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Pro Bono & Community Service
The attorneys of Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis Ltd. are serious in their commitment to give back – to both the profession and the communities in which we live and work.  Each month, on the last Friday of the month, attorneys and staff are encouraged to participate in the firm’s “Jeans Day for Charity”.  Any attorney or staff member who pays $10 to the month’s designated charity is allowed to wear jeans to work for the day.  To date, this program has raised more than $5,000 for a wide variety of charities, including:
 
  • AdoptaBull English Bulldog Rescue
  • Animal Education & Rescue
  • The Alzheimer’s Association
  • The American Heart Association
  • The American Cancer Society
  • Breakthrough Ministries Homeless Intervention Program
  • Chicago Children's Charities
  • Children's Cancer Research Fund
  • Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Erika’s Lighthouse
  • Family Focus
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • The Heather Abbott Foundation
  • Make A Wish Foundation
  • Michael S. DeLarco Foundation
  • Mulliganeers
  • The National Kidney Foundation
  • Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
  • Operation Gratitude
  • PAWS
  • Pedal the Cause
  • Red Nose Day
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • St. Jude's 
  • Susan G. Komen
  • The V Foundation for Cancer Research
  • Tree House Humane Society 
  • Waifs & Strays Animal Shelter
  • War Dogs Making it Home

In January of 2016, the firm employees committed to spending one evening cooking and serving dinner at the local Ronald McDonald House. The firm paid for the cost of all the food and every attorney and every staff member at the firm spent several house preparing chili, salads, corn bread and a variety of desserts for the patients and their families to share.  The attorneys and staff served the guests dinner and spent time with them after the meal was served.  

The firm continues its financial support of Erika’s Lighthouse, an organization dedicated to educating students and parents about teen suicide and suicide prevention and the Michael S. DeLarco Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting various children’s charities and the improvement of railroad safety.

A partial list of other community involvement includes:

Raymond Lyons:
 
  • Vice-chairperson for District 118 Education Foundation, Palos Park, IL
  • Chairperson for Finance Committee for Our Lady of the Woods Parish, Orland Park, IL

Edward J. Murphy:

Lector at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church; Member of Finance Committee

Financial Support:
  • Erika's Lighthouse
  • Brother Rice High School
  • Equal Justice America
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Christian Foundation for Children & Aging

Bradley C. Nahrstadt:
 
  • Monmouth College Board of Trustees
  • University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Board
  • University of Illinois College of Law Mentor
  • Temple Chai Nominating Committee
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon District Governor
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon Board of Governors

Financial support:
 
  • Monmouth College 
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon 
  • Temple Chai 
  • American Cancer Society
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
  • ASPCA
  • Adoptabull English Bulldog Rescue
  • Lawyers Lend-A-Hand
  • Bradley C. Nahrstadt Leadership Fund

Thomas J. Pontikis:
 
  • Counsel, Michael J. DeLarco Foundation

James H. Whalen:
 
  • Pro bono counsel for plaintiff in a federal employment discrimination case
  • Community mentor for at-risk youth

Jordan Tank:
 
  • Board of Directors of Legal Prep Charter Academy (a free, open enrollment high school in Chicago’s West Side that provides a legal themed college-preparatory education to underprivileged students)
  • Prepares wills, living wills, and powers of attorney for first responders through the Wills For Heroes Foundation

Starr Rayford:
 
  • Seventh Circuit Pro Bono volunteer

Elizabeth S. Abraham:
 
  • DePaul University College of Law Litigation Lab volunteer

Financial support:
 
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Alison M. Finn:
 
  • DuPage Family Shelter Services volunteer
  • American Red Cross blood donor

Financial support:
 
  • Knights of Columbus
  • War Dogs Making it Home

Bernadett R. Guy:
 
  • Orphans of the Storm volunteer

Thomas B. Cooper:
 
  • Clarendon Hills Library Caucus Nominating Committee Chair
  • Chicago International Charter School Career Day speaker