Former investigators from the FBI and CIA are on staff, but that’s just one thing that makes Bickel & Brewer a different kind of law firm. Yes, the firm recently launched its own investigative unit, but another distinguishing factor is that it has run its own charitable foundation for more than 10 years.

Indeed, the 34-lawyer Dallas-based law firm has funded the Bickel & Brewer Foundation since 1995. Its activities have expanded to where, last year, the firm hired Kit Sawers to serve as the full-time executive director of the foundation. Sawers had previously run her own event management and consulting business.