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Pro Bono

Responsibility and engagement for the community we live in belong to the core values of our firm. Our lawyers see themselves as active and responsible members of our society. Through our work we aim to bring about long-lasting change.

That’s why pro-bono engagement has a long tradition at Orrick and is an inherent part of our firm’s culture. The lawyers at Orrick are encouraged to involve themselves in social issues and make a change for the better with their engagement. Every year we perform several thousand pro-bono hours of work, in 2015 alone more than 68,000. In the same year we won first place for our acceptance of pro-bono projects at the pro-bono organization proboneo.

Worldwide our lawyers are working together in the following pro-bono areas:

  • Micro-financing,
  • Sustainable development,
  • Environment protection, and
  • Human rights.

In addition, Orrick supports education and scholarship programs as well as people affected by humanitarian disasters.


For more information regarding our pro-bono activities please contact us.

Selected examples of pro-bono activities in Germany


Our lawyers support ekoneo, a company which negotiates and offers price reductions for NGOs.

Orrick recently advised ekoneo on the drafting of a framework contract and general terms and conditions and data privacy issues.

World Bank

Orrick has been supporting the World Bank with their yearly Flagship-Report “Doing Business: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency” for several years. This annual report analyses the business regulations which encourage and restrict business activities. “Doing Business” presents quantitative indicators of business regulations and the protection of property rights from 189 national economies – ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe –which can be compared over time. The report measures the regulations which affect the eleven areas of life of a business. These indicators are used to analyse economic findings and to identify where, and why, reforms of business regulations have been implemented.

Association pour le droit à l’initiative économique (ADIE)

Orrick’s European offices have, together with 18 other law firms, founded the international research project Association pour le droit à l’initiative économique (ADIE). The aim of this association is to promote micro-financing sectors in Europe. Our team compiled a comparative legal analysis of the relevant EU legislation. The results of this analysis, the Executive Report, assisted AIDE and the European Commission with the reformation of the micro-financing sectors.

The project received the Thomson Reuters Foundation Impact Award. This award is presented for outstanding performance and cooperation of law firms and NGOs in the pro-bono field.

stiftung neue verantwortung

Orrick is the founding member of the non-profit association stiftung neue verantwortung e.V. (snv) which started in 2008. snv ist a non-profit think-tank based in Berlin, which brings together expertise from politics, research institutes, NGOs, and companies in order for them to develop, discuss and spread non-party recommendations to current political topics. Each year a group of 100 young economic, scientific, political and society experts take part in the program. The aim is to develop practical ideas and solutions which can then, through publications and events, have an influence on public opinion.

Open Society Justice Institute (OSJI)

Orrick has been advising the Open Society Justice Institute (OSJI) in different projects regarding human rights and the protection of fundamental rights in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Orrick drew up two memoranda for the OSJI. The first one was about German courts’ case-law, especially from the Federal Constitution Court on the freedom of opinion and press, and the right to informational self-determination. The topic of the second memorandum was the protection of the plurality of media under Art. 5 German Federal Constitution (GG). On the basis of these two memoranda, the OSJI delivered opinions before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Most recently Orrick advised the OSJI within the scope of a project on discrimination in German schools. On behalf of the OSJI we analyzed how the discriminatory treatment of students in schools can, on a case-by-case basis, be brought before the German and European courts.