Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The Katrina Law Firm Challenge Continues: They Continue to Come On Board!

THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED REGULARLY AS NEW FIRMS JOIN

As noted below, I've challenged other law firms to join Foley & Lardner LLP in matching donations by their people up to an aggregate of $100,000. Hugh Hewitt reported on his show this evening that Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has taken the challenge. Hugh said he had heard that O'Melveny & Myers LLP is also on board.

UPDATE: I just got an e-mail from Hugh telling me that Dewey Ballantine LLP, a venerable and famous New York-based firm, has joined the challenge.

UPDATE: Winston & Strawn LLP is now on the list. Thanks to my old friend Tom Stromberg for passing the word along!

These are three of the finest law firms in the USA. We already have both coasts covered. I honor these firms' leadership in this effort, and I am sure others will be joining soon.

If someone from Gibson and O'Melveny will e-mail me at lbrown[at] foley.com and confirm your firm's participation, I'll post that information here (along with anything else you want me to post, with your permission) and make sure Hugh recognizes you on-air.

Let's keep this going!

THE HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF LAW FIRM CHALLENGE LIST
(With excerpts from each firm's web site)

Foley & Lardner LLP

"Foley & Lardner LLP is a highly regarded, national law firm providing client-focused, interdisciplinary services that result in high-value legal counsel for our clients.

"Our practice areas encompass the full range of corporate legal services, including corporate governance and compliance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, labor and employment, intellectual property and IP litigation, and tax. Our attorneys are recognized as insightful thought leaders on these and many other of today's most complex business issues."

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

"Gibson Dunn enjoys a rare place among the world's leading law firms. Consistently ranked as one of the leading law firms in the world, Gibson Dunn serves individuals and industries at the forefront of the economy, including those enterprises shaping the future in the world of business."

UPDATE: I heard from Dr. T. Steven Roosevelt of Boise, Idaho, whose son is with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Dr. Roosevelt reports that Gibson Dunn has "matched and raised the ante" in this challenge:

From the New York Law Journal . . .

"The Red Cross was the designated agency for an immediate $100,000 firm contribution from Los Angeles'Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, one-fifth of whose 780 lawyers are in New York. Managing Partner Kenneth M. Doran expects that amount to increase dramatically with individual donations."

Let's give some virtual applause to Gibson Dunn!

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

"O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a values-driven law firm guided by the principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship. With the breadth, depth, and foresight to serve clients competing in a global economy, our attorneys devise innovative approaches to resolve problems and achieve business goals. Established in 1885, the firm maintains 13 offices around the world, with more than 900 attorneys."

Dewey Ballantine LLP

"Dewey Ballantine is one of the most highly regarded names in the legal profession, consistently ranked among the handful of firms with the breadth and caliber of practice to serve the complex needs of a discerning client base. For almost 100 years, Dewey Ballantine has garnered success in high-profile transactions and landmark litigation."

Winston & Strawn LLP

"For 150 years, Winston & Strawn LLP has made it a goal to provide clients with the highest quality legal representation. Founded in 1853 by Frederick H. Winston, the firm is one of the nation's oldest and largest. With nearly 900 attorneys and offices located in major business centers around the world, including Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Geneva, Paris, and London, we are well positioned to effectively serve our clients' needs in the global economy."

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