About Hanson Bridgett

Pro Bono Program

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Candice Shih

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 the 2019-2020 year, our attorneys contributed nearly 7,500 hours of pro bono work.

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.

Centro Legal de la Raza provides immigration-related legal services and support to families living in poverty, youth, victims of violent crimes, asylum seekers, and detained individuals in removal proceedings. It also provides assistance in the areas of tenants’ rights and workers’ rights.

Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence assists individuals, public agencies, advocates and lawmakers through researching, writing, enacting and defending laws, policies and programs aimed to save lives from gun violence.

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 Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco provides services to clients including children and homeless people.


Pro Bono Legal Service

Pro Bono Spotlight

We 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, the Court ruled unanimously that New York’s law regulates speech and must comport with First Amendment scrutiny.



Primary Contacts

Candice Shih
Pro Bono Committee Chair

415-995-5193 Direct Phone
415-995-3509 Fax

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Ann Mary Olson
Pro Bono Committee Vice-Chair

415-995-5068 Direct Phone
415-995-3579 Fax 

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Jennifer Yazdi
Pro Bono Committee Vice-Chair

415-995-5170 Direct Phone
415-995-3516 Fax 

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Pro Bono Committee

Marc Coats

David Casarrubias

Neema Ghiasi

Catherine Groves

Sean Herman

Merton Howard

Liz Masson

Rachel Patterson

Natalie Wilson

Nicole Witt

Samantha Wolff

Anita Zerounian