Tom Duffy Receives Special Recognition from Legal Clinic for the Disabled

Tom Duffy walks to the podium to accept the LCD 2018 Special Recognition Award

Tom Duffy, founder of Duffy + Partners was honored with the annual Special Recognition Award at the Legal Clinic for the Disabled’s Annual Fall Celebration & Silent Auction on October 18, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. This is the second time he has received this distinction, which was first bestowed upon him in 2012.

The Special Recognition Award is given annually to an individual who has shown outstanding commitment to people with disabilities and LCD’s work in the disability community. Other honorees at the event included Katie Samson, spokesperson of the Katie Samson Foundation, an organization the Duffy firm supports annually.

“We are honored that Tom will receive LCD’s Special Recognition Award this year,” said Linda Peyton, Executive Director, LCD. “Tom’s commitment to the nonprofit legal community and his advocacy on behalf of charitable causes is extraordinary. His continued support of LCD through the Duffy Fellowship has been integral in LCD’s success. He embodies the word ‘advocate’ and we are so grateful to have his support.”

LCD Board President Matthew Faranda-Diedrich, Esq., left and Executive Director Linda Peyton congratulate Tom Duffy on his award

Tom Duffy dedicates thousands of hours to charitable causes, including Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation (where he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and was honored with the Magee “Champion in the Community” award in 2009), HelpHOPELive (formerly NTAF, who named him a “Community Hero” in 2010) and several other organizations.

In 2012, Tom established the prestigious “Duffy Fellowship,” which provides funds to underwrite a staff attorney at several legal service organizations, including LCD, Community Legal Services (CLS), and the Homeless Advocacy Project.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) is the only nonprofit exclusively dedicated to serving people with disabilities, and the deaf and hard-of-hearing, in the Philadelphia region. The LCD provides free legal services to low income people with disabilities and to the deaf and hard of hearing in Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester and Montgomery Counties. Incorporated in 1987, LCD began serving the community in 1990 and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which has helped thousands of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.

Duffy + Partners, founded over 30 years ago by Tom Duffy, is committed to making a difference in the City of Philadelphia through its advocacy of victims of catastrophic injury and their families. To learn more, visit