CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dr. John Zimmer, an attorney in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Charlotte office, recently received the Mecklenburg County Bar's Extraordinary Pro Bono Service Award for an Outstanding Individual Attorney. The award recognizes an individual who has contributed extraordinary service to provision of pro bono services for indigents, children or nonprofit agencies.
"We are very proud of John's recognition," said Rob Marcus, Chairman of the firm's Management Committee. "He is an excellent attorney, dedicated to his legal practice and passionate about his pro bono work with the Charlotte community. He is fully deserving of this award."
Dr. Zimmer was recognized for his work with the Council for Children's Rights (CFCR), where he works as a volunteer attorney through the CFCR's Custody Advocacy Program (CAP). As a volunteer attorney, Dr. Zimmer works alongside a CAP staff attorney and a volunteer custody advocate to protect the welfare of children in high-conflict custody cases by advocating for the custody arrangement that serves the children's best interests.
"I am honored to receive this award," said Dr. Zimmer. "As a father, helping children in the community through the Custody Advocacy Program has been extremely rewarding. The advocacy program does important work on behalf of children, and I am proud to be a part of the organization and its mission."
At Smith Moore Leatherwood, Dr. Zimmer focuses his practice on various patent-related matters including patent prosecution and counseling regarding various technologies. He primarily advises clients in the chemical and materials science areas and has co-authored more than 13 papers appearing in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
He received his bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee University in 2000, his doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 and his juris doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2009.