Pro Bono

The Patriot Group

Emergency responders earned a place at the center of the national consciousness after their heroic efforts on 9/11/01. One responder who was there at Ground Zero was FDNY Captain Alfredo Fuentes. As Acting Battalion Chief of the FDNY Marine division on that morning, Captain Fuentes was sitting down to his...

Catholic Charities Volunteer Lawyer Initiative

Among the region's largest and most active human services organizations, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockville Centre, provides Care With Dignity...Life With Hope to the poor, isolated, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. As part of its mission, the organization recruits attorneys to provide desperately needed legal services on a pro...

East River Development Alliance

"Think Local" is a guiding principle of the East River Development Alliance, an organization founded in 2003 specifically to assist residents at the Queensbridge and Ravenswood public housing projects in Long Island City, Queens. Farrell Fritz became involved through a referral by the Lawyers Alliance for New York, the leading...

Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation

LIAF began in 1988 in typical grass-roots fashion. Five women, each of whom had a parent or grandparent with Alzheimer's disease, were sharing their frustration of not knowing where to turn for much-needed help. Their solution was to do it themselves. Their initial efforts included an information hotline, the region's...

Queensbridge Scholarship Fund

Farrell Fritz first became involved with the Queensbridge and Ravenswood public housing projects in Long Island City through its pro bono work on behalf of the East River Development Alliance, a group founded specifically to help residents there. The firm's commitment to supporting economic expansion in Queens continues with its...

Queens Theater in the Park

Queens Theatre in the Park, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, is one of the borough's premier venues for theater, dance, concerts and multicultural events. Louis Vlahos serves on its Board of Directors and has provided a wide range of legal guidance on a pro bono basis. He has helped...

Sustainable Long Island

Advocating for the preservation of Long Island open spaces and environment while promoting economic development is the mission of Sustainable Long Island, a non-profit group founded in 2002 with pro-bono help from Farrell Fritz. Members of the firm's Tax practice group, including Louis Vlahos, helped it establish itself as a...

Helping People Obtain Needed Benefits

The Nassau-Suffolk Law Services Committee is a nonprofit, community-based poverty law program that regularly refers pro bono cases to Farrell Fritz. Many of these involve local residents who need help in receiving their deserved government benefits but are unable to afford a lawyer to help them. Frank McRoberts, of Farrell Fritz's...

Representing a Church in an Employment Dispute

Farrell Fritz lawyers have devoted their time and expertise to an area church that had been involved in a protracted dispute with a former employee. After voluntarily resigning her position with the church, the employee filed a claim for unemployment insurance benefits, which generally are only available to employees who...

Separating Church and Housing Development

A local area church faced a tricky political problem that required the skills of Farrell Fritz attorneys. The problem occurred when the not-for-profit housing development adjacent to the church property was being sold. The church, through its bylaws, was linked to the housing development. In order for the transaction to...