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Greenberg Traurig’s Gregory Ostfeld Awarded for Excellence in Pro Bono Service

Chicago September 21, 2021Gregory E. Ostfeld, Vice Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Pharmaceutical Medical Device & Health Care Litigation Practice and Co-Chair of the Chicago Litigation Practice, received an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Ostfeld was nominated by Judge Johnston for his work on a prisoner civil rights case, Wesley Johnson v. Tracie Newton, et al., Case No. 15 CV 50294. The plaintiff was convicted of violation of the Illinois Sex Offender Registry law, and served time for the violation, even though he had never committed an offense requiring him to register as a sex offender. Ostfeld was able to negotiate a financial settlement for the plaintiff and an agreed order declaring that he has not committed any offenses requiring him to register with the Illinois Sex Offender Registry. Judge Johnston presented Ostfeld with the award at a socially distanced, private ceremony on September 9 at the Dirksen Federal Building.

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: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2300 attorneys in 40 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. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certified. Web: