Thursday, April 25, 2019
$136K in total fundraising
Winner & Judges’ Choice Award: Jimmy’s Brother of Winston & Strawn / Farella, Braun + Martell rocking for the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley.
The 2019 World Tour is off to a great start! San Francisco beat it’s own record this year, like LA before it, raising over $136K in a single night (previous record was $100K). A huge thank you to everyone came out to rock the night away!
Law Rocks wouldn't exist without the support of all the bands and firms - major thanks to every participating band! Thanks also to the Chapel team, the Rock Panel of Judges, and our nonprofit guests. None of this would be possible without our sponsors, making the show possible - thank you to Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP; Greenberg Traurig LLP; JAMS; Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP; Hanson Bridgett LLP; Winston & Strawn LLP; Lionshare Partners; First Republic Bank; Martinelli's; and Kessenick, Gamma & Free, LLP.
Thanks for everything, SF! See you next year…
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 7th 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 Covington & Burling LLP
Rocking for API Legal Outreach
Cov'R Band is the house band of Covington & Burling LLP, and is comprised of attorneys located in the firm's San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. The band was formed in 2018 and plays an eclectic mix of rock, pop, and R&B songs, spanning across the past six decades. This is Cov'R Band's debut at Law Rocks SF, and we are excited to be participating and raising funds for API Legal Outreach.
Featuring legal talent from Winston & Strawn / Farella, Braun + Martel
Rocking for The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
JIMMY'S BROTHER is an LA-based rock n’ roll band with a significant following in the New York area as well. 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. No stranger to the Law Rocks stage, the band has won multiple “Judges’ Choice Awards” in Los Angeles and San Francisco and two overall championships.
Featuring legal talent from Greenberg Traurig; K&L Gates; Perkins Coie
Rocking for Family Violence Appellate Project
Formed in 2017, The Latent Defects (f.k.a. Attractive Nuisance) are proud to return at Law Rocks for the second time! The band, which managed to win “Judges Choice” in two of their last three performances, was formed as Greenberg Traurig’s house band and now includes a Verein of weekend warriors from five different law firms all flying a united banner of rock. They are ramping up a set of unexpected rock covers and retro 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 Collective Impact
From one of the premier personal injury firms in the Bay Area comes a musical ensemble that will compel you to move. Magnum PI debuted at Law Rocks SF 2018 and took the audience on a wild ride through the history of rock. Always looking for the edge, and for the jam that will take the crowd off the beaten path, this year Magnum PI brings a new set that explores more genres, instruments, and sounds. If the Battle of the Bands doesn’t settle out of court, this outfit is ready to go to verdict.
Featuring legal talent from Morrison & Foerster
Rocking for Bay Area Legal Aid
The MoFonics features (in alpha order) Matthew Chivvis (vocals), Paul Flum (sax/flute), Josh Korr (guitar), Aaron Rubin (bass), Nate Sabri (keys), James Schurz (vocals), and Jeremey Steinkoler (drums).
We represent Morrison & Foerster LLP, with a touch of funk, grit, and irreverence. We play a mix of classic rock and more modern tunes, adding our own twist. We love playing together and are committed to supporting good causes.
Featuring legal talent from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Rocking for Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Morgan, Lewis & ROCKius FKA 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, Morgan, Lewis & ROCKius 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 Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
Rocking for The Arc of the East Bay
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 governs class actions, and may not seem like a wellspring for roots rock and roll -- but it is! 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 The Arc of the East Bay.
Charles “Chuck” Jarrell is a long-time supporter of, and participant in, Law Rocks. He helped form the inaugural board of directors for Law Rocks, and has emceed Law Rocks events nationwide. He is the guitarist for Attractive Nuisance, which has participated in the LA show for 5 years.
Chuck 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.
Amber Field Music is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher featured in SF Magazine's Best of the Bay for yoga music. They have performed at the SF International Arts Festival, SF Jazz, SF Pride, and other festivals and venues. Amber started out their career in a punk band screaming into their didgeridoo and snarling into the mic and then studied music in India. They have mellowed with age and now specialize in world fusion with influences from India, the Middle East, gospel, blues, and rock. Amber specializes in helping people sing, sound and speak their truths in private and group Free Your Voice classes. Amber also leads drama therapy and expressive arts workshops and trainings for people who want to explore ancestral healing, grief, adoption, and collective emergence. Come join the music (r)evolution! http://www.amberfieldmusic.com
"In-house lawyer by day, Rock-star by night. Hilary Gevondyan currently serves as Senior 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).
Stacy Kray is a singer-songwriter whose songs have received AAA and college radio airplay and whose music videos have appeared on national television. She is a two-time KFOG Local Scene Artist (the #1 AAA format radio station in the Bay Area) and the winner of multiple songwriting awards. She is a voting member and former Governor of the SF Chapter Board of The Recording Academy (which awards the Grammys) and an alum of the Commercial Theatre Institute. She has had music licensed by the Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and the Oprah Winfrey Network and been featured in artist spotlights in Billboard Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and 7x7. She is co-writing Love The Struggle, a full-length musical about the lives, loves and writings of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. Love The Struggle has been the subject of development and showcases at Harvard University, the SheNYC Summer Theatre Festival, Musical Cafe (San Francisco) and SF Show Off. She is also a counsel at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP in Palo Alto where she specializes in environmental law and serves as the office pro bono coordinator.
Renata Lima is a multi-faceted human being that enjoys expressing herself through poetry, singing, playing, dancing and making fun videos. She was born in Brazil and carries the brazilian spirit with appreciation for dance, music and celebration.
With a background in Computer Science and Energy Healing, Renata enjoys exploring these different fields, tapping into the right and left brain.
Her favorite bands growing up were Bon Jovi, Gun & Roses, and Green Day, and these days she loves playing some of their jams on her guitar, and as well songs by Iron&Wine, Tom Perry and Beatles.
She is passionate about understanding the different dynamics in human relationships and the relationship with self, and she believes that plays a big part in our experiences and how we show up in the world.
To learn more about Renata, you can visit her website www.renatalima.com.
Born in Manhattan and raised in Queens and Westchester County, Kimon was classically trained on the upright bass. He came to the Bay Area by way of New England, although he did not heed immediately the advice of Horace Greeley, who so cogently advised that ‘West’ was the direction in which to ‘Go.’ Kimon, however, did arrive at that conclusion while standing on a beach in Santa Cruz while attending the Democratic National Convention: “Wait, they use the same money, and speak the same language here (sort of) – I could move here?” A few years later, he got in his car with two basses and an amp, shed his prior political campaign career, and drove to San Francisco.
Government lawyer by day, Kimon has played with any number of artists in the Bay Area and is a Law Rocks veteran. He spent many years with the Karney Band, and often plays with Amanda Abizaid out of Los Angeles. His new band - 101 North - should get on the road shortly. While his focus has been on rock and blues, he especially loves playing funk, reggae and dancehall. He enjoys exploring new genres and, more than anything, loves to learn.
Kimon is a partner at Hanson Bridgett. He provides both transactional and litigation advice to his public entity clients, and also serves as General Counsel to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. On the transactional side, he advises on transit funding at the federal, state and local levels. He helps his clients navigate the myriad of statutory and regulatory schemes governing public entities. He provides advice on the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, ethics, and risk management. He spent most of his career as a trial and appellate lawyer, and still litigates in any number of areas including code enforcement, torts, civil rights defense, and class actions. He advises and defends his clients on issues under the First, Fourth, Eighth, and 14th Amendments, Titles II, VI and VII, the California Voting Rights Act, and dangerous condition liability. He is especially fond of the design immunity doctrine.
Kimon spent 11 years at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, where he served as managing attorney. There, he gained a wealth of experience working with city officials and departments, and represented the city and county both as a plaintiff and defendant. He retooled and managed the City's code enforcement team with a focus on housing, building, planning, zoning, environmental health, drug abatement and consumer protection issues. On the defense side, Kimon became a specialist in the many areas that confront public agencies.
He is a frequent presenter at the Transportation Research Board, the American Public Transportation Association, and other public entity associations. also Kimon teaches legal research, writing and moot court at Hastings College of the Law.
Prior to earning his law degree, Kimon worked on the 1988 Dukakis for President campaign, where he served as director of administration and finance and assistant treasurer for General Election campaign, as well as the Massachusetts state director for the primary election.