Mattos Filho 100% Pro Bono

Mattos Filho 100% Pro Bono

Mattos Filho believes that giving back to society should be a fundamental goal for any organization. For this reason, we have been leading Brazil in pro bono legal work for 23 years, seeking to contribute to democratizing access to justice and the defense of human rights. 

Our Mattos Filho 100% Pro bono practice area is formed by a team of lawyers and interns who dedicated their efforts exclusively to providing free legal service for cases concerning human rights and the public interest. The practice serves people of many different profiles in socially vulnerable situations, along with non-profit entities that cannot afford legal services and leading human rights research and advocacy organizations.

"When we provide pro bono support in constituting a community-based group or a collective movement, we help them make their voice heard and protect the rights of socially vulnerable groups, which is fundamental for increasing access to justice in Brazil."

Flavia Regina Oliveira, partner

Our work

We have organized the Mattos Filho 100% Pro bono practice to act on three main fronts – promoting and defending human rights, strengthening civil society organizations and civic responsibility, and improving public policies. We support strategic litigation and advocacy, also conducting research on behalf of Brazilian and international organizations for leading cases with repercussions in Brazil and abroad.

Our efforts are directed toward offering outstanding legal assistance free of charge to individuals in socially and economically vulnerable situations, focusing on the rights of women, the LGBTIAP+ population, refugees and migrants, as well as in the areas of criminal justice and racial rights. 

We seek to draw a greater focus toward the social role of law and legal practice, training professionals committed to social justice in order to see the benefits of our pro bono efforts multiply throughout society.

Pro bono in numbers

+20

thousands pro bono hours in 2021

+290

clients served

+380

volunteer professionals and 10 professionals exclusively providing pro bono services

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Social report

Wish to know more about how we make a positive impact on society? Learn more about our pioneering pro bono work, which for over 20 years has strived to ensure justice is available to everyone in Brazil.

To learn about our other efforts in favor of civic responsibility, the environment and human rights in more detail, see our complete 2019=2020 Social Report.

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Awards and recognitions

Latin Lawyer 250 – highlighted out for the ninth consecutive year as one of the fi rms most engaged in pro bono work (2013 – 2021);

International Tax Review – Americas Tax Pro Bono Firm of the Year (2016);

Latin Lawyer Pro Bono Survey – Leading Light in the practice of free legal services (2012 – 2021);

Lumen- Good management practices, social responsibility efforts and pro bono initiatives among law firms (2019 – 2021);

TrustLaw – One of Brazil’s highlights in the Thomson Reuters TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono (2014 – 2016; 2019);

Who’s Who Legal- the only Brazilian law fi rm to be recognized as Highly Recommended for its pro bono work (2018).

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