2017 Saturday champs & Judges' Choice Award winners! With legal talent from Allen Matkins and Buchalter Rocking for Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
Attractive Nuisance roared onto the Whisky stage in 2014 for its inaugural Law Rocks! set. The Nuisance won the Judges' Choice Award in 2016 and won both the Saturday night concert and the Judges' Choice Award in 2017. Since last year’s event, the Nuisance has played gigs all over Southern California, from Agoura Hills to Hermosa Beach. Law Rocks is thrilled that the Nuisance is bringing back its mosh-inspiring sound for 2018 in support of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ). The LACLJ is a free legal clinic in East LA providing services primarily to domestic violence survivors. The Nuisance could not be more proud to represent these brave individuals.
With legal talent from Doll Amir & Eley Rocking Saturday for Redondo Beach Police Foundation
2015 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.
Featuring legal talent from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Rocking for ALS Association - Golden West Chapter
Don’t let the name fool you. The Doughboys rock it hard. Mixing original lyrics to familiar beats and riffs, they are as deft with a mic as they are with a memo. The quintet from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman will rock for the ALS Association’s Golden West Chapter, and they’re ready to prove that it’s all about that bassoon, ‘bout that bassoon, no treble.
Down By Law
With legal talent from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete; Reed Smith Rocking 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!
With talent from Spertus, Landes & Umhofer Rocking for Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
Law Rocks is a bit like life—you get to pretend you’re a rock star when in fact you’re middle management. Matthew Umhofer embodies this, returning to the stage steeped in both pretense and mediocrity. Just ask his partners at the internationally unrenowned law firm of Spertus, Landes & Umhofer, who successfully convinced him that everybody always remembers the guy after the ampersand—we all forget that Skadden dude, but everybody knows Flom’s the bomb, amirite?
Matthew is a Grammy award-viewing artist best known for last year’s stomach-churning rendition of Danger Zone, which offended Kenny Loggins, Maverick, and the Iceman for very different reasons. This year, Matthew will be performing again on behalf of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, an esteemed and venerable organization that appreciates his enthusiasm but respectfully requests that he not do the part where he sings this year.
To prepare for this year’s epic rock sesh, he’ll be taking time off from his full time jobs: (i) getting his colleagues to do as much of his work as possible while claiming credit for the wins; (ii) convincing his young daughters that Patrick Swayze’s performance in Roadhouse was Oscar-worthy; and (iii) tending his office shrine to Robert Mueller while repeatedly whispering, “Please hurry.”
2017 Friday Judges' Choice Award winners! With legal talent from Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp Rocking for Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS)
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.
2017 Friday night champs! Starring legal professionals from Perkins Coie Rocking 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.
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.
Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
We fight for the rights of vulnerable families and advocate for a more just legal system. Our vision is a strong community where families are safe, stable and free from injustice.
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.
Redondo Beach Police Foundation
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.
All Stars Project of the San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Youth EMT Program
Blue Bear School of Music
Family Violence Appellate Project
Rocket Dog Rescue
St. Anthony's San Francisco
12th Root of 2
Starring legal talent from Hanson Bridgett; Kessenick, Gamma and Free; Peter Logan Law Offices Rocking for St. Anthony's San Francisco and Blue Bear School of Music
Back for its 6th 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.
Featuring legal talent from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Rocking for Child Advocates
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!
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. 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.
The Latent Defects
Featuring legal talent from Greenberg Traurig Rocking for Family Violence Appellate Project
Formed in 2017 for the 2017 FVAP fundraiser, The Latent Defects (f.k.a. Attractive Nuisance) are proud to play at Law Rocks for the first time! The GT band, which managed to win “Judges Choice” during their last outing, includes GT folks from receptionist all the way to shareholder plus a crankin’ bass player from K&L Gates. They are ramping up a set of late-90s hits and are proud to be supporting the Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP) for this upcoming event.
Featuring legal talent from Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger Rocking for Bay Area Youth EMT Program
From one of the premier personal injury firms in the Bay Area comes a four-piece rock ensemble that will compel you to move. San Francisco’s own Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger has been delivering 7 and 8 figure results for their clients for over 6 decades. The firm’s first-ever band, Magnum PI, has been melting faces with 7- to 8-minute renditions of classic rock songs for just over 6 months. If the Battle of the Bands doesn’t settle out of court, this outfit is ready to go to verdict.
Featuring legal talent from Latham & Watkins Rocking for All Stars Project of the San Francisco Bay Area
Covering a wide variety of rock and roll classics, Montgomery Station is thrilled to again be a part of this year’s “Law Rocks” Charity Concert! Led by the powerful lead vocals of Peter Wald from Latham & Watkins, Montgomery Station’s roster of talent includes several Latham & Watkins attorneys along with some of their industry friends from Altschuler Berzon, Cornerstone Consulting, and TM Financial Forensics. Originally known as Willful Misconduct, Montgomery Station has been playing together since 2013. The band performs hits by the greats like The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, CCR, and Tom Petty, and regularly performs throughout the Bay Area. Montgomery Station is proud to support and play on behalf of “The All Stars Project of the SF Bay Area” and hopes you enjoy rocking out with the band!
Featuring legal talent from Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein Rocking for Ms. JD
While Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 enables class actions it may not seem like a wellspring for roots rock and roll -- but it is! And Lieff Cabraser's R23s are in a class all their own as they take personal jurisdiction over your dancin' shoes when they rip their way through gold standards in support of Ms. JD.
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.
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, Washington D.C. 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. Mr. Trofino joined ICM Partners in 2008. Mr. Trofino currently lives in Culver City with his wife, Melissa, and 4 year old son/2032 NHL first round draft prospect, Crosby.
Dan Flores is a Senior Vice President and the head of litigation at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. Prior to joining MGM in 2013, he practiced in the Los Angeles office of Gibson Dunn in the areas of entertainment, intellectual property, and antitrust law. Dan received his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School in 2002 and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Music from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1999. He serves on the board of the Jazz Education Network, the leading organization supporting college and high school jazz educators and students, and he has previously served on the President’s Council at the Colburn School. Dan currently plays tenor saxophone with Gary Greene and His Big Band of Barristers, an institution in the Los Angeles legal community that has allegedly been declared as America’s #1 Legal Band by the American Bar Association. Once upon a time he could also play clarinet, guitar, bass, and piano reasonably well but now he is admittedly kind of a hack. Dan’s favorite non-lawyer band is Fishbone.
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.
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)
"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).
Don Hardy is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, and storyteller. Don’s new film, Pick of the Litter, premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2018 and was purchased by IFC Films/Sundance Selects for theatrical distribution.
Currently, Don is in production on two new feature documentaries: A Band Called Failure about the influential 90’s rock band, Failure and Camp Penn which tells the story of the birth and growth of Sean Penn’s aid organization J/P HRO after a catastrophic earthquake shook Haiti in 2010.
Don’s previous film, Theory of Obscurity, about the legendary music and art collective known as The Residents, premiered at SXSW in 2015 and was released theatrically by Film Movement in April of 2016.
Over the years, Don has won numerous awards for his films, photography, and editing including 6 regional Emmys, 3 Edward R. Murrow Awards, 7 Associated Press Awards, the prestigious San Francisco Bay Area Photographer of the Year Award and more than 15 National Press Photographer Association Awards.
Don’s film The Human Experiment was released in theaters by Area 23a and on VOD by FilmBuff in the spring of 2015. Narrated and executive produced by Oscar® winner Sean Penn, the film lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes and inside of us.
Don also served as Director of Photography on Batkid Begins, which premiered at Slamdance in early 2015. Batkid Begins was released by Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema in June 2015.
In 2011, Don’s film, Love Hate Love, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film won several film festival awards and had its US broadcast premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2012.
His first film, Witch Hunt, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 and was broadcast on MSNBC.
Tony Berman (firstname.lastname@example.org): Tony Berman is the founder of Berman Entertainment and Technology Law, a law firm focusing on issues implicated by the convergence of technology and the entertainment industry. His primary practice areas involve negotiation of entertainment contracts and advising clients on legal issues involved in the formation of entertainment-related organizations and protection of copyrights and trademarks. His clients include record companies, multimedia companies, app developers, game companies, online content distribution companies, professional sport organizations, management companies, film and television production companies, presenters of live entertainment, music venues, publishers, producers, technologists and industry executives as well as writers, performers and artists.
Tony is the editor-in-chief of Multimedia & Entertainment Law Online News (MELON) and a contributing editor to Entertainment Industry Contracts, published by Matthew Bender. He is also an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law where he teaches Negotiating and Drafting Contracts in the Entertainment Business.
Tony has served on the board of governors of The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter and the AFTRA Advisory Board of Managers and Attorneys. He was the chair of the Sports and Entertainment Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco from 1998 through 1999.
He frequently speaks at entertainment industry conferences including the South By Southwest Music & Media Conference, the SF MusicTech Summit, the NAB Conference, the Summer Music Conference, the Bandwidth Conference, the Global Entertainment and Media Summit, the Music Law Summit West, the Future of Music Policy Summit, California Lawyers for the Arts Music Business Seminar and the Streaming Media Conference. Tony has been interviewed by media including CNN, CNET, NBC, KGO Radio, Tech TV, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Wired, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Chronicle.
Prior to practicing law, Tony was involved in the entertainment industry as a manager, producer, performer and concert presenter.
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.