Salisbury Attorney Harold Somer Named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for 2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

  • Nassau County Bar Association

Mineola, Long Island, NY –Longtime bankruptcy attorney Harold M. Somer of Salisbury believes that practicing law is a privilege, not a right, and that every lawyer has an obligation to give back. 

For 20 years, he has done just that, logging in hundreds of hours of pro bono bankruptcy assistance to help those in financial crisis. He interviews clients, educates them on their options, and vets cases for eventual referral to the panel of pro bono bankruptcy attorneys at the free Volunteer Lawyers Project Bankruptcy Clinics, co-sponsored by Nassau/Suffolk Law Services and the Nassau County Bar Association. He often accepts e wcases himself for pro bono representation in bankruptcy proceedings. He often helps homeowners at the free NCBA Mortgage Foreclosure Legal Consultation Clinics. On top of that, Somer volunteers as a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Volunteer Lawyers and regularly lectures on bankruptcy and other legal topics for various professional groups. 

For his deep dedication and passion to help others, the Nassau County Bar Association presented the Thomas A. Maligno Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award for 2013 to Harold Somer.

Harold Somer graduated with the first class of Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 1983 and began his legal career in a general practice firm for his first five years after graduation.  Since 1988 he has practiced bankruptcy law and appeared in matters in all four Federal Districts.  He eventually opened his own practice in Garden City and thereafter moved to Westbury where, in addition to bankruptcy, he practices general, commercial, mortgage foreclosure, foreclosure defense and real estate law.

Harold M. Somer

Harold M. Somer

About the Nassau County Bar Association
Founded in 1899, the Nassau County Bar Association, with a membership of nearly 6,000 private and public attorneys, judges, legal educators and law students, is the largest suburban bar association in the country. NCBA demonstrates its commitment to the community by offering a variety of services for the public, including lawyer referral services, pro bono clinics on mortgage foreclosure, Sandy recovery and for senior citizens; judicial screening, public education programs, and support for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides much-needed free legal services for the indigent of Nassau County. The WE CARE Fund, the NCBA’s charitable arm, assists children, the elderly and others in need, through countless projects and donations.  For more information, call (516) 747-4070(language translation available), email, or visit