Washington, D.C., May 30, 2012 – Lawyers from area law firms and other legal organizations will compete in a hotly contested ninth annual battle of the law firm bands to benefit Gifts for the Homeless, Inc. (GFTH), a non-profit, all-volunteer organization supported by the city’s legal community to help the homeless.  The Black Cat, a premier hot-spot in DC’s historic U Street district (1811 14th Street, NW), has partnered with GFTH to host “Banding Together 2012” on Thursday, June 21, from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am.

This year, the following 16 bands will compete on two different stages for the title of “Banding Together Champion”:

Esquire Stage

Playing Times Bands Law Firms/Sponsors
7:15 – 7:40 Larry & the LandLawyers Walsh Colucci Lubeley Emrich & Walsh, PC
7:40 – 8:05  The New 42s King & Spalding, Crowell & Moring
8:05 – 8:30 The Precedents McDermott Will & Emery, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, Covington & Burling LLP, ExxonMobil Corporation, US Trade and Development Agency
8:30 – 8:55 Big Sur Sidley Austin LLP
8:55 – 9:20 Beats Workin Hogan Lovells LLP, Alston & Bird LLP
9:20 – 9:45  Bill Early & the Collections Seyfarth Shaw LLP
9:45 – 10:10 Sutherland Comfort Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
10:10 – 10:35 Dangerous Communication Device Williams & Connolly LLP
10:35 – 11:00 The Unnamed Party Paul Hastings LLP, Hunton & Williams LLP
11:00 – 11:25 Attractive Nuisance Steptoe & Johnson LLP
11:25 – 11:50 PRINCESS Cooley LLP, Wiley Rein LLP
Discovery Stage
Playing Times Bands Law Firms/Sponsors
7:30 – 7:55 The Perks Perkins Coie LLP
7:55 – 8:20 Craving Oyer Ropes & Gray LLP
8:20 – 8:45 Law & Disorder Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
8:45 – 9:10 Kung Fu Gift Shop O’Melveny & Myers LLP
9:10 – 9:35 Jazz Ipsa Loquitur Foley & Lardner, Lerman Senter LLP

One band will be crowned Banding Together Championfor having raised the most money from the crowd through “Chicago-style” voting (each dollar contributed equals one vote – vote early and often!).  This year, the battle will take place on two stages at the Black Cat, so we expect to rock the whole house!  This year, GFTH is also featuring several guest emcees to help with the evening’s festivities, including Kris Van Cleave from the Capital Weather Gang and Amy Morris from WNEW, among others.  GFTH will use 100% of the money donated to purchase thermal underwear, sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats, gloves, socks, blankets and other essential new clothing items for homeless men, women, and children; the clothing is then distributed to approximately 35 shelters throughout the Washington metropolitan area.  GFTH’s goal for Banding Together 2012 is to exceed last year’s amazing total of over $150,000 raised.

The Black Cat is a live music venue committed to providing the best in local, national, and international independent and alternative music.  The Black Cat is also known for its delicious vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian food served from 8:00 pm until 1:00 am on weeknights at the Food for Thought Cafe.  “We are delighted that a great rock venue like the Black Cat has again generously partnered with us to host an event that is as much fun as it is worthwhile,” said GFTH board of directors member Walter Lohmann, the chief organizer of Banding Together 2012.  To date, nearly 60 law firms, associations, companies and individuals have sponsored Banding Together 2012.

All are invited to attend the event; the entire $10 cover charge benefits GFTH’s new clothing purchases.  For more information, please visit the Gifts for the Homeless web site at www.gfth.org.

Banding Together 2012 Sponsors:


Hogan Lovells US LLP


Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Hall of Fame 

Paul Hastings, LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

The Precedents

Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley Emrich & Walsh, P.C

Wilson-Epes Printing Co., Inc. 

Platinum Record 

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

Crowell & Moring LLP

Foley & Lardner LLP

King & Spalding

Legal Times

Sidley Austin LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Williams & Connolly LLP

Gold Record 

Arnold & Porter LLP

Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Cooley LLP


GaiaTech – Environmental Risk, Managed

Hunton & Williams LLP


Latham & Watkins LLP

Lerman Senter PLLC

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Perkins Coie LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Thomson Reuters

TransPerfect Legal Solutions

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Wiley Rein LLP

Rock Star

AU Law

Clutch Group, LLC

Dykema Gossett PLLC

ENVIRON International Corp.

Merrill Brink International

Ogeltree Deakins

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Rand Construction Corporation

Rock Creek Strategic Marketing

StoneTurn Group

TRAK Legal

Troutman Sanders LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP


Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Blackman Kallick Legal Staffing

Carr Maloney P.C.

Dow Lohnes PLLC

Matthew D. Michael

Royal Cup Coffee, Inc.

The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC

Venable LLP