The Second Annual Common Good Awards

These local businesses inspire philanthropy in their employees.

Barton Gilman LLP

Common GoodIn some special circumstances, you can do your job and do what’s right at the same time. Barton Gilman, a multi-service law firm with offices in Providence and Boston, harnesses the skills of its lawyers for good through pro bono partnerships with nonprofits in Rhode Island. Our panel of judges deemed Barton Gilman’s commitment to philanthropy “impressive” and lauded the firm for providing priceless legal help to people in need.

The most noteworthy effort offers free guardianship counsel to low-income families with children who have severe developmental disabilities and are nearing age eighteen. Twenty-eight Barton Gilman lawyers have volunteered with the program, a partnership between Bradley Hospital’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and the Pro Bono Collaborative out of Roger Williams University’s School of Law.

The firm has also donated pro bono services to the Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership, the Victim Rights Law Center, LeadingAge RI, Sargent Rehabilitation Center’s Regional Resource Center and other local organizations. This charitable ethos spills over into the lawyers’ spare time, as well. Many Barton Gilman staffers sit on boards ranging from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

And the charitable buck doesn’t stop there. In addition to the gift of time, the firm also donates up to $1,000 per lawyer to the nonprofit organization of his or her choice. While Barton Gilman’s dedication to charity is rare, our judges remarked how the company’s philanthropic programs are “under the radar,” too. Big-hearted and modest — we like that in a lawyer.

Winner, small category: 10–49 employees
What the company does: Barton Gilman is a multi-service law firm founded in 1995.
Where it’s located: Providence and Boston, bglaw.com

Fun Facts

  • Barton Gilman donates up to $1,000 per lawyer to the charity of their choice.
  • In 2008, Barton Gilman joined the Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC), a partnership with Bradley Hospital to provide legal services to low-income families with developmentally disabled children.
  • Since then, twenty-eight Barton Gilman lawyers have volunteered with the PBC.
  • Barton Gilman lawyers have devoted nearly 1,000 hours to the PBC.
  • Through the PBC, Barton Gilman has helped fifty low-income families who need legal advice.