February 27, 2007

John Mandler Receives Benson Award for Pro Bono Service

John P. Mandler, a partner in Faegre & Benson LLP’s litigation practice, was recently named recipient of the 2006 John C. Benson Pro Bono Award. Established in 1994, the Benson Award is presented annually by the firm to an attorney who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the delivery of pro bono legal service.

John was recognized for his long record of pro bono work on behalf of low-income and disadvantaged clients in asylum and housing matters. Combining professional excellence with a deep personal empathy for his clients, John has achieved success as the team leader on many of the firm’s asylum cases involving children and adults seeking refuge from persecution or other hardships in their home countries.

As a leader of Faegre & Benson’s Housing Advocacy Team, he assists clients facing eviction, utility shutoff and other crises, and he regularly volunteers at the Hennepin County Housing Court Project. He is also a member of the firm’s Liberian Truth & Reconciliation Commission pro bono team.

John is a member of the board of directors of Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, and he was recognized by that organization in 1992 for his service in the defense of human rights.

Since joining Faegre & Benson in 1988, John has litigated a wide variety of commercial contract matters and product liability cases. The major focus of his practice is product liability, class action, toxic tort and agribusiness litigation.

A founding member of the American Bar Association Law Firm Pro Bono Project, Faegre & Benson has a long history of serving the legal needs of persons of limited means.  The firm participates in the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge by committing annually to provide pro bono legal representation equivalent to at least 3 percent of its total billable hours, and has met or exceeded the Challenge every year since its inception in 1994.


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