Giving back to the community is important, and the Turkewitz Law Firm has done this over the years in a number of ways.
The most prominent has been to raise tens of thousands of dollars for local parks and recreation by creating a half marathon trail race. This was the inspiration of firm founder Eric Turkewitz, who is also a veteran marathon runner. He approached elected officials back in 2002 with the idea of linking together a series of five Westchester County parks into a giant necklace with a 13-mile loop.
As of 2016, over 700 runners each year from 15-20 states converge on the system to race the trails, with the funds being used for additional improvements for the benefit of the numerous communities that abut the parks.
You can read about its creation here. As of 2017, Turkewitz continues to volunteer his time as the event’s founder and race director and the firm continues to be a sponsor.
The firm has also repeatedly sponsored local youth sports teams, to help keep down costs and encourage broad, community-wide participation.
As an attorney, he used his skills in the wake of the September 11 attack to represent (for free) claimants before the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund. His representation of these clients was through Trial Lawyers Care, the largest free legal services project in American history.