A team of Gold Coast lawyers has received the award for outstanding nonprofit project from the Pro Bono Partnership for their work with the St. Paul's Child Development Center in Bridgeport. The team includes David A. Swerdloff, partner in Day Pitney's corporate and business law department; Eli Salcedo, formerly of Day Pitney, and Aleksander Lamvol, of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Following the closing of the longtime church sponsor of St. Paul's Child Development Center, it became necessary for St. Paul's to reorganize as an independent nonprofit. Over a two-year period, the attorneys involved in the project prepared the organization documents and necessary filings with the Internal Revenue Service and handled lease negotiations with the New England Lutheran Church Synod to permit St. Paul's to retain its location and obtain tax exempt status, without disruption to clients. Today, St. Paul's is an independent nonprofit that continues to serve local children in the Bridgeport area. The Partnership was founded in 1997 by members of the corporate bar from Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County in part to provide pro bono opportunities to its members. Day Pitney legacy firm, Day Berry & Howard, was involved in founding the Hartford predecessor nonprofit called the Nonprofit Pro Bono Initiative, which merged with the Partnership in 2008.