DALLAS, April 21, 2022 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international energy, technology and life sciences law firm, is pleased to announce that David Tobin, a special counsel in the IP Department in Dallas, has been awarded the Managing Partner’s Pro Bono Award. This award is given annually to a Baker Botts lawyer who has provided particularly exemplary pro bono legal service during the previous year. In recognition of the award, the firm will make a $5,000 donation in Tobin’s honor to the legal services organization of his choice.
Since 2019, Tobin has led lawyers in the firm’s work with The Veterans Consortium (“TVC”), the leading national 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing free legal services in federal venues for veterans in need. David has worked on at least 19 cases for TVC, totaling nearly 300 hours, with firm lawyers who have committed more than 3,000 pro bono hours to these matters. Baker Botts’ work with TVC generally involves assisting veterans in appealing denials of compensation for service-related injuries and disabilities.
He assists junior associates in selecting cases and mentors them through the process, including case strategy, discussions with clients, and reviewing work product. While most cases settle at Rule 33 conferences (mediations), several have gone to full briefing. Under Tobin’s leadership, the firm has a 100% success rate in representing these veterans. He takes seriously the importance of mentoring the associates working TVC cases with him, having the associates take first chair in mediation and training them to work a case from start to finish.
To top it off, in successful veterans cases, counsel for the veterans are entitled to an award of fees from the government. Tobin’s leadership has resulted in over $100,000 in legal fees being recovered in 2020 and 2021, all of which have been donated by the firm to The Veterans Consortium.
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