Making Our World a Little Bit Better

At Harter Secrest & Emery, we have a long history of helping those in need, and we are looking for attorneys who are interested in continuing that tradition. We believe in taking an active role in shaping the future of the legal profession and our communities.

Pro Bono Efforts

We consider it our professional responsibility to assist those who do not have the ability to pay for legal services but whose needs are great. We have a formal pro bono policy that encourages our attorneys to undertake at least 25 hours of pro bono representation each year, and we treat this time as billable. Many of our attorneys participate in the Volunteer Legal Services Project and the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc., while others accept pro bono assignments from the federal courts. Because of the outstanding commitment shown by our attorneys, we have been widely recognized by clients and legal service providers for helping to improve the lives of those around us.

Community Service

Community involvement is woven deeply into the fabric of our firm. Currently, our areas of focus are education, the arts, and the empowerment of families and individuals to secure safe housing and job skills. The firm supports a wide variety of charitable organizations through volunteer service, fundraising, and ongoing legal counsel. We have many attorneys who hold leadership positions in national, state, and local bar associations, and our attorneys are active in many civic, community, cultural, professional, and public benefit organizations. It is important to us that we regularly contribute to the cultural vitality of the cities in which we practice.


This website presents only general information not intended as legal advice. Although we encourage calls, letters and emails from prospective clients, please keep in mind that merely contacting Harter Secrest & Emery LLP (HSE) does not establish an attorney-client relationship between us. Confidential information should not be sent to HSE until you have been notified in writing by HSE that a formal attorney-client relationship has been established. Information sent to us before then may not be treated as confidential by HSE or the court.

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