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Dentons names new Budapest-based pro bono director

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Law firm Dentons has appointed Atanas Politov as Europe Director of Pro Bono, to be based in the company’s Budapest office, joining the Europe Pro Bono Committee formed in 2015 to coordinate Dentons’ pro bono legal services across continental Europe, according to a press release issued today.

Over the last three years, Dentons Europe has engaged in numerous pro bono projects across the continent, working closely together with leading NGOs, the press statement notes.

Politov (pictured) is joining Dentons from PILnet, where as Director of Programs he developed large-scale legal aid reform projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, coordinated PILnet’s contributions to legal aid reform and oversaw the development of its pro bono clearing houses in Hungary, Russia, China and globally. He also led the PILnet team which organized the annual European Pro Bono Forum - bringing together law firms and NGOs to collaborate on addressing critical issues of social justice, the press statement says.

Politov participated in legal training in his native Bulgaria and worked as a staff attorney for Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights. He also holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School and is a former Fulbright Scholar.  

“In line with our global commitment to making a meaningful contribution to the communities in which we work and live, we are delighted to welcome Atanas on board,” said Tomasz Dabrowski, CEO of Dentons Europe. “As one of the most recognized specialists in pro bono programs in Europe, he will help us make our pro bono and social responsibility efforts even more impactful,” he added.

“I am thrilled to join Dentons, where pro bono is truly part of the firm’s identity,” said Politov. “We live in challenging times in Europe, and pro bono is the principal pathway for our lawyers to engage and make a difference in our communities. I am committed to see it grow and reach new heights.”

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