Dentons has appointed Bulgarian lawyer Atanas Politov as Europe Director of Pro Bono.
Politov will be based in Budapest and will join Dentons' Europe Pro-Bono Committee formed in 2015 to coordinate the firm’s pro bono legal services across continental Europe.
Politov joins from PILnet, which Dentons describes as "one the most respected worldwide facilitators of legal pro bono work." As Director of Programs at PILnet, Dentons reports, "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 PILnet’s pro bono clearinghouses 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."
Politov received legal training in his native Bulgaria and worked as a staff attorney for Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights. He has an LL.M. from Columbia Law School and is a former Fulbright Scholar.
Tomasz Dabrowski, CEO of Dentons Europe, commented: "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. 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."
Politov said: "I am thrilled to join Dentons, where pro bono is truly part of the firm’s identity. 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."
"Dentons' commitment to the communities in which we live and work has been strengthened tremendously with the addition of Atanas Politov, who is deeply dedicated to access to justice and a true leader in the growing pro bono movement in Europe," said Ben Weinberg, Chair of Dentons' Global Pro Bono Program.