Since its founding in 1953, Gordon Feinblatt has made a commitment to supporting the people of Maryland.
Eugene Feinblatt, co-founder of the firm, was a great contributor to the development of the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore. Continuing this tradition, Gordon Feinblatt is committed to supporting the community in which we live and work.
Each year, we send holiday greetings to our clients and colleagues. In recognition of the spirit of the season, the Community Engagement Committee selects a local non-profit to receive a donation from the Firm.
Previous recipients include:
Our lawyers provide pro bono legal counsel to individuals and organizations of limited financial means. We work closely with a number of organizations, including the Public Justice Center, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, The Community Law Center, The Legal Aid Bureau, The Women’s Law Center, and Advocates for Children and Youth. The firm accepts hundreds of pro bono cases annually, representing more than 1,300 hours of pro bono time.
In addition, our attorneys and professionals volunteer their time and talent and participate on the boards of directors and committees of more than 100 nonprofits, donating thousands of hours each year serving in these capacities. Among these nonprofits are:
We recognized that the pandemic acerbated existing needs and that we needed to be good neighbors more than ever. From this, we developed our annual signature project.
In 2021, we raised money through our internal “Drinks for Digital” campaign, where colleagues not only sold unique firm inspired cocktails, but delivered them to our colleagues all over the area while we continued to work from home. The funds raised from this project went to purchase gift cards for every staff member at Baltimore City Public School’s Digital Harbor High School, to thank them for their continued efforts to support students through the challenges of an unprecedented year.
In 2022, we focused on the “Outdoor Classroom Project” at Benjamin Franklin High School, also in Baltimore City. For this project, we sold our colleague Lauren Lake’s famous waffle’s out of our café space, Gopher Grinds, and raffled off some fabulous prizes, like a pizza party, tickets to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the chance to throw a pie at Todd Chason, our managing member in front of the whole firm. After the funds were raised, we spent two days at Ben Franklin preparing the space for students, including gardening, removing trash, and assembling picnic tables and sheds.
The Firm's physical transition from Redwood Street to Fleet Street served as the perfect catalyst for the Firm to begin formally evaluating and minimizing our environmental impact.
Soon after, the Firm joined the Law Firm Sustainability Network, a non-profit that facilitates a collaborative network of members of the legal industry to promote sustainable practices. For the first time, the Firm completed the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standards (ALISS) self-assessment. This program helps the Firm gauge our progress on implementing environmentally friendly practices from recycling to energy conservation.
You can see the impact of these efforts in our new space. Gopher Grinds, our café area, features a full composting program facilitated by Compost Crew. While we attempt to minimize single use products, when possible, all of our utensils, plates, and of course, coffee cups, are compostable through this program. We also utilize water refill stations throughout the firm, both to encourage wellness and reusable water bottles.
In addition to our internal efforts, the firm is a leader in climate related legal work. As companies adapt to changing requirements and consider their own impact, the lawyers at Gordon Feinblatt are at the forefront of this space and are ready to assist.