ATLANTA (October 20, 2023) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that New York attorney Victor M. Metsch has received the NYS Courts Office for Justice Initiatives’ Access to Justice Pro Bono Award for his outstanding work and dedicated service in the Civil Court Volunteer Lawyer Project. Mr. Metsch was presented with his award during a ceremony on October 19 held in celebration of National Pro Bono Week.
As a member of SGR’s Litigation Department, Victor Metsch focuses primarily in the area of commercial dispute resolution, which includes arbitration, mediation, appeals work, and litigation in the Federal, State and Surrogate’s Courts. He has developed extensive experience in the areas of banking, title work, brokerage, construction, architecture, and engineering as they apply to the purchase, sale, financing, design, development, construction, renovation, and leasing of commercial and residential real estate properties. Mr. Metsch also practices in the area of employment law and litigation where representations include both employers and employees.
Mr. Metsch devotes much of his time to pro bono service, and he has been an active member of the New York City Bar Association and its City Bar Justice Center (CBJC), the City Bar’s nonprofit affiliate which furthers access to justice by addressing unmet civil legal needs of New Yorkers struggling with poverty and systemic socioeconomic barriers. In 2021, he received the CBJC Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award recognized as the most outstanding volunteer with the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project.
About NYS Courts Office for Justice Initiatives’ Access to Justice
NYS Courts Office for Justice Initiatives’ Access to Justice’s mission is to ensure access to justice in all NY State Courts for people of all backgrounds, incomes, and abilities, by using every resource, including pro bono programs, self-help services, and technological tools, and by securing stable and adequate non-profit and government funding for civil and criminal legal services programs. For more information, please visit www.nycourts.gov/ip/nya2j.
About Smith Gambrell Russell
SGR is a full-service, international law firm that advises regional, national and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The Firm’s nearly 400 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 50 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, real estate, insurance/reinsurance, construction, employment law, international, and employee benefits and executive compensation. Founded in 1893, SGR has 14 domestic and international offices, including Atlanta; Austin; Charlotte; Chicago; Jacksonville, FL; London; Los Angeles; Miami; Munich; New York; Southampton; Springfield, IL; Tampa, FL; and Washington, D.C.