Tom Duffy Given CLS “Champion of Justice” Award

Congratulating Tom Duffy (third from right) on his CLS Champion of Justice award are (from L), CLS Leadership Council Chair Joseph Tate, Dechert LLP; CLS Deputy Director Debby Freedman; CLS Leadership Council Member Alan Feldman, Feldman Shepherd; CLS Executive Director Cathy Carr, and CLS Board Chair Michael LiPuma, Law office of Michael LiPuma

(Philadelphia) Tom Duffy, founder of the Philadelphia catastrophic injury law firm of Duffy + Partners, was given the “Champion of Justice” award by Community Legal Services (CLS) at its 26th Annual “Breakfast of Champions,” held May 27 in Philadelphia.

The award recognizes an individual who is pivotal in supporting CLS’s mission of ensuring that low-income Philadelphia residents have equal access to justice by providing them with advice and representation in civil legal matters. In 2013, Duffy named CLS the recipient of a new “Duffy Fellowship,” which underwrites the cost of a staff attorney’s salary. There are currently three Duffy Fellows working in Philadelphia legal service organizations. The Duffy Fellow at CLS, attorney Jennifer Burdick, works in the Public Benefits Unit, helping poverty-level Philadelphians navigate public benefits such as cash assistance, SSI disability, food stamps, or health insurance.

“When it comes to our mission, Tom Duffy is a shining example of someone who sees the bigger picture,” said CLS Executive Director Cathy Carr. “Not only has he supported our programs for years through donations and volunteering, but, with this effort, he has placed an indelible mark on our organization and on the lives of the many Philadelphia citizens we have improved through the work of the Duffy Fellow.”

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Tom Duffy left a promising career at a large Philadelphia firm 26 years ago to establish his own practice, one that has helped catastrophic injury victims and their families obtain settlements and verdicts in the hundreds of millions. Visit for more info.