Greenberg Traurig and Loyola Law School Join Forces to Publish The VALOR Guide™ for Veterans, Six Regional Volumes Will Serve the State of California

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Greenberg Traurig attorney and Iraq War Veteran Adam Siegler, in 2009, saw a need for a comprehensive resource guide dedicated to helping his fellow veterans identify the pro bono legal providers in their communities and improving their access to them. Three years later -- thanks to a dedicated team of law students from Loyola Law School and generous support from a number of law firms, agencies and individuals -- six volumes of The Veterans Access to Legal Organizations and Resources (VALOR) Guide™ have been completed and published.

By region, it’s a comprehensive publication that identifies the law firms, clinics and service providers who are equipped and experienced to handle a veteran’s specific issues or needs.

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 12, 2012) – Greenberg Traurig attorney and Iraq War Veteran Adam Siegler, in 2009, saw a need for a comprehensive resource guide dedicated to helping his fellow veterans identify the pro bono legal providers in their communities and improving their access to them. Three years later -- thanks to a dedicated team of law students from Loyola Law School and generous support from a number of law firms, agencies and individuals -- six volumes of The Veterans Access to Legal Organizations and Resources (VALOR) Guide™ have been completed and published.

The VALOR Guide™ gathers all known providers in a particular region that offer pro bono legal services, which veterans may need and have earned through their military service to the United States. Each guide contains a database of legal service providers, organized by practice area, geography and alphabetically. The name “VALOR Guide” was developed by Greenberg Traurig Corporate & Securities attorney Jack McBride, who also assisted with the project and is a member of the 2012-2013 editorial board. More than 600 copies have been produced and distributed in California to date.

“The VALOR Guide’s intended role is one of connectivity, and it was designed to serve as a resource,” said Siegler. “By region, it’s a comprehensive publication that identifies the law firms, clinics and service providers who are equipped and experienced to handle a veteran’s specific issues or needs.”

The first six volumes of The VALOR Guide™ were developed for California and include:

  • The Los Angeles County Edition
  • The Orange County Edition
  • The San Diego and Imperial Counties Edition
  • The San Bernardino and Riverside Counties Edition
  • The Northern California Edition, and
  • The Central California Edition

Siegler has a goal of expanding The VALOR Guide™ beyond California to other major metropolitan areas where there are large populations of veterans. He also plans to work on developing a national online searchable database, which he hopes will be operational in 2013.

“Our sole focus in this project is to honor our veterans,” said Siegler. “We want to make sure that our veterans and other social service agencies have this resource available to them so that there is better coordination among all the providers of these free legal services.”

“I want to thank the many people who have given their support to this project, especially the students of Loyola Law, and to the legal service providers who offer their pro bono services to our veterans every day,” added McBride. “This project would not have been possible without their unwavering commitment and dedication.”

The VALOR Guide™ reflects the joint efforts of Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Loyola Law School, under the leadership of Dean Victor Gold and Professor Barbara Blanco, along with many supporters from the legal community, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Public Counsel’s Center for Veterans Advancement and the Inner City Law Center.

The Guides are available online at http://intranet.lls.edu/docs/ValorGuide.pdf.

Siegler is Of Counsel in the Litigation Department of the Los Angeles office of Greenberg Traurig. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and was deployed to Iraq in 2008 and 2009. He is the author of the “Wounded Warrior Bill of Rights,” and received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Loyola Law School.

McBride is a Shareholder in the Corporate and Securities practice in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He is a founding editorial board member of The VALOR Guide. He has more than 30 years of experience in leading M&A, joint venture and financing deals for a wide range of industries. He received his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

Greenberg Traurig has 200 attorneys practicing in California in the Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento, San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1750 attorneys serving clients from 35 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journal’s 2012 NLJ 250. For additional information, please visit http://www.gtlaw.com.
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