MJ Action, formerly Project Giveback, is a pro bono and community service initiative started in February 2021.
Miller Johnson believes in action.

Miller Johnson’s award-winning pro bono program has committed to providing at least $1 million in legal services each year in partnership with individuals and public interest organizations in the communities in which Miller Johnson’s clients live and work. Miller Johnson’s pro bono and public interest efforts engage attorneys and other team members from a wide variety of practice areas, with wide-ranging support for business, financial, protective, and personal needs of individuals and entrepreneurs. Miller Johnson attorneys have assisted human trafficking survivors with domestic and family law issues, helped first-time entrepreneurs form businesses and protect intellectual property rights, pursued trailblazing litigation, formed non-profit organizations, and counseled clients through a host of small business and corporate matters, such as hiring their first employees.

Miller Johnson believes in community.

Miller Johnson celebrates the work of its community partners and encourages each of its team members to actively engage in their respective communities. In addition to its pro bono and public interest efforts, the firm provides regular volunteer opportunities in which all team members are encouraged to participate. Miller Johnson routinely solicits input from team members in identifying partner organizations with whom the firm’s collaboration would be particularly productive. Team members have packed lunches for under-privileged children, assisted with immigration asylum clinics, and mobilized responses to food-security needs in the localities in which Miller Johnson’s clients live and work.

Miller Johnson is proud to participate in its public interest, pro bono, and volunteer efforts in partnership with numerous national and local organizations, including Rende Progress Capital, Legal Aid, the YWCA, Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur Lab, Spring GR, Special Olympics of West Michigan, Kids’ Food Basket, and more.

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Partner Organizations
  • Providing pro bono work for customers of partner Community Financial Institutions (CFIs) seekin legal services as they execute business planning, address legal challenges and opportunities and work through various phases of growth.

    Rende Progress Capital
  • Providing volunteers to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes in support of their mission.

    Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes
  • Participating in the MLK Day of Service by providing team members a variety of volunteer opportunities.

  • Providing volunteers to Kids’ Food Basket in support of their mission.

  • Providing volunteers to Keep Detroit Growing in support of their mission.

  • Partner with Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur-Lab (MVE-Lab) as a support to small business/nonprofit pro bono clients.

  • Provide legal support via Spring GR’s Small Business Training 14-week program.

  • We partner with their leadership team to identify member businesses that can collaborate and help spread effective practices on legal and compliance issues among the Chamber’s membership.

  • We partnered to provide pro bono representation to the winner of the organization’s “Makers’ Mart Competition.”

  • We partner with ILJMI to help low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers understand their choices and navigate the complexities and barriers of the U.S. immigration legal system.

  • We partner with Legal Aid of Western Michigan to help provide free legal advice and representation in a broad range of areas including consumer cases, family matters, housing problems, and government benefits.

MJ Action Highlights
  • Miller Johnson launches Project Giveback

  • “Project Giveback” to Provide Community Legal Aid

  • Miller Johnson Successfully Argues Michigan Court of Appeals Case for Project Giveback Client

  • Miller Johnson Assists Immigration Law & Justice Michigan

  • Miller Johnson Hosts Lunch & Learn for MJ Action Volunteers

  • Miller Johnson Partners with Michigan Veterans Entrepreneurship Lab

  • Miller Johnson Hosts Legal Aid of West Michigan for Lunch & Learn

  • Miller Johnson and 18 attorneys Have Been Named to the 2023 A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll