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Pro Bono/Community Service

Hall Estill takes pride in the pro bono work we have performed throughout the years. The cornerstone of our pro bono program today is a partnership with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma and The Williams Companies. Since 2006, we have collaborated to provide pro bono services to individuals who need assistance with end of life planning, bankruptcy, defense of garnishment actions and guardianship disputes. Hall Estill is pleased to say that more than one-third of our employees take part in the program.

Those who participate in the program also assist with the forceable entry and detaining docket at the Tulsa County courthouse, helping low-income clients. Lawyers from both Williams and Hall Estill have assisted on hundreds of cases since the beginning of the partnership.

Further, our patent law attorneys assist qualified individuals through the US Patent and Trademark Office Patent Pro Bono Program. Hall Estill's participation in the program earned the firm a law firm achievement certificate for 2018.

Each year Hall Estill attorneys and paralegals spend more than 1,500 hours on pro bono work. In addition, many Hall Estill attorneys serve on the boards of directors for various non-profit organizations in our communities and within that context provide pro bono services for those entities.

At Hall Estill, we believe that service to others makes our organization stronger. That's why we encourage all of our employees and attorneys to volunteer their time to assist their communities, whether through serving as a volunteer, on a committee or a board of directors.

Likewise, Hall Estill has a very strong philanthropic program. Charitable organizations to which we give our time, talent and resources include:

American Heart Association

American Red Cross

AR Hope

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Oklahoma

Canterbury Choral Society

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity

Child Abuse Network

Committee of 100 – Tulsa

Community Service Council of Tulsa

Community Literacy Centers

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

deadCenter Film Festival

FabLab Tulsa

Fayetteville Economic Development Council

Frontier Hospice, Oklahoma City

Gatesway Foundation

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation 

Gilcrease Museum

Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma

Global Gardens

Goodwill Industries

Green Valley Development 

Indian Nation Council, Boy Scouts of America

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma

Junior League of Tulsa

Komen Race for the Cure

Leadership Oklahoma

Leadership Tulsa

Leave a Legacy Arkansas

Legal Aid Services of Colorado

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma

LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma

Make A Wish Foundation

Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women, City of Tulsa

MAPS 3 Citizen Advisory Board - Oklahoma City

Meals on Wheels

Mental Health Association of Oklahoma

Mervin Bovaird Foundation

NewView Oklahoma

Northeastern Oklahoma Food Bank

Oklahoma Academy for State Goals

Oklahoma City Arts Festival

Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs

Oklahoma Conference for Community Justice (OCCJ)

Oklahoma District for the United States Tennis Association

Oklahoma Heritage Association

Oklahoma Literary Arts Alliance

Oklahoma Quality Award Foundation 


Openarms Youth Project

Operation Aware

Parent Child Center of Tulsa

Philbrook Museum of Art

Pros 4 Vets

Salvation Army

Serving our Servicemembers

Smile for a Lifetime - Northwest Arkansas

Special Olympics - Oklahoma County

The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

The Saint Francis Health System

The Sandia Foundation

Tulsa Area United Way

Tulsa Ballet Theatre

Tulsa Boys Home

Tulsa Cares

Tulsa Charity Flight Night

Tulsa Historical Society

Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries

Tulsa Opera

Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce

United Way of Northwest Arkansas

Up With Trees

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster



Perhaps the single most significant pro bono effort by the firm so far took place in the first months of 2014 when we agreed to bring a declaratory judgment action on behalf of two death row inmates seeking to invalidate 22 O.S. section 1015(B). Section 1015(B) specifically prohibited the State of Oklahoma from disclosing the source of any lethal injection drug or the identity of any person involved in the execution process. European manufacturers of the lethal injection drugs began blocking the supply of their drugs to any prison that was using them in the execution process. Due to this lack of supply, the State of Oklahoma and other states began relying upon compound pharmacies with little to no oversight or regulation. The secrecy kept death row inmates from evaluating whether there was a substantial risk of harm, and thus kept the inmate from bringing an 8th Amendment claim or otherwise having access to the Court. The two lead attorneys from Hall Estill on this case were Susanna M. Gattoni, who left the firm in 2017 to become Associate General Counsel for the University of Oklahoma, and Seth A. Day. For their work on the case,  Gattoni and Day received the Oklahoma County Bar President's Special Award: The Courageous Lawyer. The pair were nominated and selected to win this award, presented by the Oklahoma County Bar Association President District Judge Patricia G. Parrish. The Oklahoma County Bar Association gives this award to a member who has courageously performed in a manner that benefits the highest ideals of their profession.