Jon Harmon discussed the launch of the firm’s Veteran Lawyers Network and its pro bono
representation of veterans in the fall edition of
Diversity & The Bar, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s quarterly magazine.
“I can’t think of a group more deserving than those who’ve put their lives
on the line in armed service, preserving, protecting and defending our
Constitution and the liberties all Americans are guaranteed,” said Harmon,
a West Point graduate who served as a first lieutenant in the Army’s 1st
Cavalry Division during Operation Desert Storm.
The Veteran Lawyers Network is comprised of McGuireWoods lawyers who are
“dedicated to identifying new ways to enhance or expand support for
veterans both inside and outside the firm, while ensuring that McGuireWoods
continues to leverage the expertise of our veteran lawyers in service of
our clients,” Harmon said.
The article, “The Long Way Back: The Veteran Transition From Military to
Corporate Life,” detailed pro bono partnerships between McGuireWoods and
clients to assist veterans with various legal matters. The story also
documented the efforts of Norfolk, Virginia, associate
Rebecca Gantt to resolve a landlord-tenant dispute for a Navy petty officer whose
landlord had obtained a default judgment against her while she was on
active duty. For her efforts, Gantt — a Navy veteran — received the ABA
Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award, as well as
McGuireWoods’ annual Pro Bono Award for 2018.
Harmon said his own military service led him “to really appreciate how much
these incredibly brave and committed men and women sacrifice — you know
this when you’ve been part of it. We owe these veterans — and the families
who sacrifice with them – so much. Now, as a leader in the legal
profession, I am very proud of what our lawyers do to help veterans.”