With talent from Vega & Rivera, LLP; Perez & Caballero, APC; Law Offices of Gladdys Uribe; Law Offices of Carlos Cruz, APC; Gordon Professional Group; Johnston & Hutchinson, LLP Rocking Friday for Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic
With legal talent from Allen Matkins and Buchalter Rocking Saturday for Ketchum Downtown YMCA
Attractive Nuisance roared onto the Whisky stage for its inaugural Law Rocks! set in 2014. Law Rocks is thrilled that the Nuisance is bringing back its mosh-inspiring sound for 2016, in support of the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA. The Nuisance is: Eric Kennedy, David Ellis, David Iba, Carla Betz, and Chuck Jarrell.
With legal talent from Doll Amir & Eley Rocking Saturday for Walk With Sally
2015 Night One champs and 2016 Judges' Choice Award winners, BIG DICTA, are back and ready to rock! Doll Amir & Eley lawyers, Sunset Strip veterans -- the danger of rocking too hard is indeed present. This year, all amps will be set at 11.5 and more cowbell is guaranteed.
The Danger Band
Special guests from Capital Rocks with talent from Gerber Kawaski Wealth and Investment Managment Rocking Friday for The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home
The Danger Band was formed out of pure inspiration to bring back the art of music in a way that has been long neglected. Pure improvisational blues rock and roll. We want to take people on a musical journey without boundaries.
With legal talent from Latham & Watkins Rocking Friday for Bet Tzedek
Formed in late 2012 in anticipation of the 2nd Annual Law Rocks LA, Diversion is a band comprised entirely of Latham & Watkins personnel that has played consistently for the past four years since that first show at the Whisky. Throughout the year, the band performs regularly at a variety of clubs throughout Southern California such as the Troubadour, House of Blues, the Viper Room, and Molly Malones, as well as internal Latham events and other gatherings, often raising money for charities. More information about Diversion can be found at www.facebook.com/diversiontheband.
Down By Law
With legal talent from Reed Smith and Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete; Russ August & Kabat Rocking Saturday for LACBA Counsel for Justice
As hard-core devotees of the Starland Vocal Band, we first met at the Annual SVB Convention in Dubuque in 2012. Upon realizing that we that we all worked for the same law firm, we spontaneously broke into a 4 and a half-part harmony of “Afternoon Delight.” After that, we knew that we had to form our own band to make awesome music together. Our motto: OBOS!
Jimmy’s Brother is an LA-based rock n’ roll band. No gimmicks, no nonsense. Formed in 2009 after a chance meeting around an old hotel piano in downtown LA, the band is known for its high energy mix of originals and cover songs, late night impromptu concerts at the Omni, and a legendary 45-minute show at Casey’s on the final night of the band’s 2014 “Don’t Make this Weird” tour.
With talent from Spertus, Landes & Umhofer Rocking Friday for Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
Since childhood, Matthew Umhofer has dreamed of being on stage. His dream typically takes the form of a nightmare that concludes with Matthew arriving at center stage having forgotten both his pants and his lines, to the aversion and mockery of the onlooking crowd.
Law Rocks has given Matthew the opportunity to live out this dream annually.
This year marks his fifth exercise in rock mediocrity. His past Law Rocks lowlights include forgetting the words to Don't Stop Believin', losing his guitar pick during a chorus of Livin' on a Prayer, and auditory desecrations of venerable classics such as Shake It Off, Gangnam Style, and No Diggity.
He is both thrilled and surprised that the organizers are allowing him anywhere near this esteemed event again this year.
Matthew will abase himself this year for a charity that deserves far better: the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) a powerhouse organization dedicated to promoting the full participation of women in the legal system. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts and reality, Matthew has been as yet unable to secure Ryan Gosling’s commitment to participation in a duet-medley of songs and dances from “WLaLa Land.” Finger crossed, tho.
With legal talent from Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp Rocking Friday for Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS)
In 1997, Radiohead released OK Computer, one of the great rock records of all time, steeped in end of millennium paranoia and a distrust of the burgeoning electronic age. Two years later, we all waited with bated breath at midnight on New Year’s Eve, scared that the Y2K bug would bring all of modernity to a grinding halt. It didn’t. Instead, a new optimism took hold, and rock again found its strut, with bands like The Strokes and The White Stripes bringing back garage rock attitude, while Franz Ferdinand just wanted us to dance. A few years later, by 2003, that optimism had cracked under the weight of intervening events, when The Arcade Fire exhorted the masses, “Children, Wake Up!”
After donning full makeup and 80’s gear to bring you Cure, Smiths, and New Order covers last year, in their first Law Rocks appearance, the folks from Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (MSK) will bring you back to the turn of the millennium, playing hits by those bands that came out within a few years of the year 2000 (Y2K) – hence, MSK/Y2K. The band is made up of three attorneys and a paralegal MSK, helped by a couple of friends.
MSK/Y2K will again be playing to support Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS), an organization dedicated to providing free legal services to those with mental health disabilities. It’s a truly inspiring organization, led by a man who has devoted his entire legal career to helping the most vulnerable in our society. They deserve your support.
Please get your dancing (and moping) shoes on, be prepared to sing along, and come out and support MHAS.
Ocean Park Sound System
Featuring talented legal professionals from Raines Feldman Rocking Saturday for Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children
Ocean Park Sound System is a soul/funk reggae party. Featuring members of Raines Feldman LLP, Ocean Park Sound System came together out in the surf lineup and create a live groove mix of soul, reggae, funk, surf, and rock. The band plays around town and at fundraisers to keep the soul shakedown going!
Noise in the Basement
With legal talent from Venable and LexisNexis Rocking Saturday for Together We Bake
What could be better than winning the 2016 Law Rocks show at the esteemed 930 Club in Washington, DC? How about heeding the sagacious words of Horace Greeley and The Village People, "Go West," and having the chance to play at the iconic Whisky on the stage of our rock idols. Featuring legal professionals from Venable and LexisNexis, Noise in the Basement (when not on a West Coast tour) can be seen around the DC area interpreting hits from the last 40 years in their high energy post-punk styling. Don't worry California, we're from Washington and we're here to help...
Starring legal professionals from Perkins Coie Rocking Friday for City of Hope
Privileged Communications formed in early 2013 to represent Perkins Coie in the Law Rocks! competition in Hollywood, California against other firms such as Latham & Watkins and DLA Piper. Privileged Communications comprises partner Michael Wise on lead vocals, partner Joe Hamilton on guitar, counsel Lara Dueppen and associate Oliver Gold on keyboards and drums, respectively, and non-Perkins attorney Niall Fordyce on bass. While Privileged Communications does not have any available recordings currently, the group is in contract discussions with several large record labels and expects to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show within the next few years.
Best Friends Society Los Angeles
Best Friends Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. Best Friends is working collaboratively in Los Angeles with animal rescue groups, city shelters and passionate individuals who are all dedicated to the mission of making Los Angeles a no-kill city.
Bet, Tzedek, The House of Justice, provides free legal assistance to thousands of people who would otherwise be denied access to the legal system underpinning our democracy. Founded in 1974 by a few individuals seeking to act upon a central tenet of Jewish law and tradition “Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof — Justice, justice you shall pursue,” Bet Tzedek provides legal assistance to residents of Los Angeles County, regardless of their racial religious or ethnic background. Bet Tzedek’s mission, therefore, is to pursue equal justice for all.
City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading nonprofit research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
Los Angeles County Bar Association Counsel for Justice
Counsel for Justice brings together law firms, foundations, corporations, donors and volunteers in support of a more just Los Angeles. Together, we stand at the forefront of providing equal access to legal services in our community by raising funds and directly contributing at the frontlines of justice in five key areas: domestic violence, support of our veterans, immigration assistance, AIDS legal services and civic mediation.
The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home
The mission of The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home is to provide financial support for seniors and needy members of the Los Angeles Jewish community who are served by the Los Angeles Jewish Home, through residential and community-based programs.
Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children
The Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (LIJC) is a community-based collaboration of Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University, Homeboy Industries Inc., and Dolores Mission Church. LIJC’s dual-pronged mission is to advance the rights of the indigent immigrant population in East Los Angeles through direct legal services, education, and community empowerment, while teaching law students effective immigrants’ rights lawyering skills in a real world setting.
Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS)
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1977 to provide free legal services to people with mental disabilities. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination.
Together We Bake
Founded in 2012, Together We Bake is an empowerment based job training program for women in need of a second chance within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Together We Bake’s mission is to provide a comprehensive workforce training and personal development program to help women gain self-confidence, transferable workforce skills, and invaluable hands-on experience which will allow them to find sustainable employment and move toward self-sufficiency.
Walk With Sally
Walk With Sally is dedicated to providing free mentoring support programs and services to children whose parents, guardians or siblings have cancer or succumbed to cancer.
Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles ("WLALA") is dedicated to promoting the full participation of women lawyers and judges in the legal profession, maintaining the integrity of our legal system by advocating principles of fairness and equality, improving the status of women in our society including their exercise of equal rights and reproductive choice, and actively working towards the furtherance of these goals through WLALA's committees, sections and activities.
Serving Greater Los Angeles for 134 years, Ketchum-Downtown YMCA understands what our community needs to be its best. Working with generous donors like you, the Y provides everyone with the opportunity to grow, thrive, connect with others, and contribute to strengthening our community.
Stryker - Emcee
Since 1999, Ted Stryker has been a staple at KROQ and millions of Southern Californians are familiar with his voice as the drive-time DJ on The World Famous KROQ weekdays from 2pm to 6pm and his popular “4:20” feature that provides exposure for the best new artists. During his tenure at KROQ, Stryker has interviewed virtually every top rock musician in the world.
Outside of KROQ, Stryker works in front of the camera as a co-host on Red Bull TV during their worldwide broadcasts of popular music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, etc. as well as hosting shows on AXS TV, MTV, VH1, Fox Sports, Fuse, Direct TV, AMA Red Carpet pre-show, and the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. Stryker has appeared in the movies “Grandma’s Boy”, “Out Cold”, “The Sweetest Thing”, and was part of the incredible ensemble cast in the action/thriller “Sushi Girl”.
Richard is the Chief Executive Officer& Co-Founder, Shout! Factory, Richard has been in the entertainment business for over thirty-five years starting with a small record store named Rhino Records, and eventually growing it into an audio label with well over one hundred million dollars in annual revenue. He and his partner, Harold Bronson, sold Rhino to Time Warner in 1998.
In 2003, Richard and his partners started a new company, Shout! Factory. Purveyors of pop culture, Shout! specializes in creating unique products comprised of classic, contemporary and cult TV series and feature films, animation, live music, comedy specials, documentaries, etc. Whether uncovering old favorites or producing new ones, Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings are distinguished by its creativity, production value and appeal that spans generations. Shout! is one of the leading independent video and music companies in Entertainment.
Foos strongly believes in merging one’s social values with business and has installed a strong sense of purpose and giving back in all his business concerns. To this end he serves as Chairman Emeritus for Little Kids Rock and on the boards of The Nation Institute, Government Accountability Project, Youth Policy Institute, Tree Academy and other such non-profits that make a strong commitment to social progress. Foos is a 1967 graduate of Beverly Hills High School and a 1971 graduate of Whittier College. He and his family currently reside in Los Angeles.
Debbie White, partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP, has decades of music industry experience representing established and developing recording artists, songwriters, producers, managers, record companies, and publishing companies. Her clients include Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Regina Spektor and Stephan Moccio, as well as The Swon Brothers and Melanie Martinez, former contestants of The Voice.
Debbie’s primary emphasis is music negotiation and she regularly negotiates multimillion-dollar recording contracts, as well as publishing, live touring on a worldwide basis, film soundtrack and Broadway cast albums, and merchandising and sponsorship agreements. Artists and bands count on her to expand their interests beyond music through ventures such as book publishing, fragrance and cosmetic licensing agreements, non-scripted television deals, and infomercials.
She also represents a number of major brands and advertising agencies in music-related deals. Her recent experience includes licensing transactions and other agreements for brands such as Bank of America, Casio (G-Shock) and Citibank that involved deals with Eminem, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Katy Perry and Billy Idol, among others.
Debbie was named to Variety Magazine’s 2014 “New York Women’s Impact Report,” which recognized her as one of the most influential women in New York’s entertainment and media industry. She was one of just three attorneys recognized in the issue, which profiled influential women in the entertainment industry across a variety of disciplines. Debbie is also a member of the Board of Governors for the New York chapter of The Recording Academy.
Joe Trofino is the Associate General Counsel and a senior executive in the Legal Affairs Department at ICM Partners, one of the world’s largest talent and literary agencies with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London, where he focuses on general corporate legal matters including litigation, corporate contracts, regulatory compliance, insurance matters, real estate, employment, business development and legal policy matters. The agency represents creative and technical talent in the fields of motion picture, television, books, music, live performance, branded entertainment, and new media. Recently, Mr. Trofino was involved in ICM Partners’ acquisition of Headline Media Management, whose clients include Savannah Guthrie, Chris Berman, Wolf Blitzer, Mike Golic, Kevin Harlan, Mike Emrick, John Berman, Tom Jackson, Brad Nessler, Keith Hernandez, Brianna Keilar, Ryan Clark, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire, and Meredith Vieira, as ICM Partners expanded the company’s representation of on-air talent to news and sports broadcasters. Mr. Trofino joined ICM Partners in 2008.
Mr. Trofino currently lives in Culver City with his wife, Melissa, and 3 year old son/2032 NHL Draft prospect, Crosby, who (like his dad) enjoys a wide variety of music ranging from Ray Charles to Queen to his most recent favorite, House of Pain.
Matt Pinfield - Emcee
Matt Pinfield knew he wanted to be a disc jockey at 4 years old, and he’s come a long way from broadcasting out of his basement as a kid. His first commercial radio job was as a weekend/overnight/fill-in jock in Asbury Park in 1984. By ’95, he was named Manager of Music Programming for MTV. As Manager of Music Programming, Matt was one of the committee of 10 who picked and programmed the videos, and created specials for the channel during one of the most influential periods. Matt was asked to start hosting 120 Minutes.
After 120 Minutes, Matt went on to host and write the USA network TV show FarmClub.Com, where A-List artists played live alongside unknowns who uploaded their music to the show’s website.
When the show finished in 2011, Matt moved back to NYC, and was named Vice President of A&R and Artist Development for Rock at Columbia Records, where he signed and oversaw the making of many gold and platinum records. He was hired to do the first weekly music interview show on HDNet. The show lasted 4 seasons and featured interviews with artists from every genre.
Nowadays, Matt hosts the classic rock history syndicated weekend radio show Flashback for Cumulus Radio Networks. Matt has conducted over 1,000 interviews with such acclaimed artists as Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many more.
The Honorable Laurel Beeler
United States Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler was appointed in 2010. She has presided over and settled hundreds of cases in many subject areas, including intellectual property, employment, civil rights, and business disputes. Judge Beeler was a federal prosecutor in the Northern District of California, prosecuting complex white-collar cases with parallel civil components, and was the Office’s Professional Responsibility Officer and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Cecil F. Poole, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Civil Appeals Division Chief at the Ninth Circuit’s Office of Staff Attorneys. She trained as a mediator with the Northern District’s ADR Program, the Federal Judicial Center, and Harvard Law School. She was President of the Federal Bar Association, co-chair of the Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit, a board member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and a member of the Ninth Circuit’s Jury Trial Improvement Committee. She teaches regularly at Bay Area law schools, both full courses and occasional lectures, and has led rule-of-law projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Jordan, Ukraine, and Turkey. She graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Law, where she was Order of the Coif and an Articles Editor on the Washington Law Review. She received her A.B. with honors from Bowdoin College.
Judge Beeler’s litmus-test question for law clerks is, “Prince: like or love?” Major musical influences also include the Ramones, David Bowie, Cole Porter, the Sex Pistols, and the Smiths. She hosted a radio show in college and DJ’d the more-than-occasional party (a long time ago).
Shawn Dailey has been a professional touring and recording musician since the age of 17. Most recently he played bass for Courtney Love / Hole. He has also toured and recorded with several other critically acclaimed rock bands. He currently serves as Executive Director for the Take Me to The River Music Education Initiative, a charity that seeks to inspire a deeper understanding of civil rights, music history, and cross-generational collaboration.
Todd Sullivan is the VP of Music Supervision and Business Development at proTunes, a tech firm providing innovative search and licensing capabilities to artists, publishers, music supervisors and agencies. His work as a music supervisor for film and television industries was instrumental in the development of proTunes’ MusicLink, which serves as the exclusive music licensing platform for the Omnicom Group.
Prior to joining proTunes, Todd was an A&R executive at Virgin Records and Geffen Records, signing and developing artists like Weezer, Drivin N Cryin’, Southern Culture on the Skids, Ted Hawkins, Jackyl and Sloan, as well as working with artists like Guns N’ Roses. Todd also served as chairperson of the Grammy’s Alternative Music committee for more than ten years. Before his work at major labels, Todd began as a DJ and music director at KCSN and playing in bands in across the Los Angeles indie club scene.
Brian McDonald founded Thump Radio, Inc., in 1999 while in his 2nd year of law school. He served as President of Thump Radio until 2006 - overseeing Thump Radio's growth into the first nationally syndicated radio show specializing in the global underground sound of psytrance, guitar trance, techno, drum'n'bass, and house. In the early 2000s Thump Radio was the first to broadcast weekly 2 hour extended sets by the likes of future superstars such as Infected Mushroom, Bassnectar, Shpongle, S.U.N. Project, and Kaskade on FM stations and continent-wide on XM Satellite Radio. Brian also produced over 150 live events in the Bay Area and LA.
Since leaving Thump Radio, Brian became a new media product specialist working for Fox Interactive Media, Demand Media, and Live Nation. He now works as a consultant to a variety of technology, media and film production companies in the LA area. He recently launched a beta version of his new radio endeavor, Psybiza Radio, exclusively on www.psybiza.com.
Tony Sauza is the Los Angeles Program Director for Little Kids Rock, where he is supporting teachers in developing their programs across the southern California area. Tony has been working with Little Kids Rock since 2007 and is a firm believer in recreational music making and music therapy.
Tony received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Ethnomusicology with a minor in Chicana/o Studies. He received his master’s degree in Afro-Latin Music from California State University Los Angeles in 2012. He has been playing guitar for over 20 years and currently tours nationally as a performer and recording artist with his group, Cuicani. He is an avid supporter of music from around the world and has a deep passion for Afro-Caribbean music.
Michael J. Rastigue
Insurance industry executive (Jardine Lloyd Thompson) Business manager for rock band, "Leopold and his Fiction" Husband, father, step-father, grandpaman, brother, uncle, fly fisherperson, hunter, Cuban-cigar snob Graduate of Michigan Tech University and Oakland University (MBA)
As a Director of Development at Wilson Meany, Greg is responsible for the design, development, marketing and leasing of the Hollywood Park Retail Center, part of the new Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers football stadium development in Inglewood, CA. Part of Greg’s purview will include brining unique entertainment and music elements to the development to support the new 6,000 seat performance venue at Hollywood Park and add to areas existing focus on music given the success of the neighboring Forum.
Greg has been a long-time music enthusiast. He has played guitar for over 35 years and has been a member in several cover bands that have played from the Southbay to the Sunset Strip on a regular basis over the recent years.
Braeden Henderson is Little Kids Rock's Teacher Events Manager, helping to bring to fruition hundreds of events for the organization nationwide every year. After graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in ethnomusicology, he went on to teach music in groups at a Boys and Girls Club in Los Angeles, and in private lessons to kids and adults in their homes. He is also a veteran of the LA indie music scene, having sung and played guitar/bass in multiple bands over the last decade, including his current project, Fenway. He owns way too much musical equipment, and spends most days annoying his cat and dog with it.
Winifred Jow is a classically trained musician who used to play guitar and vox in a punk rock/alternative band. She was subsequently recruited to work for a major publishing company and has ten years of experience working with music publishing companies of all shapes and sizes. As a result of her transactional experience, she pursued a Juris Doctor degree in law and now works at a full service IP firm in Manhattan Beach, specializing in brand enforcement, trademark infringements, and copyright issues.
Back for its 5th appearance at Law Rocks, 12th Root of Two plays tunes from the Rolling Stones, the Who and other classic rock bands. Band members give back to the community, through Bar service, community volunteer activities, and playing for numerous charitable events in Northern California.
The Combinations is a large band from the SF office of Morgan Lewis. They combine a wicked horn section, great guitars and bass, amazing vocalists and phenomenal keyboard player. Along with our talented drummer, The Combinations hope that you enjoy their hybrid 70's R&B/Motown,funk vibe. We love playing together and believe that music makes the world a better place! Happy to lend our time and talent to fundraise!
Generator is a 4 piece classic rock 'n roll band comprised of lifetime musicians. It was established in 2009 and plays a mix of original songs along with classic covers from artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stone's and Bob Dylan. Generator has performed throughout California and has a self-titled CD of 8 original songs. The band has been described as high energy, fun and thoroughly entertaining.
Featuring legal talent from Farella, Braun + Martel/Winston & Strawn Rocking for Rocket Dog Rescue
JIMMY'S BROTHER is an LA-based rock n’ roll band. No gimmicks, no nonsense. Just vocals, guitars, and attitude. Formed in 2009 after a chance meeting around an old hotel piano in downtown LA, the band is known for its high energy mix of originals and cover songs, late night impromptu concerts at the Omni, and their legendary one night only show at Casey's last August. Some boldly claim that Jimmy's Brother is one of the best acts to emerge from Winston & Strawn's Los Angeles office in recent years.
Born and bred right here in San Francisco, the core members met for the first time in the SOMA district of the city. With an edge towards the heavier side, The SOMAs combine their love of power chords and lively tempos in a collage of popular cover songs guaranteed to move feet and raise hands.
ACLU of Northern California
Blue Bear School of Music
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
Legal Services for Children
Rocket Dog Rescue
St. Anthony's San Francisco
Austin Clubhouse exists to provide acceptance and empowerment so adults living with mental health diagnoses can pursue personal goals and play a meaningful role as co-workers, colleagues, family members and friends.
Austin Pets Alive!
The mission of Austin Pets Alive! is to promote and provide the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals.
CARY: Council for At Risk Youth
CARY empowers at-risk youth with the skills to avoid crime and violence.
Music for Mustangs
Music for Mustangs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to help protect and promote the American Mustang horse through the use of live music.
Free Store Austin
We believe that in God's world there is enough for all people, and extend that abudance by freely giving clothing and household goods to all who come through the FreeStore doors.
The SIMS Foundation has provided mental health and addiction recovery services for Austin-area musicians and their families since 1995.
To those of you who were full of teen angst in the 1990s: welcome to your midlife crisis. Alice in Pearls is here to help you through it. We're a Baker Botts patent litigator, a Dell corporate lawyer, and three great dudes who haven't passed the Texas State Bar, who never outgrew our flannel phase and who still rock to the hits from the last great era of rock music. If you love Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, STP, etc., you'll love -- or at least like -- Alice in Pearls! And if not? Oh well, whatever. Nevermind. (Alice in Pearls is proud to support the Council on At-Risk Youth).
The Bad Precedents
Featuring legal talent from Dunnam & Dunnam LLP Rocking for Workers Defense Project
The Bad Precedents consist of a group of political hacks who literally formed a rock band in a state capitol office during a legislative session. All members worked in the Texas legislature. One of them even was a legislator. All are lawyers, but one. And the only non-lawyer knows more about the practice of law than the lawyers.
Will Hutson and Chris Harris are law partners in Waco, Texas. They were told to write blogs for their website, and they were terrible at that. So when their I.T. department recommended that Hutson & Harris start doing legal themed music videos instead of blogs, a moderate internet sensation was born. They have been featured in publications as varied as the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal. Armed with acoustic guitars and humorous musical legal advice, they rock (softly). Hutson & Harris are honored to be supporting Austin’s SIMS FOUNDATION.
While Jack Flack features a broad array of backgrounds, including lawyers, a doctor, and an engineer, they all have one thing in common: They love to rock! With years of combined experience and training, the band is well versed in styles ranging from classic rock to country to funk. They strive to bring the highest level of energy and excitement to every show, and will do the same at Law Rocks. Jack Flack is proud to be playing on behalf of Austin Clubhouse and to support mental health.
RG & Friends
Featuring legal talent from Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Rocking for FreeStore Austin
RG & Friends consists of a rotating mash up of musicians who are friends of Richard Gober, an attorney by day, and occasional front man of an Austin band called Panic Stricken on the off days. This line up will feature fellow attorney Chad Eaton on guitar and vocals. The line may also include a rhythm section and back up players who are a truck driver and problem solver, software programmer/political genius/and all around do everything awesome kind of guy, and one drum teacher and incredible player as our "ringer." We will play a bunch of vintage rock with all of our hearts. If any of you are familiar with Panic Stricken or RG already, then you know that a jam or two will happen in the mix. We will be raising money for the Free Store, here in Austin, TX.
Featuring legal talent from Law Offices of Al Staehely, Jr. Rocking for Music for Mustangs
Austin natives and formerly of the band Spirit, the Staehely Brothers embody a rich musical history dating back to the 1970’s golden era of rock and roll. Releasing their first album together in 1973 under Epic Records, Al and John Staehely have written and performed music for many acclaimed artists and have performed together all around the world.
Suspension is an acoustic group consisting of Jared (guitar, percussion, vocals) and Jason (guitar, piano, vocals). Having both previously played in other bands, they decided to take a different route with Suspension by operating as a duo and easing off the distortion pedal. They now recreate their favorite music in a stripped-down format. As Jared and Jason each have adopted pets (shout out to Kaiba, Éowyn, and Alamo), they are happy to be playing for Austin Pets Alive!
As SVP of Client Services at JND Legal Administration, a premier legal management and administration company, Amanda leads the client services team by driving strategic direction and ensures remarkable client experience. In addition to consulting with key decision makers, Amanda has currently taken on the charge of growing JND’s operations team on the west coast.
Amanda’s career is impressive and began right out of high school where she worked for a legal administration company. While climbing the ranks she put herself through school at UCLA and law school before practicing law herself in the class action sector. Her vast legal background brought her back to legal administration in 2005. During her tenure, Amanda has led many significant music industry administrations – including the Napster Copyright Litigation and the NMPA Late Fee Program, a 2010 out-of-court settlement between major music labels and music-publishers.
But Amanda isn’t all business; she’s quite the rocker herself. Singing since childhood, Amanda has fronted numerous bands. Most recently Amanda is the vocalist for The Multipliers, a band she formed with clients. The Multipliers was specifically assembled to support The Western Center on Law and Poverty for Law Rocks SF, where they took the Great American Music Hall by storm in 2015 and 2016.
"In-house lawyer by day, Rock-star by night. Hilary Gevondyan currently serves as Vice President, Associate General Counsel at First Republic Bank, where she provides strategic and day-to-day advice to executives, bankers, board members, and other key bank personnel regarding consumer and commercial lending transactions, facilities issues, deposit and fraud matters, special assets, and secondary market considerations. Previously, Hilary was in private practice with two large, international law firms where she had a particular niche with regard to hospitality assets and tax credit transactions and led the acquisition, disposition, and/or financing of over 50 hotels and 20 affordable housing projects.
Hilary is passionate about her family, community and civic engagement (including immigration and domestic violence related pro-bono work), singing (founding member and lead singer of 3-time Law Rocks champion band!), and she is currently re-learning how to play the piano. She has been an adjunct professor at University of California’s Berkeley School of Law and Hastings College of the Law. She is a graduate of Leadership San Francisco (sponsored by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce) and was awarded Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 under 40. Hilary received her JD from Harvard Law School (where she was the Editor in Chief of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review) and a BS from Boston University (summa cum laude).
Workers Defense Project
Workers Defense Project (WDP) is a membership-based organization that empowers low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships.
Kayleigh is a music critic who writes for local Austin music site Ovrld and reviews albums at Paste and Consequence of Sound. Her work has also been published in Pitchfork, The Austin American-Statesman, Vox, and Bustle.
Jamie Schue graduated with degrees in Spanish and Print Journalism from Texas State University in 2007. After working as a legal assistant at a small law firm and as an office manager for a wind developer, he went to law school in 2009. Jamie spent his first two years at St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio and his third year as a transient student at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, graduating from St. Mary’s in 2012. Since then he’s been a transactional attorney at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), where he focuses on cybersecurity in procurement to better protect ERCOT and the Texas electric grid. In his spare time he's previously served as a CASA volunteer and a member of the Texas Midwifery Board. He currently serves as a board member at Austin Discovery School and as Board President at Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts.
Charles D. Jarrell
Charles “Chuck” Jarrell is a partner at Allen Matkins whose practice focuses on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on complex business disputes and commercial fraud claims. His practice encompasses a broad spectrum of litigation, including real estate, partnership, environmental, and construction disputes.
Mr. Jarrell also serves on the board of Law Rocks and the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA. When he is not serving his community, Chuck is the band leader and guitarist for Attractive Nuisance, 2017 Law Rocks LA champions. He has also served as the emcee of Law Rocks events.