Hogan Lovells Partner Honored by Public Counsel as Volunteer of the Year

LOS ANGELES, 11 November 2010 – Hogan Lovells US LLP announced today that Neil O’Hanlon, a partner in the Los Angeles office, was honored at Public Counsel’s 11th annual Volunteer Gala as Volunteer of the Year on 10 November 2010. Public Counsel is the nation’s largest pro bono law office.

O’Hanlon is one of 17 volunteers recognized for extraordinary service to the community as a Volunteer of the Year. He is honored for his work on the Early Care & Education Project. On behalf of Public Counsel, O'Hanlon filed suit against the City of Vista, California, challenging an ordinance relating to large family day care homes. The ordinance made it difficult and expensive for a child care provider to open and operate a family day care home, depriving working families in Vista of the option of having their children cared for in a home setting. Following lengthy negotiations, the City Council of Vista adopted a revised ordinance and agreed to pay $30,000 to Public Counsel as partial compensation for the attorney's fees incurred by the plaintiffs.

"Neil O’Hanlon and our 16 additional volunteer honorees are all extraordinary examples of the Los Angeles community’s response to the urgent need for legal services for the poor," said Hernán Vera, President and CEO of Public Counsel. "Public Counsel and our clients are fortunate indeed to enjoy this level of excellence. Our work would be impossible without our volunteers."

Public Counsel provides outreach to low-income children, youth, adults, families, and eligible community organizations. Last year the organization served 29,000 pro bono clients with the help of over 3,700 volunteers.

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