Legal Investigators Announce Pro Bono Initiative: Program will make investigative services available in support of law firm pro bono cases
NTI Santoni, a leading legal investigation services company, has announced the creation of a pro bono program which will provide professional investigative services to law firms in support of pro bono cases.
“Attorneys providing pro bono services are upholding the best tenets of legal responsibility and ethics,” said NTI Santoni vice president Tim Santoni. “Pro bono supports communities, defends freedoms and extends equity to the marginalized. We are proud to be able, through our investigative work, to provide a measure of support to these matters.”
The pro bono investigative hours will be provided through NTI Santoni investigation firms Santoni Investigations (www.santoni-investigations.com) and National Trademark Investigations (www.nationaltrademarkinvestigations.com) in areas of law including consumer law, family law, intellectual property law and insurance law. The program creates a pool of investigative hours which will be allocated by a committee on a first-come, first-served basis to law firms pursuing pro bono matters. The committee is comprised of Mr. Santoni and Scott Rutherford, the firm’s director of strategy and development.
“We have taken guidance in creating our pro bono program from the model law firm pro bono policy of the American Bar Association,” said Mr. Rutherford. “As we support the mission of law firm pro bono projects, it seemed appropriate to mirror established goals and best practices, including that our pro bono work will meet the same high standards of professionalism and service as any other case, and will be provided toward legal services in cases seeking to protect or defend civil rights, civil liberties or public rights, especially in those cases where payment of fees would be impossible or would be an undue hardship.”
“The importance of providing pro bono legal services to those in need cannot be emphasized enough,” said Jeffrey Kobulnick, an intellectual property attorney with law firm Foley & Lardner LLP in Los Angeles and member of the firm’s National Pro Bono Committee. “Without pro bono assistance, these clients would otherwise not be able to afford counsel. Likewise, it will be a great benefit to have investigative services as a resource when handling pro bono cases, as those services are quite valuable and help keep the playing field even. I applaud NTI Santoni’s efforts.”
“Our investigators have extensive experience as finders of fact in a wide range of legal matters,” said Mr. Santoni. “Our firm looks forward to the opportunity to assist attorneys who are pursuing justice on behalf of their pro bono clients, and by so doing are providing diligent representation where it is most acutely needed.”
About NTI Santoni
NTI Santoni, Inc. (www.ntisantoni.com) is a licensed private investigation firm (California PI # 12689). The company, through its specialized legal investigation brands Santoni Investigations (www.santoni-investigations.com) and National Trademark Investigations (www.nationaltrademarkinvestigations.com), provides services in the areas of intellectual property, consumer law, insurance and claims. The firm is also active in addressing the problem of counterfeit goods through its “Is It Fake?” project (www.isitfake.org). NTI Santoni has offices in Los Angeles and Orange County, California, and provides services to clients nationwide. They may be reached by phone at (800) 498-1097.
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