Hogan Lovells has announced that the Daily Business Review has presented the firm with its Most Effective Lawyer Award in the Pro Bono category.
At its annual luncheon in Miami, lawyers were recognised for their contributions toward improving the state of indigent defence in Florida by representing the Public Defender pro bono for five years in excessive workload litigation.
Since 2008, lawyers from the Miami office have represented the Public Defender of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida in his effort to obtain relief from excessive caseloads. The caseloads — which on average were 500 non-capital felony cases per attorney per year — impaired PD-11’s ability to meet the state’s obligation to provide its indigent clients with effective assistance of counsel, as required by the US and Florida constitutions, and to provide competent, diligent and conflict-free representation, as required by the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct.
After dedicating more than 3,600 hours to the project, the Hogan Lovells team prevailed before the Supreme Court of Florida.