’s Southern Nevada Chapter to give two Dress for Success clients complimentary makeover transformations. More

Community Impact Report 2015

Community Impact Report 2015

When it comes to making a difference in our community, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is all in! From our Karma Volunteer program to Lunch & Learn educational presentations to extensive pro bono and board service, giving back is, and always will be, part of our DNA. To download a PDF of the 2015 Community Impact Report, please click here. More

Brownstein’s Rob Kaufmann Receives Community Leadership Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council

Brownstein’s Rob Kaufmann Receives Community Leadership Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council

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Brownstein Awarded Denver Business Journal’s Partners in Philanthropy Recognition

Brownstein Awarded Denver Business Journal’s Partners in Philanthropy Recognition

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is proud to accept the 2014 Partners in Philanthropy award from the Denver Business Journal. The award highlights Brownstein’s longstanding service to the community. More

How We Give Back

Volunteerism

Hands-on volunteerism is a key piece of Brownstein’s commitment to the community. Throughout the year, our employees participate in Karma Projects, designed to give our employees, clients, family and friends an opportunity to give back to the communities where we work and live.

Karma Committees in each of our offices help plan and lead “done-in-a-day” volunteer projects and drives to support local nonprofits and those in need in our community. Last year, we participated in 30 Karma Projects across the firm, including collecting food and school supplies, painting an apartment for a family transitioning out of homelessness, making and delivering valentines to kids in the hospital and adopting families for the holidays.

Board Service

Board service is at the heart of Brownstein’s community investment program. More than 70 percent of our attorneys and policy professionals serve on the boards of directors for nonprofit organizations in the communities where we live and work.

Attorneys and policy professionals of all levels are encouraged to engage with the community through board service, to the point that community involvement is included as one of the core competencies in our annual evaluation and advancement process.

Brownstein’s reach through nonprofit board service is broad, focused primarily on matching our attorneys with organizations and causes that are meaningful to them. Our impact is significant, with our employees providing thousands of hours of volunteer leadership for nonprofit organizations doing important work in our community.

If you work for a nonprofit—or know of a nonprofit—that would be interested in having a Brownstein attorney serve on the board, please contact Kristin Stork, director of community relations.

Click here for a list of the boards our attorneys and policy professionals served on in 2014.

Donations & Sponsorships

In addition to investing thousands of hours of volunteer and pro bono services in the community, Brownstein is proud to have contributed more than $16 million to nonprofit organizations over the past 20 years. Our financial support is focused on organizations where our attorneys, policy professionals and clients are engaged. We supported more than 300 organizations with approximately $1.4 million in 2013.

If your nonprofit organization is interested in receiving financial support from Brownstein, the best way to start is to engage one of our attorneys or policy professionals in your work—ideally through committee and/or board service. Contact Kristin Stork, director of community relations, to learn more.

Pro Bono

Pro bono legal services and community service are key components of the culture at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Our firm was built on a foundation of giving back, and we expect every attorney who joins our firm to support that commitment. 

Our lawyers and staff devoted more than 10,000 hours to pro bono work in 2013 and 2014. We are a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge. Our Denver office has pledged to commit an average of 50 pro bono hours per lawyer, per year to the Colorado Supreme Court. In 2013, Brownstein was ranked 101 on the The American Lawyer’s Top 200 pro bono rankings, surpassing many larger firms and our own rank of 168 out of 200 by revenue.

We are committed to sharing our resources and talent to improve our communities and the lives of others. Click here to learn more or contact our Pro Bono Partner Lauren Schmidt.

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