Thursday, September 27, 2018
Winner: Guy Incognito of Greenberg Traurig / Loeb & Loeb for LAF Chicago
Judges' Choice Award: Man Fighting Bear of The John Marshall Law School for Community Legal Clinics at The John Marshall Law School
It was a fantastic night at the Inaugural Annual Law Rocks Chicago last Thursday! Four bands rocked Lincoln Hall for local charities (and rock glory). The vibe was energetic and the bands were enthusiastic - a great inaugural event in the Windy City.
A big thank you to our guests from the SCL Construction Law conference, the Rock Panel of Judges, every single band, audience member, nonprofit guest, and the Lincoln Hall team. And huge thanks to our sponsors - Greenberg Traurig, The John Marshall Law School, and Secretariat International.
Featuring legal talent from Amari & Locallo; Johnson & Bell; Law Office of Thomas M. Battista
Rocking for Juvenile Justice Initiative
Three lawyers and three businessmen, none of us professional musicians, 5-thirty was conceived on 5/30/2004 during happy hour on Chicago’s Rush Street. Though many believe our name refers to happy hour, it refers to the date. Soon thereafter, through a series of coincidences, the rest of the band was formed. Like the Beatles and U2, we still have our original members- Matto Vox, Big Bass Scott, Axl Los, Allen O’Sax, Tommy Sticks and Johnny Keys. For years the band practiced in a northwest side garage performing for the occasional driver that stopped his car in the alley to light a cigarette. The word must have gotten out because neighbors, friends and even dogs began listening too. Our goal was to play at a Chicago bar. Our big break was a charity event at Buddy Guy’s Legends in 2011. We thought it would be our first and only rock show. But after the crowd went nuts, we decided to keep on rocking. Though we now play regularly in bars, we are 5-thirty and we are a garage band!
Featuring legal talent from Greenberg Traurig LLP; Loeb & Loeb LLP
Rocking for LAF Chicago
Guy Incognito has been playing the Chicago music scene intermittently since 2007, after having finally outgrown their mothers' basements. The band's tight harmonies and foundational piano are grounded by the enveloping guitar of award-winning songwriter Barry Horwitz. Guy Incognito began as the reunion of front man Horwitz—now a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig—with his longtime collaborator and keyboard player Rob Newman—now a partner at Loeb & Loeb—and drummer Scott Hinden, a trio that released their first album in 1998 as Recollection. Early on, the band found its rocking sound through the addition of the legendary Alex Howe on lead guitar, and its creative endeavors culminated in the band’s first EP The Great Unknown, released in 2016. For Law Rocks Chicago, the band is proud to be joined by the ever-talented Loeb & Loeb associate Ryan Martin on bass and Greenberg Traurig associate Kyle Flynn on guitar, and to raise money for LAF—the largest provider of free civil legal aid services in Chicagoland.
Ready once again to delight audiences with its self-aware swagger and bring its awkward jubilee to the drunken masses, Guy Incognito -- who's that?
With legal talent from The John Marshall Law School; U.S. Government
Rocking for Community Legal Clinics at The John Marshall Law School
Man Fighting Bear is a rock band based in Chicago, IL where two of the three members live. The other one lives in Hampton, VA.
Bill Beach plays piano, organ, synth, and sings backup.
Chris Beach plays drums, percussion, sequencers, and sings backup.
Erik Fagrelius plays bass and sings lead vocal.
Chris is Bill's son. Erik is Bill's best friend. Bill is a former Dean of The John Marshall Law School where Erik and Chris currently work.
Prior to joining Keating Chambers in 1981, Sir Vivian Ramsey had previously enjoyed a notable earlier career in civil engineering. Gaining a degree in Engineering Science from Oriel College, Oxford, he went on to work with Ove Arup in both London and Libya. Following his move to the Bar, Sir Vivian Ramsey quickly established his expertise in construction and engineering disputes. Showing a particular affinity for international cases, he was soon practising in many parts of the world, including appearances before courts in the Far East and West Indies and arbitrations in four continents
Appointed to the High Court Bench in 2005, Sir Vivian Ramsey was voted Construction Silk of the Year by Chambers Directory. He served as Head of Chambers from 2002 until his appointment to the Bench in 2005. He was appointed the Judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court in 2007. In 2011, he was appointed the Judge in charge of the Estates and Chairman of the Judicial Advisory Group on IT. In 2012, he was appointed the Judge in charge of the implementation of the reforms arising from Sir Rupert Jackson’s Review of Civil Litigation Costs: Final Report. Sir Vivian Ramsey retired from the UK bench in late 2014 and appointed to the new Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) in early 2015.
He continues as joint editor, with Stephen Furst QC, of the latest edition of Keating on Construction Contracts. Most importantly perhaps, Sir Vivian is a Trustee of The Law Rocks Foundation and has supported our initiatives since the concept became a reality back in 2009.
Rick Vittenson is half of the Chicagoland duo Athanor. The band was founded in 1973, releasing three singles, and was rediscovered in 2010, resulting in their being signed by Guerssen Records, which released two albums,Flashback and Inside Out. Their third album, Hills of the Universe, will be released by Kool Kat Records this fall. They’ve recorded with the help of members of numerous Chicago area bands, including The Del-Vetts, The Mauds, Graced Lightning and Shoes. Formerly the Director of Copyrights and Contracts and the Director of the Center for Continuing Legal Education for the American Bar Association, where he was a member of the ABA’s house band, Malpractice, Rick is presently the Contract Administrator for Rotary International.
David Silbaugh is best known as a Talent Buyer for Summerfest, "The World's Largest Music Festival", in Milwaukee, WI. The 11 day festival books over 800 artists in nearly all genres, featuring international headlining artists as well as emerging artists. He also produces the noted Emerging Artists Series for the festival. Silbaugh has served as an A&R Consultant for GMR Marketing aswell, having previously spent 4 years in that role for Banshee Music under the GMR Marketing umbrella. Banshee Music was a “sonic branding” agency, creating custom music for sports teams, sporting events, and brands. With a diverse background in music and the music business, David is also a voting member of The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) and currently serves on The Recording Academy Advocacy Committee (Chicago/Midwest), the Board of Directors for Sing Me A Story, and the Advisory Board for FestForums.
DALIAH SAPER is a member of the Illinois Bar and both the General Bar and Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She has handled many high profile cases (including one she argued before the Illinois Supreme Court) and is regularly interviewed on national tv, radio, and in several publications including: Fox News, CNBC, ABC News, The Chicago Tribune, WGN Radio, and NPR. She has received the honor of being named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine ten years in a row, is recognized as a leading Media and Entertainment lawyer by Chambers and Partners, was featured on the cover of TheXemplar magazine, was profiled by the Chicago Law Bulletin and recognized as one of that publication’s “Emerging Lawyers of 2017,” and has been nominated for the prestigious ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.
Most significantly, Daliah was named to Crain’s Chicago‘s 2017 list “60 Most Influential Women Lawyers,” which highlighted her “cutting-edge” internet and social media practice, and Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s 2012 list “40 Attorneys Under 40,” an incredibly competitive roster of accomplished attorneys compiled from thousands of highly qualified nominations.
Daliah is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, teaching a Sports and Entertainment Law course. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, teaching an Internet Law course. She is on the faculty of PLI, Practicing Law Institute, and has been selected by Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society to be a member of Harvard’s new Online Media Legal Network (OMLN).