McAndrews Founding Partner John H. Held Named Volunteer of the Month by CARPLS


McAndrews, Held & Malloy founding partner John H. Held was named “Volunteer of the Month” by CARPLS (coordinated advice & referral program for legal services). Held was honored for his dedicated service and the deep knowledge and experience he brings to helping those who cannot afford legal representation better understand their rights and the remedies available to them under the law. 

Held began volunteering for CARPLS in April 2013. He quickly became an integral member of volunteer team, answering questions from Cook County residents on legal problems that involve housing, employment, education, consumer debt, divorce, guardianships, estates, injuries to person or property, public benefits, health care and more. Since its inception in 1993, CARPLS has helped more than 6,000,000 clients find solutions for their basic legal problems.

During his nearly 50-year career as a successful patent attorney, Held has always made time for pro bono work. He volunteered for more than 10 years at the Legal Assistance Foundation in Chicago, working on social security appeals, housing, and family and children issues. Previously, Held was actively involved with community programs such as the Glencoe Human Relations Committee and the Eire Neighborhood Settlement House, and held leadership positions at the Chicago Intellectual Property Law Association and the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. He was a member of the Board of Regents at Georgetown University, his alma mater, and a member of the Law Campaign Committee with the Georgetown Law Center.

According to Held, “If you are fortunate enough to have a law license, I firmly believe that you have a responsibility to give back.”