Hogan Lovells team wins prominent Public Counsel Pro Bono Award for the first time

Los Angeles, 9 February 2018 – Hogan Lovells is proud to announce that a team of lawyers from its Los Angeles office has won the prestigious Public Counsel Pro Bono Award for 2017. This marks the first time a Hogan Lovells team has won the award.

The group won the award for their pro bono representation of an indigent client, a vulnerable Los Angeles resident who had been fraudulently led to sign over the title to his home to a con artist who then fled the country and allegedly sold the property to a third party under suspicious circumstances. The supposed purchaser then attempted to evict the indigent client from his home, which his father built by hand when the client was a child. After years of litigation under challenging conditions, the case settled and the client was able to secure a suitable alternate residence for him and his daughter.

The award is one of the most important pro bono recognitions in the Los Angeles area. In selecting the Hogan Lovells team, the Public Counsel judges noted the team's "dedicated representation... that afforded [the client] the hope and stability he deserves. You stepped into the gap and you gave [the client] the justice and the results that he could not achieve on his own."

The Hogan Lovells team was led by Los Angeles-based senior associate David Skaar, with support from fellow senior associates Vassi Iliadis and Michelle Roberts Gonzales, and associates Benjamin Kram and Harmony Gbe.

Speaking about the award, Skaar commented:

"It is always gratifying to win recognition among your peers, especially for pro bono work that so directly impacted our client’s life, but helping this client and his daughter out of a very difficult situation is its own reward. We were very happy to work hard for them, help them secure a favorable result, and give them a greater degree of security going forward."

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