Five Harter Secrest & Emery attorneys were recently recognized as part of the New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel program for their commitment to providing pro bono legal services.
They are Emily Ayers, Paul Greene, John Horn, Maura McGuire and Jeff Wadsworth. The Empire State Counsel Program recognizes NYSBA members who performed 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services during the year.
“Harter Secrest & Emery has always believed that we have a responsibility to give back to the communities in which we work and to the legal justice system as a whole,” said Michael R. McEvoy, managing partner, noting that, firm-wide, Harter Secrest & Emery dedicated more than 3,300 hours to pro bono services in 2014. “We are proud of all the attorneys at our firm who perform pro bono service for living out this belief with passion and dedication, and we salute Emily, Paul, John, Maura and Jeff for their leadership in this important area.”
- Ayers is an associate in the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice group, who concentrates her practice on issues relating to welfare benefit plan compliance and administration.
- Greene, a litigation partner, is a past recipient of the William McKnight Volunteer Service Award for distinguished pro bono service to the community.
- Horn, partner in charge of the firm’s Buffalo office, has been active with numerous community organizations throughout Western New York and previously received the Pro Bono Special Service Award from the United States District Court, Western District of New York.
- McGuire is a litigation associate with the firm and has been an active participant in the Monroe County Public Defender’s Appellate Pro Bono Program and the Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County.
- A litigation partner, Wadsworth has advanced numerous constitutional law arguments on behalf of pro bono clients.