Pro Bono Partner Views: Lisa Jacobs

Pro Bono Update

Lisa Jacobs (Philadelphia) represents businesses, institutional clients and individual clients in domestic and international transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, complex corporate finance, venture capital transactions, institutional and private equity financings, asset securitizations and private placements and governance issues. She focuses on the sports, entertainment and hospitality industries as well as healthcare-facing entities.

"We are helping small enterprises get off the ground, and we’re making a difference in the lives of those entrepreneurs, the communities they serve, and hopefully, touching something special within us."

Q: What pro bono experience has been most meaningful to you and why?

A: I typically work with nonprofits and other organizations that otherwise would not be able to engage a firm like ours. I most enjoy working with enterprises where I know we can make a big difference. I am currently assisting a fire department with funding and reorganization issues. Helping this organization enables it to continue to help an entire community. It just feels good to be able to give back in a way that has tangible benefits to communities and society.

Q: What skills have you learned from your pro bono work that have been invaluable in your professional development?

A: Working in this segment of society, with people like firefighters, has taught me to appreciate the differences that all people can make in our lives. When I was attending a meeting at the fire house and saw the team spring into action when a fire call came in, I became even more committed to helping them achieve their mission. I also have an unusual opportunity to work with legislators who focus their attention on first-responder groups and their needs. We have an opportunity to shape legislation that provides direct and meaningful benefits to first responders.

Q: How is pro bono important to our firm's culture and values?

A: This firm is all about giving back. The power of example really makes it work here, so kudos to our leadership for living that message. A number of the corporate lawyers in Philadelphia are now engaged in representing brand new business owners in our region, as well as the nonprofits with which I work, who need our help. We are helping small enterprises get off the ground, and we’re making a difference in the lives of those entrepreneurs, the communities they serve, and hopefully, touching something special within us. It is heartwarming.

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