The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has named Alston & Bird associate Lance Soderstrom a 2014 Outstanding Pro Bono Honoree.
A member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, Soderstrom was honored by NYLAG at its 2014 Summer Pro Bono Celebration, which celebrates the contributions of the agency’s pro bono partners and recognizes the outstanding achievements of law firms and attorneys who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to partnering with NYLAG to provide legal assistance to low-income and vulnerable New Yorkers.
Soderstrom was singled out for his help in preserving safe and affordable housing for “Debra,” a 59-year-old client of NYLAG’s LegalHealth Division, who was suffering from chronic liver and kidney disease.
Soderstrom represented Debra in a challenging Housing Court case, taking on the burden of proving that she was a “non-traditional family member” to the leaseholder. He negotiated a settlement after a year of litigation and made it possible for his client to live happily in a different unit in the same building, paying rent she can afford on her fixed income.