“Lawyers Gear Up to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey”
With Hurricane Harvey rains continuing to drench Houston, bar associations and legal aid organizations are gearing up to provide legal help to hurricane victims, and firms have pledged money to support aid even as their Houston offices remain closed.
Mark Sloan, managing partner of Dallas’ Thompson & Knight, shut down the firm’s Houston office early on Friday and does not expect it to reopen until next week at the earliest. “Right now, nobody knows how long it will be until people can travel in Houston,” he said.
Some of the firm’s Houston-based attorneys are working remotely and some have left the city and are working out of other offices, Sloan said. “The good thing is all of our servers are off site and safe.”
But employees’ safety and well-being is the firm’s primary concern, Sloan said. The firm anticipates it will use funds from its charitable foundation to assist employees who suffer uninsured property damage as a result of the hurricane.