Three law firms have made large donations to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison said it will match up to $250,000 of employee donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund—and that doesn’t include donations from partners, a “significant” amount, said firm chair Brad Karp. The firm also is offering employees a $1,500 advance on their salaries, to be repaid over six months, to alleviate hardships caused by the storm.
Karp said he hopes other firms will do their part to help storm victims. “I’m very proud of our firm’s response,” he said. “I fully expect that our broader legal community will meet this overwhelming challenge and, through direct financial assistance and pro bono support, will make a positive difference in the lives of the storm’s victims during this desperate time of need.”
Meanwhile, Morrison & Foerster announced it will donate $100,000 to help storm victims: $50,000 to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and $50,000 to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. The donations are from the Morrison & Foerster Foundation.
In addition, Holland & Knight’s managing partner Steven Sonberg announced that each of the firm’s 17 U.S. offices will hold a Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive and the firm will match the first $50,000 of individual contributions. The firm will partner with its client, American Red Cross.