The Los Angeles County Bar Association recognized Manatt's significant pro bono contributions to veterans by awarding the firm its Law Firm Legal Services to Veterans Award. A black tie ceremony, "Honoring America's Veterans," was held November 17, 2012, in downtown Los Angeles and was attended by Manatt's Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner Bill Quicksilver, who accepted the award on the firm's behalf. In addition to the firm, LACBA also honored Manatt's Cristin Zeisler, partner and director of the firm's pro bono services.
The event was attended by military officers, veterans, dignitaries, city officials, judges and lawyers. Net proceeds from the event supported Veteran-specific legal initiatives and projects including:
- Working with Public Counsel to provide free legal services for veterans regarding their VA benefits, family law, criminal defense, tax, housing and other financial issues
- Supporting teams of lawyers at Veterans Stand Downs throughout Los Angeles County events where veterans in need can obtain free services and counseling, as well as food, clothes and hygiene items