Volunteer of the Month – May 2019
Eric Pfeifle is a partner at Holland & Knight.
1. How did you first get involved in pro bono?
I first became involved when I was a young associate and took on a no kids/no property divorce through DVAP after a visit from Chris Reed-Brown to our office. As a baby transactional lawyer, I was nervous to take that case on, but I loved it and it proved to be a great springboard into doing more cases.
2. What types of cases have you accepted?
I’ve been very lucky to handle a diverse set of matters over the years. Everything from divorces to wills to name changes to asylum cases to reviewing bylaws to forming 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations to expunctions for veterans to advocating for minors and many, many more.
3. Why do you do pro bono?
It is our obligation as attorneys to serve our community. There are a lot of folks out there who need help and we are in a position to provide that help. And, selfishly, it is very rewarding! It’s an awesome feeling to be able to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives, and in my experience, your clients will let you know how much you mean to them.
4. What impact has pro bono service had on your career?
I wouldn’t be the lawyer I am today without it. You can learn so much about yourself and about practicing law.
5. What is the most unexpected benefit you have received from doing pro bono?
I’ve made a lot of great friends – both colleagues and clients. It is a great community here in Dallas – truly a model for the rest of the country.