The international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP has announced that partner and Pro Bono Committee member Phoebe A. Wilkinson has been named chair of the committee. Ms. Wilkinson succeeds partner Bernard W. McCarthy, who has retired as a partner.
Ms. Wilkinson has been a member of Chadbourne's Pro Bono Committee since 1996. For several years she served as Chadbourne's solicitor for the Legal Aid Society Associates' Campaign, setting records for contributions in each of the years she ran Chadbourne's internal campaign. Ms. Wilkinson also served as the City-wide chair of the 1999-2000 campaign. Ms. Wilkinson presently serves on the Board of Directors of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc.
Ms. Wilkinson is a partner in Chadbourne's litigation department. She joined Chadbourne as an associate in 1993, upon graduation from law school. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, products liability and class action defense.
Mr. McCarthy has been the pro bono partner of Chadbourne since February 1999. As such, he has devoted a significant portion of his time at the firm to structuring and managing its pro bono practice. He became the chair of the Pro Bono Committee in July 1996 and has served as a member of that committee since the late 1970s.
In keeping with Chadbourne's recent global expansion, the 17-member Pro Bono Committee also recently named two new members - Alexander Kalinov, a counsel in the St. Petersburg office and the office's first representative on the Pro Bono Committee, and Anna Kelina, an associate in the Moscow office.