Public Interest Law Group, PLLC, was founded in 2003 by attorney Gwynne Skinner as a firm where public-interest-oriented lawyers could do work benefiting society, a firm where lawyers would choose cases and clients based on more than just the potential for profit.
Today, PILG attorneys conduct public interest litigation to promote the well being of groups in our community and beyond. We partner with nonprofit community organizations to help them accomplish their missions and serve their constituents. We represent clients seeking fair and lawful treatment from their employers and from the government. We help employees to recover unpaid wages. And we advocate for individuals and groups challenging discrimination based on religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, and disability.
PILG often provides legal services on a contingency or sliding-fee basis. We take cases that will bring about change, as well as cases other law firms might not take because the financial damages are not large enough to make it worth their while. We do not rely on government grants or private fundraising; instead, we use revenue from fee-generating cases to fund our pro bono and public interest work. PILG's members have self-imposed income restrictions, meaning that a portion of profits above a certain level are redirected to support not only PILG's public interest work, but also the public interest work of other groups in our community.
For a description of PILG's practice areas, as well as examples of representative cases, click here.