Pro Bono Partner Views: Jason Goldstein

Pro Bono Update

Jason Goldstein (New York) is experienced in handling complex sports and real estate financing transactions throughout the United States. His work encompasses mortgage and construction lending on behalf of lenders and borrowers, financing of sports stadium and arena projects, and the purchase and sale of commercial properties.

Jason’s pro bono work includes working with associates and partners to advocate in adult guardianship proceedings in collaboration with the New York Legal Assistance Group.

"Part of the reward here has been seeing DLA Piper attorneys help clients who are engaged in a unique struggle."

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

A: Getting these guardians appointed is a way for me to help an underserved community to which I have a personal connection. Part of the reward here has also been putting the attorneys together with the clients. DLA Piper attorneys are exposed to and develop a sensitivity to a life they do not know. This is one of those times where the client is almost nothing like the attorney.

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

A: Participating in the formality of a court proceeding. Transactional lawyers don’t go to court. This has been fulfilling.

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

A: I think we all go to law school with this idea that we’re going to make a difference. The pro bono activities are about truth and justice. It is about helping people use the law. It allows some of this idealism to shine through and have an outlet. Our profession is an important one beyond just making money. It has been neat to see associates come back from hearings and look excited about what they are doing. Exposure to the diverse experiences of these pro bono clients is invaluable.

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