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ATL Field Trip: The Battle of the Law Firm Bands (Part 1)
ATL Field Trip: The Battle of the Law Firm Bands (Part 2)
ATL Field Trip: The Battle of the Law Firm Bands (Part 3)
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Lawyers from prominent area law firms competed in a hotly contested sixth 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 a premier hot-spot in DC’s historic U Street district (1811 14th Street, NW), partnered with GFTH to host “Banding Together 2009” on Thursday, June 18, from 7:00 pm to midnight.


At the stroke of midnight, Dangerous Communication Device was crowned champion for having raised the most money from the crowd through “Chicago-style” voting (each dollar equals one vote – vote early and often!). GFTH will use 100% of the money donated to purchase thermal underwear, sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats, gloves, underwear, socks, blankets and other essential new clothing items for homeless men, women, and children; the clothing is distributed to more than 30 shelters throughout the metro area. GFTH raised over $80,000 in connection with Banding Together 2009.

GFTH chose the Black Cat as the site for “Banding Together” because of its unmatched reputation for great music. The Black Cat is a live music venue committed to providing the best in local, national and international independent alternative music. The Black Cat is also known for its delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian food served until 1:00 am on week nights at the Food for Thought Café. “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 2009. Dozens of law firms and other companies have signed up as Banding Together 2009 sponsors and donors.

Banding Together 2009 Lineup:

  • 7:15 – 7:40 — Electric Mud (Dow Lohnes PLLC; Patton Boggs LLP)
  • 7:40 – 8:05 — On-Kilter (Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP)
  • 8:05 – 8:30 — Pleather (Crowell & Moring LLP)
  • 8:30 – 8:55 — The Quitterz (Alston & Bird LLP)
  • 8:55 – 9:20 — Waterson (Sutherland)
  • 9:20 – 9:45 — Big Sur (Sidley Austin LLP)
  • 9:45 – 10:10 — Backyard Blues Band (McGuiness & Yager; Ogletree Deakins; Fabiani & Company)
  • 10:10 – 10:35 — Dangerous Communication Device (Williams & Connolly LLP)
  • 10:35 – 11:00 — The Precedents (McDermott Will & Emery LLP; Constantine Cannon LLP)
  • 11:00 – 11:25 — One For The Governor (Crowell & Moring; Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP)
  • 11:25 – 11:50 — WMD and the Bad Ass Brass Band (Latham & Watkins LLP; Law Office of Richard Goldberg)

GFTH plans to sponsor Banding Together 2010. For more information about Banding Together 2010, please visit the Gifts for the Homeless web site at Media Contacts: Larry Williams (202) 622-3835;
Bart Epstein, President (703) 486-0284


Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Platinum Record

Alston & Bird, LLP
Constantine Canon LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
Dow Lohnes & Albertson LLP
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Foley & Lardner LLP
Legal Times
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Williams & Connolly LLP
Wilson-Epes Printing Co., Inc.

Gold Record

ENVIRON International Corp.
Latham & Watkins LLP
Law Offices of Richard Goldberg
Navigant Consulting
White & Case LLP

Rock Star

Access Litigation Support
Fabiani & Company
GaiaTech, Inc.
HR Policy Association
Kelley Drye
McGuiness & Yager
Merrill Corporation
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP
Rand Construction Corporation
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Winston & Strawn


Alan M. Feldbaum, ERM
Andrew M. Kramer, Esq.
Arnold & Porter LLP
Baker & Botts, L.L.P.
Dan Yager
Hogan & Hartson LLP
Office Movers
PaperCraft, Inc.
Patton Boggs LLP
Rent A Crate
Reprodocs, Inc.
Rock Creek Strategic Marketing
Royal Cup
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Superior Glacier
SUNNY’s Executive Sedan Service
Thomas L. Mills, Esq.
Washington Express Corp.
Wilkinson Barker
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