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The National Trial Lawyers Forms Pro Bono Task Force for Families of Orlando Shooting Victims

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The National Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers has created a pro bono Task Force of attorneys nationwide to help with legal issues facing families in the wake of the June 12 shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Douglas R. Beam and Mark O’Mara are the co-chairpersons of NTL Task Force.

No one on the Task Force will receive compensation for these services. The Task Force will make referrals to the extent that specific legal needs arise for individual family members.

On June 12, 2016, a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It was the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history.

“On behalf of the National Trial Lawyers Association, we first offer our sincere condolences to those families that have suffered in this horrific terrorist act,” said attorney Mark M. O’Mara of Orlando, Florida. “As a national association of trial lawyers, we want to offer, without compensation, whatever assistance we can to the families of those affected by this tragedy.”

In the cold light of the upcoming few days, the families will have many concerns of legal significance:


• How to handle the arrangements for their loved ones.
• How to pay expenses.
• What to do about the estates of those people lost on June 12.


“We hope to lessen, even to a small extent, the confusion and uncertainty caused to these families. We are here to help,” O’Mara said.

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