Nicole Friant serves as Duane Morris' Pro Bono Counsel and chairs the firm's Pro Bono Committee. Ms. Friant oversees Duane Morris' firm-wide Pro Bono Program. She supervises and coordinates the firm's delivery of pro bono legal services, including outreach to bar associations, public interest organizations, and business entities. Ms. Friant also works to enhance involvement by firm personnel and provide training for new attorneys and summer associates.
In addition to leading the firm's Pro Bono Program, Ms. Friant maintains a substantive practice in public interest law, focusing much of her work on child advocacy. Ms. Friant also serves on the firm's Diversity & Inclusion and Recruitment and Retention committees.
A former attorney in Duane Morris' Environmental Law Practice Group, in 2005 Ms. Friant briefly served as an environmental consultant at the Green Restaurant Association, a non-profit organization. Prior to becoming the firm's first Pro Bono Counsel, Ms. Friant served on the firm's Pro Bono Task Force and Committee, and was chair of the Duane Morris Child Advocacy Practice Group.
Ms. Friant currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors and is a volunteer for the Support Center for Child Advocates. In 2009, she was recognized by the organization as a Distinguished Advocate.
Admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, she is a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel and the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia bar associations.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Pro Bono Counsel, 2005-present
- Associate, 2001-2005
•McCarter & English, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Associate, 1999-2001
•Superior Court of New Jersey Chancery Division, Atlantic County
- Judicial Clerk, Honorable L. Anthony Gibson, 1998-1999
Honors & Awards
•Support Center for Child Advocates Distinguished Advocate Award 2009
•First Judicial District of Philadelphia Pro Bono Roll of Honor, Inception - Present
Civic and Charitable Activities
•Board Member and Volunteer, Support Center for Child Advocates
- Volunteer Attorney, 1999 - Present
- Board Member, 2009 - Present
- Chair, Volunteer Committee, 2010 - Present
- Secretary, Board of Directors, 2013 - Present
•Volunteer, Philadelphia Reads
•Volunteer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Eastern Pennsylvania
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Co-Presenter, “Ethics of Corporate Pro Bono,” Delaware Valley Association of Corporate Counsel, Philadelphia, December 2010
•Co-Presenter, Working with Pro Bono Volunteers, ABA Equal Justice Conference, Las Vegas, May 2011
•Co-Presenter, “Best Practices for Pro Bono Partnerships,” Orlando, May 2009