Gordon Thomas Honeywell generously supports the ideal and the practice of equal access to justice. In 2007 and 2009, the Firm received the Law Firm Pro Bono Award from the Tacoma–Pierce County Bar Association. The award honors a single Tacoma–Pierce County firm for providing free legal services to those in need. We were honored to be recognized for our support of the bar's Neighborhood Legal Clinic, our ongoing support of the Arts for Justice Banquet, and other bar events, as well as, our overall involvement in the community.
Gordon Thomas Honeywell fully endorses the pro bono policies of the Washington State Bar Association and we have donated numerous pro bono hours to disadvantaged individuals and organizations that cannot afford legal counsel. The Firm encourages our attorneys to devote time to pro bono activities and provides billable hour credit for pro bono work.
Gordon Thomas Honeywell was a major sponsor of Volunteer Legal Service's first annual fundraiser dinner/auction, has regularly staffed legal clinics, and has provided free legal service to many in need who could not otherwise afford legal help.
The Firm also provides several local organizations and groups with pro bono legal services, including veterans at the American Lake Veterans Hospital, the Tacoma Schools Foundation, the Citizens Corp Committee of Pierce County, and a non-profit theater company in Seattle.
Representative Pro Bono Work
- Gordon Thomas Honeywell Attorneys Andre Penalver and James Beck Help Immigrant Escape Persecution in Pro Bono Case. Our client was born in 1984 into the small Garre clan in southern Somalia. Throughout his life, his tribe has been at the mercy of the larger Marehan clan, and later, Al-Shabaab, an Islamist militia that seeks to impose Sharia law on Somalia. In 2007, Al-Shabaab fighters came to our client’s village to recruit young men to fight in their war against Ethiopia. Our client refused. For this, he was abducted, tortured, and nearly killed. After escaping, he left Somalia for Kenya, and from there, he traveled to the United States where he claimed asylum based on a well-founded fear of persecution. On February 9, 2011, our client prevailed in the Immigration Court in Tacoma. He now resides legally in the United States.
- Gordon Thomas Honeywell trial lawyers successfully defended a Lakewood woman in a case brought under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Court ruled to allow the child to remain with his mother and sister in the United States and the Judge praised Gordon Thomas Honeywell for our commitment to justice, and commended our lawyers for their case presentation under such difficult circumstances.
- In a case in Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington, as an ACLU cooperating firm, our lawyers were part of the lead counsel team representing current and future inmates in Pierce County jail in class action lawsuit involving jail conditions. When settlement was reached with Pierce County, our lawyers monitored the jail conditions.
- In a Pierce County, WA matter, Gordon Thomas Honeywell lawyers represented two families defrauded by landlord who had been engaged in long-term systematic practice of keeping deposits of potential tenants but not renting to them. Both families lost deposits of under $1,000. Our lawyers obtained judgment against the landlord of $105,000 and ultimately prevented landlord from engaging in future rental of housing units.
- In the a matter before the Washington Court of Appeals, Gordon Thomas Honeywell lawyers filed amicus brief on behalf of Committee for Indigent Representation and Civil Legal Equality (“CIRCLE”) urging court to find that Washington constitution requires appointed counsel in civil cases where the assistance of counsel is needed to ensure the validity of the judicial process.
- In a Pierce County, WA matter, as an ACLU cooperating firm, our lawyers represented an individual in a first amendment case involving nativity scene displayed at Western State Hospital – and prevailed at the trial court level.