About Hanson Bridgett

Pro Bono Program

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Natalie Wilson

Pro Bono Legal Service

Hanson Bridgett is dedicated to providing pro bono services to individuals, organizations and businesses that cannot afford the cost of high-quality legal representation. Our attorneys handle a wide range of pro bono litigation and transactional matters with the same drive and commitment we bring to all of our client work.

We believe pro bono work benefits our firm as well as the deserving clients we serve. Our associates may receive credit toward their annual billable-hour requirements for up to 150 hours of pro bono work. In 2017, our attorneys contributed 5,000 hours of pro bono work and more than 170 charitable organizations.

Hanson Bridgett’s pro bono contributions are made possible by the hard work of the firm’s pro bono committee.

Pro Bono Partnerships

Some of the most rewarding work we do is borne out of Hanson Bridgett’s ongoing partnerships with nonprofit legal service organizations. We are proud to support these groups and the important issues on which they focus.

AIDS Legal Referral Panel serves the legal needs of people living with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Asylum Program of The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights helps indigent asylum seekers from more than 30 countries obtain permission to live in the U.S.

Legal Aid of Marin handles a wide range of legal matters for low income and senior residents of Marin County.

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, one of California’s most respected public interest law firms, is a vital voice for San Mateo County’s underserved populations.

The first nonprofit law firm for children and youth in the country, Legal Services for Children provides free services to individuals under 18 years old in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Legal Services for Entrepreneurs of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights assists low-income individuals open businesses in distressed neighborhoods. (video)

Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, not-for-profit veteran service organization that provides wrap-around care to more than 3,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year.

The Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco provides services to clients including children and homeless people.


Pro Bono Legal Service

Pro Bono Spotlight

We recently represented leading behavioral economists as amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court. In Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, a group of merchants challenged state laws that prohibit credit-card surcharges, but permit cash discounts. The plaintiffs claim this is a regulation of speech limited by the First Amendment. As our clients’ research demonstrates, there is no difference between credit surcharges and cash discounts in purely economic terms, but framing the price differential as a surcharge is more likely to deter credit use than raising sticker prices and offering a cash discount. Consistently, on March 30, the Court ruled unanimously that New York’s law regulates speech and must comport with First Amendment scrutiny.



Primary Contact

Natalie Wilson
Pro Bono Committee Chair

415-995-5185 Direct Phone
415-995-3592 Fax

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Pro Bono Committee

Alexandra Atencio
Ashley Baltazar
Kathryn Doi
Lori Ferguson
Catherine Groves
Brandi Hewlett
Merton Howard
Christopher Jensen
Rachel Patterson
Ronald Peterson
Kyla Rowe
Julie Sherman
Candice Shih
Rich Stratton