Skip to main content

Greenberg Traurig Represents Iraqi Refugee in Successful Pro Bono Case

DENVER – Feb. 21, 2020 – Lindsay N. Aherne and Heath J. Briggs of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP provided successful pro bono legal representation to an Iraqi man who was persecuted for his sexual orientation and sought refugee status in the United States. Aherne and Briggs worked for three years in coordination with the non-profit International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) to help the individual escape persecution and apply for relief.  

Greenberg Traurig’s work included obtaining evidence of the man’s persecution and helping him navigate a pathway to the United States through legal counsel and advocacy. The individual is now safely in the United States.  

“We are delighted to finally see our client achieve his goal of exiting Iraq in hopes of a better life,” said Aherne. “As attorneys, it is extremely rewarding to be able to use our skills and experience to make a meaningful impact on a person’s life.”  

Aherne, an associate in Greenberg Traurig’s Denver office, is a litigation attorney who focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and appeals. She has experience in a broad range of litigation relating to contracts, individual and business torts, banking and financial services regulations, employment law, trade secrets, real estate and construction disputes, oil and gas litigation, consumer protection act claims, foreclosure, and in automotive, railroad and health care industry matters. Aherne also appears regularly in administrative proceedings.

Briggs, a shareholder in the firm’s Denver office, is a chemical engineer, a registered patent attorney, and has more than 15 years of patent prosecution experience. Briggs has deep patent prosecution experience in the chemical area, especially in the areas of material science (e.g., metallurgy) and organic chemistry. He represents several Fortune 500 companies in this area, managing their worldwide patent portfolios. He also has multidisciplinary experience in the software and internet fields.

In addition to its work through IRAP, Greenberg Traurig represents vulnerable refugees around the world as part of its award-winning pro bono program.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Pro Bono Program:
Greenberg Traurig lawyers across the firm’s offices provide pro bono legal services to the indigent and working poor, as well as to numerous civic and charitable organizations dedicated to assisting them. The firm focuses its resources on specialized and interrelated issues including civil rights and affirmative action, anti-human trafficking, family law matters, children’s rights, criminal appeals, immigration and political asylum, housing, and homelessness. 

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2200 attorneys in 41 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.