John Heintz Honored with Legal Aid’s Prestigious Servant of Justice Award
Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that John E. Heintz, a partner in the Firm’s Insurance Recovery group, has been selected as a recipient of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia’s Servant of Justice Award in recognition of his “demonstrated faithful dedication and remarkable achievement in ensuring that all persons have equal and meaningful access to justice.” He will be honored at the 31st Annual Servant of Justice Awards Dinner, being held on April 22, 2020, at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C.
“It has been a great privilege working with Legal Aid for many years to advance the fight for fair and equal access to justice for those who need it most,” said John. “I have enormous respect for the organization’s leadership and staff, and their tireless commitment to the important work that they do on behalf of their clients. I am honored and humbled to be recognized by Legal Aid with this award.”
John has served on Legal Aid’s board of trustees since 2009, and has also served on the board of directors of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and as a fellow at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program. Throughout his career, he has handled large, impactful pro bono litigation involving issues of discrimination and unfair practices in both housing and insurance industries. In recognition of his lifelong commitment to pro bono service, John received the Equal Rights Center’s 2017 Outstanding Public Service Award, Blank Rome’s 2018 Edwin P. Rome Pro Bono Achievement Award, and numerous pro bono honor roll recognitions.
“John has made pro bono work a central part of his career for 40 years, and is so deserving of this outstanding honor,” said Kathy E. Ochroch, Blank Rome’s Director of Pro Bono Services. “In recent years, he has been a champion of our Firm’s Housing Right to Counsel project with Legal Aid, and has been a valuable mentor to associates who are engaged with this important initiative. As a member of our Firm-wide and Washington, D.C. Pro Bono Committees, John is an integral part of Blank Rome’s pro bono program and his efforts continue to strengthen our Firm’s devotion to supporting our communities.”
To learn more about John’s pro bono work with Legal Aid, please watch Blank Rome’s video recognizing his pro bono achievements here.