Wednesday, September 27
6:00 PM Cocktails | 7:00 PM Dinner
Cipriani 42nd Street, New York City

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Build a Brighter and Bolder Future With us at the Pro Bono Partnership Gala!

For more than 2.5 decades Pro Bono 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 our mission possible!

Please join us for the year’s most magical celebration of pro bono at Cipriani Midtown on Wednesday, September 27th. In addition to seeing friends and colleagues, you will hear from nonprofits that have been the beneficiaries of this important work, and how legal assistance enabled them to continue meeting needs in our neighborhoods.

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

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2023 Pro Bono Champions

Corporate Honoree

Chubb North America
Legal & Compliance

Law Firm Honoree

McCarter & English, LLP

Dinner Chairs

Richard Hernandez

Senior Vice President & General Counsel
New York Football Giants

Joseph F. Wayland

EVP, Chubb Group
General Counsel

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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Gala Program

Get Jazzed!

NEW for 2023, old-school live jazz with the Vance Camisa Jazz Quartet! Vance is not only a talented musician, he’s also a talented volunteer lawyer. When he’s not cranking out toe-tapping rhythms or working at his high-profile in-house attorney day job, Vance makes time to support the Partnership through pro bono work.

Gala guests will be able to experience the Vance Camisa Jazz Quartet’s musical magic at the cocktails and dessert receptions!

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

Corporate Vice President,
Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
United Technologies (retired)

Vice Chairman

John M. Liftin

Senior Counsel
Fried Frank


John L. Sander

Principal-NY Metro
Jackson Lewis P.C.


Ann M. Kappler

Executive Vice President and
General Counsel
Prudential Financial, Inc.


Anahaita N. Kotval

Chief Executive Officer
Lifting Up Westchester

Sylvia A. Ayler
Director, Legal
Intellectual Property Group
Merck & Co., Inc.

 Evan Charkes
Managing Director and
Associate General Counsel
Bank of America

 Eric I Cohen
Corporate Secretary
Infinite Reality, Inc. (retired)

 Una A. Dean
VP, Assistant General Counsel

David Flavell
EVP, General Counsel and
Corporate Secretary

John Frantz
Senior Vice President &
General Counsel
Verizon Business Group

Daniel J. Goldstein
Executive Vice President,
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 – Global Government Contracting

Gregory 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

Director Emeritus

Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr.
Distinguished Senior Fellow
Program on the Legal Profession
Harvard Law School


Richard Hernandez
New York Football Giants

Joseph F. Wayland
Chubb Group


Sylvia A. Ayler
Merck & Co., Inc.

Rady Johnson
Pfizer Inc.

Raja Maharajh
RTX Corporation

James McGuire
Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP

Jonathan Mothner
Synchrony Financial

James Rouhandeh
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Scott Sanpietro
Chubb North America Legal & Compliance

Steering Committee

Lorie E. Almon
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Spiro Bantis
London Fischer LLP

Joseph T. Boccassini
McCarter & English, LLP

Joshua R. Cammaker
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Arlene Chow
Latham & Watkins LLP

Peter Eyre
Crowell & Moring LLP

David Flavell

John Frantz

Andrew Gerlach
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Sandra Hauser
Dentons US LLP

John Hueston
Hueston Hennigan LLP

Matthew D. Ingber
Mayer Brown LLP

Constantine Karides
Reed Smith LLP

Brad S. Karp
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Matthew M. Kelly
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Kevin G. Lauri
Jackson Lewis P.C.

James R. Levine
Davis+Gilbert LLP

Gregg F. LoCascio
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Lori A. Martin
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Jami Wintz McKeon
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Gregory Nehro
BNY Mellon

Joseph Noga
Jenner & Block LLP

Kristen Perkins
Kennedys Law LLP

Jonathan Rosenberg
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Richard I. Werder, Jr.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Jonathan Youngwood
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP


Eric I Cohen

Infinite Reality, Inc.

Una Dean

IBM Corporation

Daniel J. Goldstein

Pitney Bowes

Rady Johnson


Ann Kappler

Prudential Financial, Inc.

Jonathan Mothner

Synchrony Financial

Volunteers of the Year

Special thanks to our Volunteers of the Year (VOTY)! We are proud to celebrate the dedication and commitment of outstanding volunteers from each of our program areas in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. These longtime Partnership volunteers have collectively addressed hundreds of nonprofit legal matters that have made tremendous impact on our communities.

Congratulations VOTY Honorees

Marvin Campbell
Senior Vice President & Chief Business Development Counsel
Synchrony Financial

Day Pitney LLP

Terri Freeman
Assistant General Counsel for Compliance
Employment & Privacy, BASF

Michael F. McNamee
Director & EAC Compliance & Operational Risk Manager
Bank of America

Michele Vaillant
McCarter & English, LLP

Ann Zucker
Carmody, Torrance, Sandak, & Hennessey LLP

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)

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Pro Bono Partnership
Can Continue to
Strengthen Nonprofits!

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