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June 14, 2010

National and state recognition of Howrey law firm and partner Henry Su for pro bono work to implement Americans with Disabilities Act

Los Angeles, CA – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and Disability Rights California presented Howrey LLP and Howrey attorney Henry Su with awards recognizing the importance of their contributions to furthering the rights of people with disabilities. 
 
The awards were presented during the June 7-10 joint conference of the two organizations, bringing together over 600 disability advocates to Los Angeles for training sessions on disability related laws and programs.
 
For years, Howrey has worked to implement disability rights, ensuring equal treatment  with regard to fair housing, voting rights and many other areas where the right to live full lives under the law is abridged. “It is fitting that Howrey LLP and attorney Henry Su are being recognized on the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act because one of their special areas of strength is litigating ADA issues,” stated Curt Decker, Executive Director of NDRN.
 
Henry Su, in particular, has been a champion of disability rights, working with Disability Rights California for the past five years on several major class action lawsuits.  In Chambers v. City and County of San Francisco, Mr. Su provided critical leadership in the litigation, resulting in a landmark settlement -- affirming  the rights of residents of Laguna Honda Hospital to live in homes of their choice with the supports they need.  In his current pro bono case with Disability Rights California, Harry Cota v. David Maxwell-Jolly, Mr. Su has helped the litigation team stop cuts to Adult Day Health Care that would have placed up to 15,000 seniors and people with disabilities at risk of unnecessary institutionalization. 
 
“We are delighted to honor Howrey and Henry Su, whose commitment to pro bono support for disability rights never flags. Not only does Henry always offer stellar advice, he consistently leads us to the most effective legal strategy,” said Catherine Blakemore, Executive Director of Disability Rights California.
 
“Howrey is very grateful for this honor.  We are particularly pleased by the recognition of Henry Su’s steadfast commitment to disability rights. We take seriously our obligation as attorneys to help secure justice for those who might otherwise go without representation,” said Howrey Chairman and CEO Robert Ruyak.
 
The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.
  
Founded in 1956, Howrey LLP is a global law firm with over 625 attorneys and more than 35 economic, financial and regulatory consultants. Howrey is one of the most frequently used law firms by the world’s leading companies.
 
Disability Rights California was founded in 1978 as California's protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities. In 2009 the organization directly served more than 25,000 Californians with disabilities and their families.