Philanthropy: We Give Back
Percentage of Firm’s Profits Donated to Charitable Causes
In keeping with our law firm’s principles, every year we donate a portion of our law firm’s profits to charities both domestically and abroad.
The Hebrew word tzedakah means “justice” or “righteousness”, and is most commonly associated with charitable giving. The mitzvah of donating to charity is a core principle here at our law firm, and in the last few years, we have donated over $380,000 to charitable causes.
In 2020, we donated $71,360 to three international charitable organizations.
First, we donated $36,360 to SightSavers. That gift funded medical treatment for impoverished children and adults who are suffering from debilitating eye diseases. (The magic number in Judaism for life is 18. 18 x the year 2020 = $36,360.) Second, we donated $25,000 to The End Fund. That gift delivered neglected tropical disease treatments to help thousands of sick children. Third, we donated $10,000 to the Against Malaria Foundation. That gift distributed 5,000 nets to the Kwilu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help fight disease-spreading mosquitos.
In 2018 and 2019, we donated $100,000 to three organizations.
Specifically, we donated $33,334 to the Against Malaria Foundation which bought thousands of insecticidal mosquito-fighting nets to protect families from malaria, $33,334 to Evidence Action’s “Deworm the World Initiative” which paid for thousands of deworming medication tablets to help children suffering from parasites, and $33,334 to GiveDirectly which helped extremely low-income families afford basic necessities.
In addition to the donations described above, in 2020 alone we also gave to many organizations in Georgia including (a) a $5,000 sponsorship to The Salvation Army and Boys & Girls Club of America, (b) $1,500 to a fundraiser for the Johns Creek Fire Department, and (c) several other financial gifts to local organizations.
For so long as our law firm continues winning verdicts and settlements for our clients and their families, our law firm will continue to donate a portion of our law firm’s profits to nonprofit and charitable organizations here in Georgia and in countries overseas.
Pro Bono Cases
Each year we take on a few cases pro bono, meaning we work for free and do not charge our client any money for our work.
Below are just four recent examples of clients we helped.
In July 2021, we resolved a car accident claim for a close friend who suffered significant family and financial setbacks unrelated to this crash years ago. The setback this friend suffered, really impacted his whole life and will likely last for many years to come. We took on his 2020 car wreck case for free. This client suffered hip and back injuries as a result of a head-on car accident that occurred in Sandy Springs in 2020. With about $50,000 of medical bills, (most of it was related to the emergency room visit, physical therapy, and three injections), our client made a good recovery. We pursued the case on his behalf at no charge and resolved it for $148,500 after we filed suit and were in discovery. We waived our fee and we also waived our expenses so that our client could keep 100% of the settlement.
In February 2021, a young single mother asked us to help her with a complicated landlord-tenant dispute. While landlord-tenant law is not something we typically handle, we wanted to help this lady who did not have the financial resources to hire a lawyer. We researched the law, conferred with colleagues, and negotiated a settlement with the apartment complex that allowed this woman to move into a new larger apartment in a different (and more upscale) complex for 1/2 the rent. There she will be able to raise her baby in a healthier, safer, and better environment.
In September 2020, we helped a young mother of five to recover from a severe crash. Despite the insurance coverage being the state’s minimum limits (i.e. $25,000), we filed a lawsuit at no cost to this young mother and we spent months litigating and then negotiating with the medical providers and lienholders. Our client ended up with enough money to pay off her medical bills, her lien holders, and keep several thousand dollars to spend on her children. Again, though we did not take any fee, we did take pride in changing this young mother’s life.
In early 2020, we helped the parents of a young man who was killed. The young man’s parents lived out of state and we did everything through Zoom and by email. Despite the evidence being stacked against the young man, we managed to track down witnesses who shared testimony that conflicted with the investigating officer and established that the young man was mostly innocent. The results of our investigation meant that the car insurance had to pay the parents. Though we did not get paid any fee for the time we spent, the feeling we experienced when we shared the good news with the young man’s parents was worth far more than any legal fee.
While we wish we could take on more cases each year on a pro bono basis, we are very proud of the work we have done and continue to do. We’ve developed life-lasting friendships with the wonderful families we have met and represented through our pro bono representation.
Supporting the Fight Against COVID-19
When the COVID-19 crisis struck in early 2020, we quickly stepped up to help Georgians across our state. We were one of the very first law firms to donate to causes we believed in. Early on, we made significant financial contributions to:
- the Atlanta Community Food Bank so that families wouldn’t go without eating;
- Emory University, specifically the Emory COVID-19 Impact Fund, so that medical professionals could work with more safety equipment; and
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (“CHOA”) where Darren and Lana have personally taken their boys for care, and where Lana worked as a pediatric physical therapist for over a decade.
The bottom-line is our Georgia based personal injury law firm tries to help where we can, when we can, and however we can. If you have a cause that you believe in, or are looking for help on some particular legal matter, you are welcome to call us at 404-JUSTICE or contact us via email.