Community & Pro Bono

As people and professionals, we recognize the power we hold to effect change and help others. Goodmans firm members embrace opportunities to strengthen the communities in which we live and work through volunteering and outreach.

Our founder, Eddie Goodman, set the bar high for us. Eddie was celebrated for his community service, as a leader of numerous boards, and a patron of many cultural and artistic institutions. Today we carry on his legacy by supporting charitable and community initiatives dedicated to a wide range of causes.  Our lawyers sit as directors and trustees on the Boards of approximately eighty charitable and community organizations and non-profit corporations.  To read more about the programs and organizations that individual lawyers support, please see our lawyer profiles.

Many of our pro-bono initiatives support our ongoing commitment to a diverse and inclusive community. Please visit our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion page to learn more.

Featured Initiatives

Our 2022 Summer Students @ the DMZ
  • Since 2016 Goodmans has been DMZ’s Professional-in-Residence, providing on-site legal guidance and mentorship for its portfolio companies and alumni.  The partnership enables DMZ entrepreneurs to benefit from the pro-bono legal expertise and experience of our lawyers and gives them a strong mentor as they move forward in growing their startups. Learn more.  
  • Through volunteer opportunities and a special secondment program, to involvement in various organizational committees and annual fundraising events, Goodmans has been a proud supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto for over a decade. In June 2022, our Chair Dale Lastman, served as Honorary Chair for the 2022 Big Night Out Gala, helping raise a record-breaking $2.4M for Toronto’s youth.
  • Aware that Black-owned businesses face many systemic barriers in their start up processes that may limit their ultimate success, Goodmans launched a program in 2020 with the goal of helping to address these challenges uniquely faced by the Black business community. Goodmans LABB (Legal Advice for Black Businesses) offers pro bono corporate commercial legal services to qualifying Black-owned Ontario businesses.  Since 2020, Goodmans has helped numerous Black businesses in a variety of sectors, providing free legal services across multiple practice areas.

  • Numerous Goodmans lawyers provide pro bono support to Pro Bono Ontario through their Free Legal Advice Hotline, which offers free legal help to people across the province.
  • For more than 30 years we have proudly supported various SickKids initiatives both within the hospital & the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning.   Throughout the year, Goodmans participates in Sick Kids Story Time - a beloved event hosted in the Family Centre, where patients and families gather for a fun reading, games and songs.  During the pandemic, Goodmans readers have joined Story Time via Zoom to interact with patients and their families.
  • Our firm members participate annually in Goodmans United Way Campaign which was recently recognized with an Exemplary Award, placing Goodmans in the top 15% of all workplace campaigns in Toronto and with a Spirit Award, acknowledging excellence in community giving.

  • Goodmans provided pro-bono counsel on key legal issues connected with the Canadian Centre for Human Trafficking’s launch of Canada’s first-ever hotline designed to support victims and survivors of human trafficking and to educate the public about the issue.

We're also proud to support numerous organizations, events and fundraisers throughout the year including: