Thursday, September 22
6:30 PM Cocktails | 7:30 PM Dinner
Cipriani 42nd Street, New York City

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Countdown to Gala


Thursday, September 22, 2022

Countdown to Live Event

Celebrating Stronger Nonprofits & Communities

With the RETURN of the Pro Bono Partnership Gala!

For 25 years the Partnership has been providing free legal help to nonprofits throughout Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. Please join us for a celebration honoring those who have made this milestone possible!

We are excited to welcome you back to the year’s most magical celebration of pro bono at Cipriani Midtown on September 22. In addition to seeing friends and colleagues in person, we will hear from nonprofits that have been the beneficiaries of this important work, and how legal assistance—always a necessity—became an integral part of continuing to provide critical services during the pandemic.

Tickets, tables, and sponsorships are available now, and many opportunities have limited availability. To reserve your seat and help us honor our Pro Bono Champions and the Partnership’s work, secure your spot today!

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25th Anniversary
Pro Bono Champions

Law Firm Honoree

Eric J. Friedman

Executive Partner
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

Corporate Honoree

IBM Corporation

Law Department

Thad Johnson

Chief Legal Officer

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Jonathan Mothner

Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Synchrony Financial

Board Chair, Pro Bono Partnership

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Gala Host:

Ari Melber

Chief Legal Correspondent and Anchor of “The Beat,” MSNBC

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Football, Hockey, and Theater Fans:

Make Some Noise at the Silent Auction!

Shop for a great cause! Something for sports fans and theater lovers…whether for yourself or as a gift for someone special, these items will surely be met with applause!

Autographed memorabilia from:

Saquon Barkley
Daniel Jones
Jerome Bettis
P.K. Subban
Damon Severson
Nico Hischier 

Broadway enthusiasts:

Two orchestra tickets to SIX The Musical!


Jonathan Mothner

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Synchrony Financial

Vice Chairman

Peter A. Gutermann

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary (Ret.)
Barnes Group, Inc.

Vice Chairman

John M. Liftin

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
(Formerly General Counsel and Managing Director, D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P.)


John L. Sander

Jackson Lewis P.C.
(Formerly Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Merck & Co., Inc.)


Anahaita N. Kotval

Chief Executive Officer
Lifting Up Westchester
(Formerly General Counsel, RBS Securities)


Ann M. Kappler

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Prudential Financial, Inc.

Sylvia A. Ayler

Director, Legal
Intellectual Property Group
Merck & Co., Inc.

Evan Charkes

Managing Director and Associate General Counsel
Global Wealth & Investment Management
Bank of America

Eric I Cohen

Executive Vice President & Corporate Secretary (General Counsel)
Infinite Reality, Inc.

Una A. Dean

VP, Assistant General Counsel, Investigations


David Flavell

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

John P. Frantz

Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Verizon Business Group

Daniel J. Goldstein

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Pitney Bowes

Rady Johnson

Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer
Pfizer, Inc

Cathy Lueders

Assistant General Counsel, SVP – US Markets

Greg Nehro

General Counsel – Americas
BNY Mellon

Alicia Perrault

Vice President and General Counsel
Pratt & Whitney

Scott Posner

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Terex Corporation

Edward J. Sebold

General Counsel

Richard H. Walker

King & Spalding, LLP
(Formerly Vice Chairman, Deutsche Bank AG)

David Yawman

Senior Advisor
BarkerGilmore LLC

Director Emeritus

Benjamin W. Heineman Jr.

Distinguished Senior Fellow
Program on the Legal Profession
Harvard Law School


Sylvia A. Ayler

Merck & Co., Inc.

Neil Barr

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Joshua R. Cammaker

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Brian DuPerre

UnitedHealth Group

Rady Johnson

Pfizer Inc

Rachel Lieberman

Synchrony Financial

Michael Nonaka

Covington & Burling LLP

Steering Committee

Brian Boyle

O’Melveny & Myers, LLP

Ting S. Chen

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

David Flavell


Matthew Ingber

Mayer Brown LLP

Frank R. Jimenez

Raytheon Technologies

Constantine Karides

Reed Smith LLP

Candace A. Kronholm

Pratt & Whitney,
a Raytheon Technologies Company

Kevin G. Lauri

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Cathy Lueders


Jami Wintz McKeon

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Gregory Nehro

BNY Mellon

Raymond N. Nimrod

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Joseph L. Noga

Jenner & Block LLP

Edward J. Sebold

IBM Corporation

Geoffrey Sigler

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Drew Tulumello

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Steven J. Williams

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP


Eric Cohen

Infinite Reality, Inc.

Una Dean

IBM Corporation

Daniel J. Goldstein

Pitney Bowes

Rady Johnson


Ann Kappler

Prudential Financial, Inc.

Jonathan Mothner

Synchrony Financial

Please check back soon, we are adding new info as the celebration nears!

Volunteers of the Year

For the Partnership’s silver anniversary, we are thrilled to build on our Volunteers of the Year (VOTY) award to honor our VOTY25! Celebrating the dedication and commitment of one amazing volunteer (or volunteer team) from each of our program areas, the VOTY25 have collectively addressed hundreds of nonprofit legal matters that have had a tremendous positive impact on our communities.

Congratulations VOTY25 honorees:

Mark Benevenia, Esq. & Vance G. Camisa, Esq.
Merck Legal Department

Susan M. Corcoran, Esq.
Jackson Lewis P.C.

George Nichols, Esq.

The Ferguson Library (Retired)

With Your Support,
Pro Bono Partnership
Can Continue to
Strengthen Nonprofits!

Make a Donation in Their Honor

Did you know that you can make a donation to
Pro Bono Partnership in honor of one of our
Pro Bono Champions, VOTY25, or someone else
deserving in your life? Thank you for supporting
the Partnership’s mission!