Six Tampa Attorneys Recognized for Pro Bono Service

09 June 2011 Media Contact: Dan Farrell News

Six attorneys in Foley's Tampa office were recognized by the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit and the Hillsborough County Bar Association for significant pro bono service to the local community.The following attorneys were recognized for their 2010 pro bono contributions to the Bay Area Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program (BALVP):

  • Stephen J. Szabo
  • Kamala Corbett
  • Victoria Knight
  • Marcela Lozano
  • Debra Smietanski
  • Christina Taylor

In addition, every attorney in Foley's Tampa office participated in pro bono efforts in 2010, contributing a total of 2,200 hours of pro bono work for an average of over 60 hours per attorney. Mr. Szabo, a member of the firm's Real Estate Practice, received a Gold Award from BALVP for contributing over 100 hours of pro bono services. "As a practicing attorney, I feel fortunate for the opportunity to give back to our community," Mr. Szabo said.

The recognitions of Foley's Tampa attorneys arise out of the firm's commitment to pro bono service. Foley & Lardner is the recipient of the 2011 Chief Justice's Law Firm Commendation Pro Bono Service Award, presented by the Florida Supreme Court to one law firm for its outstanding efforts in support of pro bono legal services. Working closely with the Orange County Legal Aid Society, the Dade County Bar Association Legal Aid Society, Bet Tzedek, Bay Area Legal Services, the Florida Attorneys' Saving Homes Project, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and the Disabled American Veterans among others, Foley attorneys have donated time and service on behalf of children, Holocaust survivors, families adversely affected by the challenging economy and injured military personnel returning from war. The Firm employs the diverse talents of its attorneys to meet the varied needs of underserved Floridians including abused and neglected children, charitable organizations, victims of political persecution seeking asylum, prisoners needing post-conviction representation and first responder/the indigent elderly in need of advance directives and estate planning.

Learn more about Bay Areal Legal Services and the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program at www.bals.org.

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