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   Law Offices of John C. Camillus, LLC
P.O. Box 141410
Columbus, Ohio  43214
614.558.7254 (phone)
614.559.6731 (fax) 

10% Promise

Universally, family members who have brought a wrongful death lawsuit would give up every penny awarded to them in exchange for bringing their lost loved ones back.  The same is true for seriously injured individuals, all of whom would give up their entire legal recovery to go back in time and avoid the injury altogether.  And when employees are unlawfully terminated due to their race, gender, age, religion, or disability, money can make up for their lost wages, but it cannot make up for the humiliation and loss of self-worth that often accompanies termination from a job.  The Law Offices of John C. Camillus, LLC recognizes that while money may make up for, alleviate, or offset to some extent the grief and loss that can come from the death of a loved one, a serious injury caused by someone else's carelessness, or discrimination in the workplace, money can never fully right the wrong that clients have suffered.  In recognition of these inherent limitations, the 10% Promise program provides the Firm the opportunity to give back to the community – local, national, and global – in a way that transcends the good work done in any one particular case.

In the hectic, complex, and often exhausting practice of law, it is far too easy for those of us with the privilege of calling ourselves lawyers to lose sight of the reasons why we went to law school and committed to practice law in the first place.  At its core, the practice of law should be about one thing -- justice.  And we believe that justice means more than holding wrongdoers legally accountable.  Justice includes feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and protecting the vulnerable.

To ensure that this focus remains at the Law Offices of John C. Camillus, LLC, 10% of the fees earned in contingency fee cases is donated to one of the following ten charities.  Our practice is to give the client the option of selecting the organization on this list to receive the contribution.  The donation, of course, is made by the attorney.  There is no obligation whatsoever for the client to make any donation, and the donation is taken directly from the legal fees, not from the client's recovery.

The firm has selected the following ten charities for the 10% Promise program:

Homes for Our Troops
Special Olympics of Ohio
The Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale
Children's Defense Fund
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Cooperative for Education
Helen Keller International
Feeding America
Public Justice

Homes for our Troops logoHomes for Our Troops:

Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 2004.  This group is committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and to coordinate the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.  The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at no cost to the Veterans served by the group.


Pelotonia logoPelotonia:

Pelotonia is a grassroots bike tour with the goal of ending cancer.  Pelotonia raises money for innovative and life saving cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Special Olympics of Ohio:

Special Olympics Ohio seeks to provide sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


Yale logoThe Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale:

This is an organization that I hold especially dear because I served as its President while I was in law school.  The Initiative is a non-profit organization that provides start-up money for projects that protect the legal rights or interests of inadequately represented groups. The Initiative funds cutting-edge projects whose successful execution might be a model for other organizations seeking new and better ways to represent clients.


Childrens Defense Fund logo

Children's Defense Fund:

The Children's Defense Fund is focused on ensuring that every child has a successful passage to adulthood by fighting for juvenile justice, early childhood education and care, and an end to child poverty.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.


Cooperative for Education logoCooperative for Education:

The goal of Cooperative for Education is to create sustainable textbook, computer center, reading, scholarship, and library programs in Guatemala.  Co-Ed focuses particularly on Guatemala’s Central and Western Highlands, an area that exhibits one of the most extreme combinations of systemic poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, and inequality in the hemisphere.

Helen Keller International logoHelen Keller International:

Founded in 1915 by Helen Keller and George Kessler, Helen Keller International (HKI) is among the oldest international nonprofit organizations devoted to preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition in the world.


Feeding America:

Feeding America's mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage the country in the fight to end hunger.

Public Justice logo

Public Justice:

Public Justice fights for justice in the court system through precedent-setting and socially significant litigation.  It is involved in fighting for consumers’ rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, environmental protection, public health and safety, and access to the courts.