Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, 2017
Whisky a Go Go
$155,000 in total fundraising
Friday, March 24 Winner: Privileged Communications of Perkins Coie for City of Hope
Friday, March 24 Judges' Choice Award: MSK/Y2K of MSK for Mental Health Advocacy Services
Saturday, March 25 Winner: Attractive Nuisance of Allen Matkins/Buchalter for Ketchum-Downtown YMCA
Saturday, March 25 Judges' Choice Award: Attractive Nuisance of Allen Matkins/Buchalter for Ketchum-Downtown YMCA
What a weekend! We're proud to share that the Sixth Annual Law Rocks Los Angeles was a major success - breaking our record with over $155,000 raised. Huge thanks to our sponsors, the bands, nonprofit guests, the incredible opening bands from Little Kids Rock, the crew at Whisky A Go-Go, our Rock Panel of Judges, emcee extraordinaire, Ted Stryker, and of course the audience!!
Friday night's lineup was amazing! The eclectic mix of bands and musical talent onstage kept the crowd cheering. At the end of the night Privileged Communications of Perkins Coie LLP took home their second straight win, raising over 13K for City of Hope. The Judges' Choice Award went to the final band of the night, MSK/Y2K of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP who rocked the Whisky for Mental Health Advocacy Services!
Saturday seriously rocked. The bands killed it with insane sets, and the audience couldn't get enough! Competition was tight but coming out on top with the overall win AND Judges' Choice was Attractive Nuisance of Allen Matkins and Buchalter who raised over 8K for Ketchum Downtown YMCA!
The event starred legal professionals from:
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete
Doll Amir Eley
Farella Braun + Martel
Gordon Professional Group
Johnston & Hutchinson
Latham & Watkins
Law Offices of Gladdys Uribe
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp
Perez & Caballero
Russ August & Kabat
Spertus, Landes & Umhofer
Vega & Rivera
Winston & Strawn
& Special Capital Rocks Guests from Gerber Kawasaki
Click on a band to learn more!
In addition to the band-selected nonprofits below, the Sixth Annual Law Rocks Los Angeles benefited Little Kids Rock, and each night opened with a performance by these amazing young musicians.
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to building a world where kids can live rich, purposeful lives by ensuring that all public school children have the opportunity to unlock their inner music makers. Their mission aligns perfectly with ours, and we were proud to have them as a beneficiary.
We were incredibly grateful to have the following esteemed Rock Panel of Judges!
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”.
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.
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.
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.