In The News

Pro Bono Efforts Assist Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

Practices: Private Client

Following the Boston Marathon bombings a year ago, Ropes & Gray attorneys and staff members have volunteered their time, knowledge and energy to assist victims and their families in a variety of ways. Attorneys in the tax and private client groups, for example, used their experience with gift planning, charitable donations and income tax considerations to help victims’ families struggling in the aftermath of the bombings. Firm attorneys also helped prepare a checklist of relevant legal issues for individual victims for the Boston Bar Association and victim rights groups. Throughout the months following the bombings, Ropes & Gray’s pro bono team coordinated efforts with other law firms and charitable organizations providing assistance.

In particular, Ropes & Gray’s efforts included preparing One Fund Boston claims, researching and analyzing tax implications of One Fund awards, and helping families with financial planning and investment management in connection with anticipated One Fund awards.

Ropes & Gray e-discovery counsel Shannon Kirk, has written about her experience assisting a bombing victim for the spring 2014 issue of the Boston Bar Journal.

Ropes & Gray is also proud to support the Boston Strong Marathon Daffodils charity, for which hundreds of volunteers have planted over 100,000 daffodils along the route of the Boston Marathon, to be run on April 21.

Ropes & Gray Chief Operating Officer Hugh Simons discusses running in this year’s marathon in the Boston Business Journal.

Jennifer Rikoski, an associate in Ropes & Gray’s Boston office, shares her thoughts about running the marathon this year in The Boston Globe.

Read more about Ropes & Gray’s pro bono initiatives in the April 2014 edition of Pro Bono News