BDO, full-service accounting firm who is also a member of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s Corporate Advisory Board (CAB), takes its role as a responsible corporate citizen to heart and has been providing crucial pro bono services in Committee litigation to address racial discrimination against Black and Latinx police officers. BDO’s analysis was critical to our successful lawsuit on behalf of three Black Pocomoke City Police officers. They provided the financial analysis of future earnings including promotions, overtime, pensions, Social Security and more to support a $1.2 million settlement. BDO has also been an essential part of our class-action lawsuit on behalf of former workers at the home remodeling company, Homefix, which racially discriminated against our clients and failed to properly pay their wages. In addition, BDO is currently assisting us in our litigation on behalf of officers of color who were subjected to discrimination by the Prince Georges Police Department.
BDO, along with Savills and FTI, have been proud members of the Committee’s Corporate Advisory Board, offering pro bono services and financial support. FTI, a national litigation support firm has provided pro bono support for our Barry Farms housing case.
Savills generously represented the Committee pro bono in its recent office move. After 20 years in our office at DuPont Circle, Savills assisted us to find our new space, engage and work with an architect and builder and negotiate our lease.
Contact Discovery Services, LLC, a Washington, DC based legal support and technology management company, reached out to the Committee after George Floyd’s death to determine if the firm could contribute to civil rights work by providing us with pro bono litigation support. The firm specializes in managing data and technology for legal projects. Contact’s first partnership with the Committee will be to provide litigation and data management support on a significant piece of litigation. We expect the firm to assist with a broad range of discovery-related activities, including assisting with document production, as well as hosting, maintaining and analyzing produced documents and data, including electronically stored information. We are looking forward to working on this case together and on others to come.
Needless to say, these corporate pro bono opportunities are absolutely critical to the thorough development of a case. They take an enormous burden off of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee legal staff, as well as pro bono counsel.
Corporations that are interested in aligning themselves with the racial justice mission of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee should contact Gregg Kelley at Gregg_Kelley@washlaw.org or (202) 319-1070.