Christopher J. Herrling


Pro Bono Counsel

Herrling, Christopher J.

Christopher J. Herrling is pro bono counsel to WilmerHale. Mr. Herrling coordinates the firm's pro bono program, oversees training in pro bono matters and provides assistance on substantive issues in these cases.

Prior to joining the firm in 1997, Mr. Herrling served as Executive Director of The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia for three years, having served previously as Deputy Director with that organization. He also served as Director at the Student Press Law Center in Washington DC. He has extensive experience in the provision of legal services to persons of limited means and is well known in the public service community.

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient, Bar Association of the District of Columbia 1997 Public Service Award

Publications & News


August 10, 2017

WilmerHale Team Offers Pro Bono Support at Detention Center

Volunteers from the Washington DC office traveled to the Farmville Detention Center in rural Virginia to meet with detainees awaiting deportation proceedings.

April 17, 2015

WilmerHale Honored by New York’s City Bar Justice Center

On April 1, a group of lawyers from the firm’s New York office attended the City Bar Justice Center’s 10th annual gala, where WilmerHale and IBM were honored for their leadership and dedication to public service.

September 30, 2014

Failing Trafficking Victims

United States law guarantees trafficking victims mandatory criminal restitution, but a new report shows that the justice system is failing to provide legally required restitution to victims in nearly two-thirds of cases.

September 30, 2014

When 'Mandatory' Does Not Mean Mandatory: Failure to Obtain Criminal Restitution in Federal Prosecution of Human Trafficking

A report co-published in 2014 by The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center and WilmerHale.

August 20, 2014

DC Attorneys Lend Voices to Jumpstart’s 50 Reading Men Initiative

This summer, attorneys in WilmerHale's Washington DC office lent their voices to an important initiative aimed at helping preschool children in low-income neighborhoods develop the language and literacy skills they need to be prepared for kindergarten.

June 24, 2010

WilmerHale Recognized by Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Pro Bono Efforts

September 25, 2009

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Honors WilmerHale with Pro Bono Counsel Award

May 16, 2005

Civil Rights Lawsuit Settled by Robertson County, Texas and ACLU

Call for Reconciliation at Upcoming Community Meeting in Hearne, Texas

August 27, 1999

Attorneys and Firm Recognized for Pro Bono Work

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JD, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1980

BA, University of Rochester, 1976

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

New York

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