Pro Bono Partnership volunteers are a remarkable group, and we are constantly amazed at their unwavering commitment to making change happen and improving lives in our communities. Read below to learn more about the hard work and commitment of our volunteers.

Volunteer Spotlight: Venable LLP

Michael Phillipou, Venable LLP
Michael Phillipou, Venable LLP

Venable attorneys have consistently volunteered with Pro Bono Partnership since 2014, and have assisted Partnership clients with a wide variety of legal matters.

Venable’s New York real estate team has been particularly helpful to one of our amazing clients, Wolf Conservation Center (“WCC”), a nonprofit environmental education organization working to protect and preserve wolves in North America through science-based education, advocacy, and participation in the federal recovery and release programs for two critically endangered wolf species. In late 2019, WCC contacted Pro Bono Partnership seeking assistance reviewing several architect and construction contracts related to the construction of their new education center.


Neda Ameri, Venable LLP
Neda Ameri, Venable LLP

Venable real estate partner Michael Phillipou and associate Neda Ameri worked tirelessly with WCC on this project, helping WCC address the twists and challenges that come with even the most well-planned development projects. Their work is best described by WCC Board Member Dean S. Travalino. “Design and pre-construction for our new Education Pavilion has been an exciting undertaking for our small but growing environmental organization. The process has been far less daunting thanks to the generous support of Venable LLP. Michael Phillipou and Neda Ameri have been outstanding not only for their expertise in the field, but their patience, dedication, and ability to guide us in a way that has made them an integral part of our facilities team.”

As a result of the legal guidance provided by Venable, WCC is better positioned to fulfill its mission of promoting conservation, ecological balance, and personal responsibility for improved stewardship of our world. We are so appreciative for Michael and Neda’s hard work and dedication to WCC, and all of those at Venable who support pro bono work.

Photo courtesy of: WCC
Photo courtesy of: WCC

Interested in learning more about the impact our wonderful volunteers have on the nonprofit community? Explore the following Volunteer Spotlights for an in-depth look:

Bill Roberts, Shipman & Goodwin

Blank Rome

Bob Chesler and John Lacey, Anderson Kill

Brian McGuire, Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero & Perle, LLP

Christine Malafi and Kyle Broderick, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP

Christine McInerney, The Nature’s Bounty Co.

Dechert LLP + YWCA of Bergen County

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

F. Scott Wilson, Pratt & Whitney

Jeff Gruen, Merck & Co., Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

Kurt Odell, Moran Towing Corporation

Lisa Ulrich, IBM

Long Island Legal Check-Up Volunteers

Mark Benevenia & Vance Camisa, Merck & Co., Inc. + Creative Heartwork

Meredith Morgan, Zukerman Gore Brandeis & Crossman, LLP

Michael Angarsky, The Chef’s Warehouse + Soul Ryeders

Rachel Fernbach, Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP

Rachel Lieberman, Synchrony Financial

Robinson & Cole LLP

Sanofi U.S., New Jersey Law Journal’s Law Department of the Year for Pro Bono

Sofia Papakostas, JPMorgan Chase + Steppin’ Up Yonkers

Susan Corcoran, Jackson Lewis P.C.