Pro Bono


At Merchant & Gould we possess the skills that empower us to make a difference in the communities in which we live and serve. The need for legal representation for individuals of limited means and public interest organizations is greater than ever. The commitment to pro bono services at M&G is part of our values, principles, and of course our history. It makes us who we are and makes us better people.

Our attorneys, patent agents, technical advisors, paralegals and staff provide pro bono legal services in both the intellectual property field and in other legal areas for diverse groups such as consumers, veterans, children, arts organizations, and immigrants. Merchant & Gould sponsors scholarships through pro bono service organizations such as the Minnesota Justice Foundation, while many of our attorneys serve on boards and committees of community and legal organizations.


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Merchant & Gould Congratulates Sheila Niaz as the Firm’s Pro Bono Award Winner
Merchant & Gould’s Pro Bono Committee announced the firm’s 2021 Pro Bono Awards to attorneys who have dedicated their time to helping their communities through pro bono legal services and their deep commitment. A special congratulations ...
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Merchant & Gould Receives Distinguished Service Award from Children’s Law Center of Minnesota
Merchant & Gould was honored by the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota (CLC) with the Distinguished Service Award at its 26th Anniversary Virtual Benefit on Oct. 7.The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to one law firm or corporation ...
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Merchant & Gould Partner Receives Hennepin County Bar Association 2020 Excellence Award
Merchant & Gould is proud to announce that partner Rachel C. Hughey has been honored by the Hennepin County Bar Association, the largest of Minnesota’s local bar associations, receiving its 2020 HCBA Excellence Award.  The awards honor members ...
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Merchant & Gould Partner Selected for 2020 Minnesota Young American Leaders Program
Merchant & Gould is proud to announce that partner Rachel C. Hughey was selected to join the 2020 Young American Leaders Program based on her professional successes and extensive civic engagement.  Rachel joins the Twin Cities Cohort, which is made ...
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Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis Team Wins Pro Bono Case, Protecting Minnesota Rivers from Phosphorus Pollution
Congratulations to Merchant & Gould’s pro bono team -- Paige Stradley, attorney; Michael Erbele, attorney; Kristin Drieman, litigation paralegal; and Anne-Marie Larkin, legal assistant -- for their work around environmental issues and pollution.  ...
Merchant & Gould Congratulates Three 2018 Pro Bono Award Winners
Merchant & Gould’s Pro Bono Committee is delighted to announce the 2018 Pro Bono Award winners. This year, we have chosen to recognize three different individuals from our Minneapolis and Denver offices for their dedication and commitment to providing ...
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Merchant & Gould Team Receives Minnesota Lawyer's Attorneys of the Year Award
Merchant & Gould is proud to announce that a team their attorneys received an award for Attorneys of the Year - Groups from Minnesota Lawyer for 2017 in the category of performing significant public services. The team volunteered many pro bono hours to ...
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Merchant & Gould Presents 2017 Pro Bono Award to Asylum Team
Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual Pro Bono Achievement Award: a Merchant & Gould team of attorneys and assistants who handled a volunteer pro bono case from the Advocates ...
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Rachel Hughey Named "40 Under 40" Honoree by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that partner Rachel Clark Hughey has been chosen as a "40 Under 40" winner for 2016 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.This award, given each year to 40 individuals in the Twin Cities area under ...
VLN Housing Court Training CLE
VLN Housing Court Training  Join us for a luncheon presentation on pro bono opportunities with the Housing Court.Presenter Chris Hanrahan of Volunteer Lawyers Network will speak on common legal issues in the housing field, will educate ...
Pro Bono Patent Program a Boost for 'Garage Inventors'
Doing Well By Doing Good: Pro Bono Representation
Click here to read Brent Routman's article in the June 2012 issue of Minnesota Monthly.
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Merchant & Gould supports Tee It Up For The Troops
Merchant & Gould would like to extend our wishes and prayers to the men & women who serve our country and their families. Merchant & Gould strongly upholds the value of supporting the communities that we serve and the country for which we are so ...