The following is a list of awards and recognition that the firm and firm attorneys have received for pro bono and community service efforts benefiting the legal community or the law. While the biggest rewards for our efforts in the community are the good results that we have received for our pro bono clients and their gratitude, we appreciate this additional recognition of our work.


2017

  • Kevin Patariu Among Recipients of the 2017 USPTO Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate
  • Camille Fisher and Laura Hill were recognized by the Federal Bar Association with its Pro Bono Award for outstanding contributions to the cause of equal access to justice in the Western District of Washington.
  • Katherine May was named by the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project as the recipient of its 2017 Adult Pro Bono Award for committing her time and talent to tirelessly advocating for detained immigrants in Arizona.
  • Phoenix office received the ALWAYS’ Heart of Justice Law Firm of the Year Award by Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services.
  • Nancy Williams was honored by her peers throughout Seattle as the King County Bar Association's 2017 Outstanding Lawyer.
  • Laura Kerr received Law Lab’s Pro Bono Champion award for her contribution to the success of defending the rule of law for immigrants and refugees in Oregon.
  • Lorri Dunsmore received Wayfind’s distinguished Andy Guy Pro Bono Leadership award.
  • Don Baur was selected by the Pegasus Foundation as a recipient of the Pegasus Wings Award for his pro-bono representation of innumerable animal protection and environmental interests.
  • Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Services presented by the United States District Court in conjunction with the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association to Chicago attorney’s Patrick Collins, Adam Marchuk, Caroline Teichnerand Kristin Smith.
  • Boise office received the Idaho State Bar’s 6.1 Challenge Award in the Large Firm category for Pro Bono service.
  • The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education announced Philip Higdon as a recipient of the Top Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona award.
  • The 2017 ABA Business Law Section's National Public Service Award for extraordinary pro bono contributions to nonprofit organizations was presented to Lorri Dunsmore.
  • The Arizona Region of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) presented its prestigious Judge Learned Hand Emerging Leadership Award to Bo Dul

2016

  • King County Dependency CASA Program’s David W. Soukup Award for Outstanding Legal Advocacy for Children presented to Nate Durrance
  • CAIR Coalition’s 2016 Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP), Pro Bono All-Star Award presented to Bo Dul
  • Honored by Brooklyn Legal Services for excellence in pro bono work
  • Oregon State Bar Pro Bono Committee “Individual at a Firm” Pro Bono Award presented to Kristina Holm
  • Washington State Bar Association’s 2016 Apex Award for Pro Bono
  • Domestic Violence Legal Clinic’s 2016 Champions of Justice Award presented to Jordan McCarthy, David Gold and Furqan Mohammed
  • Innocence Project Northwest Pro Bono Award presented to Perkins Coie and Chris Baird
  • Public Interest Law Initiative’s 2016 Pro Bono Recognition Roster
  • 3Arts Recognition of Perkins Coie as Award Partner

2015

  • National Center for State Courts inducted Karl Sandstrom into the Warren Burger Society
  • Chinatown Community Development Center Community Leader Award presented to Allan Low
  • Coalition to End Gender-Based Violence 2015 Take Action Award
  • Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project Award
  • ABA Death Penalty Representation Project Exceptional Service Award
  • Columbia Legal Services Pro Bono Award presented to Brendan Peters & Kaustuv M. Das
  • Alaska Attorney General’s Award for Pro Bono Service presented to Tom Daniel
  • DC Appleseed 2015 Service Award
  • League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County 2015 Champion of Voting Rights presented to David Perez
  • Public Interest Law Initiative 2015 Recognition Roster
  • Arizona Center for Disability Law Disability Justice Award
  • Kids In Need of Defense Allegiance Award
  • National Legal Aid and Defender Association 2015 Beacon of Justice Award
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association 2015 Rising Star presented to David Tsai
  • Legal Services NYC Pro Bono Leadership Award

2014

  • Financial Times Innovative Lawyers 2014 Recognition
  • Legal Services NYC - Brian Eiting named to Pro Bono Honor Roll 2014
  • The Law Project (Chicago) - presented to Matt Shebuski
  • ACLU of Washington 2014 Civil Libertarian Award to be presented to members of the Montes and Wilbur Trial Teams
  • Washington Lawyers for the Arts Robert C. Cumbow Brio Award to be presented to James Vana
  • Eastside Legal Assistance Program Law Firm of the Year - to be presented to Perkins Coie LLP
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Champion of Justice Award - presented to the Wilbur Trial Team
  • David W. Soukup Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Legal Advocacy for Children - Presented to Perkins Coie LLP
  • Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, Awarded to Misha Isaak
  • Century City Bar Association - Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year
  • Washington Defender Association President’s Award - presented to the Wilbur Trial Team
  • King County Dependency CASA Program - Pro Bono of the Year awarded to Perkins Coie LLP
  • Legal Counsel for the Elderly Certificate of Appreciation - Presented to Perkins Coie LLP
  • ACLU of Oregon - Special Recognition to Julia Markley

2013

  • The Moyer Foundation’s Scott Malbray Time, Talent & Treasure Award
  • Justice at Stake’s Ally of the Courts Award
  • Seattle Met Magazine Light a Fire Award for Extraordinary Pro Bono Contribution
  • Equality Arizona’s Human Rights Corporate Award
  • Refugee Women’s Alliance Community Impact Award
  • Alaska Attorney General’s Award for Pro Bono Service, awarded to Danielle Ryman
  • The National Legal Aid and Defender Association Beacon of Justice Award
  • Urban League of Portland special recognitions for outstanding pro bono work, awarded to Pat Simpson and Perkins Coie
  • Public Counsel’s Adoptions Project Volunteer of the Year, awarded to Lauren Sliger
  • King County Bar Association Presidents Award, awarded to KM Das
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys, awarded to Jack Vincent
  • Washington State Paralegal Association Paralegal Pro Bono Award, awarded to Jane Frissell
  • National Crime Victim Law Institute Attorney of the Year Award
  • Alaska Legal Services Corporation Lifetime Achievement Award for Pro Bono
  • ABA Section of Litigation John Minor Wisdom Public Interest and Professionalism Award
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association 2013 Michal Maggio Pro Bono Award
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Amicus Award

2012

  • Judge Edwin Peterson Professionalism Award, awarded to Sarah Crooks
  • Dallas Hispanic Bar Association Estrella Award, awarded to Rocío Cristina García
  • International Client Recognition from Friends of IIASA
  • Friend of the Daily Cal Award, awarded to Sue Stott
  • Columbia Legal Services Pro Bono Hero Award
  • CASA Award for Outstanding Legal Advocacy for Children, awarded to Paul Graves
  • Lewis & Clark Law School's Small Business Legal Clinic Pro Bono Champions, awarded to Brent Bullock, Steve Higgs, Kara Tatman and Meredith Weisshaar
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee Pro bono Team of the year Award, awarded to Jess Dance and Zane Gilmer
  • Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Colorado Supreme Court Recognition for Pro Bono Contributions
  • Oregon Area Jewish Committee Emerging Leadership Award, awarded to Julia Markley
  • Willamette West Habitat for Humanity Recognition for Service

2011

  • National Legal Aid & Defender Association 2011 Beacon of Justice Award
  • 2011 Alaska Native Village Member of the Year Award, awarded to Christine V. Williams
  • Washington State Bar Association 2011 Award of Merit, awarded to Joe McMillan, Harry Schneider and Charles Sipos.
  • CASA of Cook County's 2011 Spirit Award, awarded to Vince Maloney
  • 2011 Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Justice for All Award for Outstanding Commitment to Pro Bono Service, awarded to Howard Cabot
  • 2011 Pro Bono 6.1 Challenge Award from the Fourth Judicial District of the Idaho State Bar
  • King County Bar Association Volunteer of the Year Award, awarded to Brenda Canada
  • Legal Services Corporation Pro Bono Certificate of Appreciation
  • The State Bar of Wisconsin Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award, awarded to David J. Harth
  • The State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel Award, awarded to Kirupa Pushparaj
  • Eastside Legal Assistance Program's Volunteer Law Firm of the Year
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association's Second Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Award, awarded to Madison office
  • Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project 2010 Asylum Advocate Award
  • Foster Parents Association of Washington State's Danielle and Steven Baxter Award

2010

  • Washington State Bar Association Washington Young Lawyers Division Thomas Neville Pro Bono Award, awarded to Lisa Schaures
  • National Legal Aid & Defender Association Beacon of Justice Award
  • Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, awarded to Chris Wilson and Jon Buck
  • Puget Sound Business Journal Corporate Philanthropists List
  • Washington State Paralegal Association's Paralegal Pro Bono Award, awarded to Jeanenne Rutherford
  • Greater Seattle Business Association's Advocate for Social Justice Award
  • Lewis & Clark Law School's Small Business Legal Clinic's Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, awarded to Meredith Weisshaar
  • Honorable Mention in The American Lawyer Litigation Department of the Year Competition

2009

  • Jewish Family Service Outstanding Service Award
  • Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Program Recognition
  • Center for Child and Youth Justice Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award
  • Puget Sound Business Journal Corporate Philanthropists List
  • The Executive Council of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees 1872 Award
  • Washington Young Lawyers Division Professionalism Award, awarded to Kate Vaughan
  • American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit, awarded to Harry Schneider
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President's Award, awarded to Sherilyn Peterson
  • Catholic Legal Immigration Network Pro Bono Award
  • Washington Defender Association President's Award, awarded to Marc Boman
  • Oregon American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon Foundation Civil Liberties Award, awarded to Paul Fortino, Tom Johnson and Cody Weston
  • Portland Business Journal Orchid Award, awarded to Sarah Crooks
  • King County Bar Association Volunteer of the Month, awarded to Lisa Schaures

2008

  • Thomas C. Wales Award for Passionate Citizenship, awarded to Harry Schneider
  • Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington President's Award for Service
  • California State Bar Wiley M. Manual Award, awarded to Brian Coleman and Kirupa Pushparaj
  • United States Department of Defense Office of Military Commission Pro Bono Award
  • National Legal Aid and Defender's Association Beacon of Justice Award
  • Idaho State Bar Pro Bono 6.1 Challenge Award
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice President's Commendations, awarded to Kevin Wein and Steve Monde

Prior Years

  • Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, awarded to Breena Roos, 2007
  • King County Bar Association Community Legal Services Newcomers Resource Project Volunteer of the Year, awarded to Will Rava, 2007
  • King County Bar Association Community Legal Services Outstanding Clinic Scheduling Coordinator, awarded to Karen Campbell, 2007
  • September 2007 Volunteer of the Month, awarded to Nick Gellert
  • King County Bar Association Outstanding Lawyer Award, awarded to Harry Schneider, Joe McMillan and Charles Sipos, 2007
  • National Legal Aid and Defender's Association Beacon of Justice Award, 2007, 2007
  • King County Court Appointed Special Advocates Judge Soukup Legal Advocacy Award, 2007
  • Seattle University Law School Dean's Recognition Award, awarded to Ellen Conedera Dial, 2007
  • Idaho State Bar's Pro Bono 6.1 Challenge Award, 2007
  • Arizona Chapter of American Jewish Committee Judge Learned Hand Award, awarded to Paul Eckstein, 2007
  • Oregon Chapter of American Jewish Committee Judge Learned Hand Award, awarded to Tom Johnson, 2007
  • National Law Journal Pro Bono Award, awarded to Harry Schneider, Joe McMillan and Charles Sipos, 2006
  • Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles Public Service Award, 2006
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Civil Libertarian Award, awarded to David Taylor, 2006
  • Washington State Bar Association Award of Merit, awarded to Marc Boman, 2006
  • Idaho Court Appointed Special Advocates Volunteer of the Year, awarded to Christine Salmi, 2006
  • King County Bar Association President's Award, awarded to Joe Bringman, 2006
  • 2006 Corporate Pro Bono Partner Award
  • Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Thomas Neville Pro Bono Award, awarded to Beth Colgan, 2004
  • District of Columbia Bar Association Frederick B. Abramson Award, 2004
  • Washington State Chapter of the America Immigration Lawyers Association Pro Bono Award, 2004
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Amicus Award, 2004
  • The Hate Free Zone of Washington Leadership in Justice in the Law Award, 2004
  • Idaho State Bar Equal Access to Justice Denise O'Donnell-Day Pro Bono Award, awarded to Rick Boardman, 2004
  • Clackamas County Legal Aid Services of Oregon Community Partnership Award, awarded to Erick Haynie, 2004
  • Pro Bono Award from Digital Partners
  • Washington State Bar Association Award of Merit, awarded to David Burman, Nick Gellert and Katie O'Sullivan, 2003
  • King County Bar Association President's Award, awarded to David Burman, Nick Gellert and Katie O'Sullivan, 2003
  • American Bar Association Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Litigation Team Award, awarded to David Burman, Nick Gellert and Katie O'Sullivan, 2003
  • Idaho State Bar Equal Access to Justice Denise O'Donnell-Day Pro Bono Award, awarded to Eric Bjorkman, 2003
  • Washington Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Litigation Award, awarded to Karol Brown, 2003
  • Washington Council on Economic Education's Certificate of Achievement, awarded to Lorri Ann Dunsmore and Robert Giles, 2003
  • King County Bar Association Community Legal Service Program Recognition of Seattle Lawyer James Sanders, 2003
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Founder's Medal, awarded to Robert Mucklestone, 2003
  • Award from Compassion in Dying, 2003
  • King County Bar Association's Pro Bono Firm of the Year Award, 2002
  • King County Court Appointed Special Advocates Program's Judge Soukup Legal Advocacy Award
  • King County Bar Foundation's Champion of Justice Award, awarded to David Burman, Nick Gellert and Katie O'Sullivan, 2002
  • Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts Community Impact Award, 2002
  • King County Bar Association Volunteer of the Month, awarded Susan Foster, Jed Silversmith and Jennifer Bell, 2002

ABA Recognizes Perkins Coie for Exceptional Representation in Death Penalty Cases

The Exceptional Service Award honors the outstanding efforts of volunteer law firms in death penalty cases. Perkins Coie was one of two firms in the nation selected this year for the prestigious award from the ABA.