LOS ANGELES – August 10, 2012 – Paul Workman, the executive partner of Holland & Knight's Los Angeles office, has received the prestigious 2012 "President's Award" from Public Counsel, a not-for-profit law firm consisting of thousands of volunteer attorneys and professionals dedicated to delivering pro bono legal services to low-income communities.
Each year, Public Counsel presents its President’s Award to an outside attorney whose distinguished pro bono efforts on behalf of a Public Counsel client result in an important and difficult-to-achieve outcome. Mr. Workman was recognized for his recent pro bono work with Esperanza Community Housing Corporation (ECHC), a nonprofit organization that provides social, medical, educational and economic services for residents of the Figueroa Corridor of South Central Los Angeles. With 30 years of experience litigating complex business disputes in the state and federal courts in California, he successfully represented ECHC against a disruptive and unscrupulous commercial tenant in its Mercado La Paloma mixed-use development project. ECHC evicted the troublesome tenant through a contentious unlawful detainer proceeding that included a forged lease, computer forensic evidence, trips to bankruptcy and federal court, and finally trial.
“For myself and on behalf of my firm, I'm flattered and honored to receive this recognition," said Mr. Workman. "I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work on causes I feel strongly about, especially with people who are passionate about making a positive impact on the community."
Beyond the courtroom, Mr. Workman is a board member of the Los Angeles City Historical Society and Dolores Mission School, a parish-based elementary school located in the gang-ravaged Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. He is also a director of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
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