Chris Lightner, senior associate in Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Group, has been honored as the recipient of the Atlanta Bar Association’s 2015 Pro Bono Award.
Lightner was recognized for his leadership in helping develop and launch Georgia PATENTS (Pro bono Assistance & Training for Entrepreneurs and New, Talented, Solo inventors). In February of this year, Alston & Bird partnered with Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to launch the program, which seeks to connect low-income inventors with pro bono patent lawyers. Lightner represented the program’s first client and has made a noteworthy impact on the program’s success over the course of the year.
The Atlanta Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to indigent individuals or non-profit organizations through pro bono legal services on matters or projects adopted, created or sponsored by or through the Atlanta Bar Association or one of its sections.