Stroock Attorneys Honored for Distinguished Pro Bono Efforts

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 18, 2005--Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a leading national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, announced today that Lauren Abolsky, Kamilla A. Chaudhery, and Michelle Vago were each recognized for their legal work in the public service industry.

Ms. Abolsky and Ms. Chaudhery, associates in Stroock's Litigation Practice Group, were presented with an award for their distinguished pro bono efforts on behalf of domestic violence victims at a Sanctuary for Families' reception on November 3rd in New York City. The event was hosted by the Associates Committee, a group of young professionals who support Sanctuary for Families' Center for Battered Women's Legal Services. Ms. Abolsky and Ms. Chaudhery were honored for their work with an extremely traumatized victim in a heavily contested order of protection and custody/visitation case in Brooklyn Family Court.

“Their work exemplifies the type of work being done by Stroock's Public Service Project and our long-standing participation in the public service arena.”

Ms. Vago, an associate in Stroock's Corporate Practice Group, was presented with a Cornerstone Award for Pro Bono Excellence at the Seventh Annual Lawyers Alliance for New York reception last night in New York City. The Cornerstone Awards honor outstanding contributions in pro bono legal service to nonprofits by New York's legal community. She was selected this year for offering her legal services to Rocking the Boat and other nonprofit organizations.

"We are extremely proud of Lauren, Kamilla and Michelle's pro bono advocacy," said Thomas Heftler, Stroock's co-managing partner. "Their work exemplifies the type of work being done by Stroock's Public Service Project and our long-standing participation in the public service arena."

Sanctuary's Associates Committee (SAC) is a group of young professionals who are committed to combating domestic violence and have joined together to support Sanctuary's work. Over half of the fifty New York law firms that provide pro bono services to Sanctuary clients are represented on SAC. SAC supports Sanctuary by organizing recreational events for Sanctuary clients and their children; holding donation drives to collect much-needed items for Sanctuary clients, including toys for the holidays and household items for clients leaving shelters; and raising funds for Sanctuary through its annual benefit. Sanctuary is deeply indebted to the members of SAC, who provide invaluable services to Sanctuary and to hundreds of victims of domestic violence each year. In the past three years, SAC has raised over $200,000 in support of Sanctuary for Families.

Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City's low-income neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, we help nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, and operate vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, recent immigrants, and other low-income New Yorkers. Each year, the 11 staff attorneys at Lawyers Alliance work together with a network of more than 700 volunteers from some of the finest law firms and corporate legal departments in the City to serve more than 420 clients on more than 650 legal matters.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is a law firm providing transactional and litigation guidance to leading multinational corporations, investment banks, and venture capital firms in the U.S. and abroad. Stroock's emphasis on client service and innovation has made it one of the nation's leading law firms for 125 years. Stroock's practice areas include corporate finance, legal services to financial institutions, energy, financial restructuring, insurance, intellectual property, litigation and real estate. For more information, please visit Stroock's website at


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