Loreto Bresky is a partner with the law firm Alessandri Abogados located in Santiago, Chile. She and her firm are highly dedicated to providing pro bono services to needy clients.
Loreto’s interest in intellectual property law began while she was studying at the University of Chile. In her last year at university, she took courses dedicated to the study of intellectual property, and she realized this area provided her with the opportunity to interact with artists, creators, researchers, and business people. Although she started her legal career in the area of corporate law, once Loreto had the opportunity to work in intellectual property law, she took it.
Loreto’s law firm, Alessandri, fully supports pro bono efforts and prides itself on being a member of Fundación Pro Bono. In 2008, Alessandri became a signatory to the Pro Bono Attorneys for the Americas Declaration, which was designed to articulate the social responsibility of lawyers in their communities. By signing the Declaration, Alessandri undertook a commitment to promote justice for those who are destitute, and to provide legal services free of charge to those who lack necessary resources. As part of this commitment, Alessandri and the signatories to the Declaration agreed to conduct a minimum of 20 hours of pro bono service per lawyer per year.
In 2009, Alessandri’s Pro Bono Committee asked Loreto if she would serve as the firm’s Pro Bono Coordinator. During Loreto’s five year term as Pro Bono Coordinator, she worked on a wide variety of pro bono matters for a number of different organizations.
Her favorite matter involved America Solidaria, an NGO that works with the poorest and most underprivileged communities in the Americas. In 2009, Loreto assisted America Solidaria to register its word mark and logo in many countries throughout Latin America. She also assisted the organization in navigating international registration of its marks.
During her reign as Pro Bono Coordinator, Loreto has also stepped outside her expertise of intellectual property and has worked on a number of pro bono matters involving different areas of law. For example, Loreto and her colleagues provided pro bono legal services to people affected by the 2010 earthquake in Chile. These services included matters of real estate law and referrals to other sources of information and assistance.
In 2010, Alessandri was awarded Pro Bono Firm of the Year in Chile, and has since been recognized by Latin Lawyer as “a leading light in pro bono”. Earlier this year, after serving a five-year term as Alessandri’s Pro Bono Coordinator, Loreto transitioned the position to one of her colleagues.
INTA’s Pro Bono Committee congratulates Loreto and Allessandri on the excellent work they have done to date. Loreto and Allessandri are great examples of the pro bono services being provided internationally by INTA members.