Cy Pres and Residual Fund Awards

Cy pres awards are residual funds in class action cases (and occasionally in other types of proceedings like bankruptcy and probate matters) that, for any number of reasons, are unclaimed or cannot be distributed to the class members or beneficiaries who were the intended recipients. Under the cy pres doctrine and Illinois law, courts can distribute these residual funds to appropriate charitable causes, and the CBF and the legal aid organizations and related initiatives the CBF supports are appropriate beneficiaries.

The CBF’s mission of improving access to justice for those less fortunate makes it an ideal match for class action cy pres awards, as one underlying premise for all class actions is to make access to justice a reality for people who otherwise would not be able to obtain the protections of the court system. Cy pres awards have made possible a number of successful projects and initiatives over the past several years and enable the CBF to provide ongoing support for these efforts. Click here for more information on the CBF and how we put cy pres and residual funds to work in our community.

The links on the left of this page have more information about the impact that cy pres awards to the CBF already have had over the past several years as well as a variety of helpful resources on how you can help direct a cy pres award or other award of residual funds to the CBF or one of the many outstanding pro bono and legal aid organizations supported by the CBF.

For more information about cy pres awards and other awards of residual funds and how you can make an impact by directing such an award to the CBF, contact Bob Glaves at or at 312.554.1205.

Firms Directing Cy Pres Awards to the CBF

The CBF is grateful to the following law firms and the many individual lawyers within those firms for their role in directing cy pres awards to the CBF over the past several years:

Anderson & Wanca
Baker & Daniels LLC
Baldi Berg, Ltd.
Barnow & Associates, P.C.
Barrett & Associates
Baskin, Server, Berke & Weinstein
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman
Bock, Hatch, Lewis & Oppenheim, LLC
Burke Law Offices, LLC
Cafferty Faucher LLP
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
The Collins Law Firm, P.C.
Consumer Advocacy Center, P.C.
Crane, Heyman, Simon, Welch & Clar
Dentons US LLP
DLA Piper LLP (US)
Donaldson & Guin LLC
Dykema Gossett PLLC
Edelman, Combs, Latturner & Goodwin, LLC
Edelson PC
Fish Potter Bolanos, P.C.
Futterman Howard Watkins Wylie & Ashley, CHTD.
Gary M. Klinger
Goodhart Law Firm, Ltd.
Goodwin Proctor LLP
Gordon & Rees LLP
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Grippo & Elden LLC
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
Holstein Law Offices, LLC
Honigman LLP
Ice Miller LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
Johnson & Bell, Ltd.
Jonathan Nachsin, P.C.
Jones Day
Kanner & Whiteley, LLC
Katsky Korins LLP
Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP
Keogh Law, Ltd.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Krislov & Associatets, Ltd.
Labaton Sucharow LLP
Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker, Levin and Tominberg, Ltd.
LaPointeLaw, P.C.
Larry D. Drury, Ltd.
Latham & Watkins LLP
Law Office of Aron D. Robinson
Law Office of Arthur Susman
Law Offices of Bernard M. Gross, P.C.

Leiff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein LLP
Law Offices of Ronald A. Marron
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP
Lowis & Gellen LLP
Mark Silverman Law Office, Ltd.
Markoff Leinberger LLC
Mayer Brown LLP
McCarter & English, LLP
McDermott Will & Emery
McGuire Law, P.C.
McGuireWoods LLP
McMorrow Law, LLC
Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP
Milberg LLP
Miller Law LLC
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Much Shelist P.C.
Myron M. Cherry & Associates LLC
Nisen & Elliott
Philips and Philips, Ltd.
Pretzel & Stouffer, Chtd.
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.
Rachlis Durham Duff & Adler, LLC
Reed Smith LLP
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, LLP
Robinson Curley & Clayton, P.C.
Schad, Diamond & Shedden, P.C.
Schoenberg Finkel Newman & Rosenberg, LLC
Sessions Fishman Nathan & Israel, L.L.C.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Shea Rogal & Associates
Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Siprut PC
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Smith & McMorrow, P.C
Susman Heffner & Hurst LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Thomas & Kampsen
Thompson Coburn LLP
The Thompson Firm
Vedder Price PC
Waskowski Johnson Yohalem LLP
Werman Salas P.C.
William J. Harte, Ltd.
Winston & Strawn LLP
Wood Finko & Thompson P.C.
Workers’ Law Office, P.C.
Zimmerman Law Offices, P.C.