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Food From the Bar (2017)

LA’s legal community helps fight hunger and give hope!

Food FROM THE BAR 2017

The Los Angeles legal community raised more than $475,000 for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank the year during the 9th Annual Food From The Bar Campaign. The Food Bank will use these funds to provide more than 1.9 million meals for children in Los Angeles County this summer. Since the campaign began in Los Angeles in 2009, it has raised over $3.6 million.

Food From The Bar, an annual, month-long fundraising and volunteering effort, held May 1 to June 2 in 2017, saw 77 legal organizations, including legal firms, law schools and legal services organizations, participate in friendly competition to see who could raise the most funds, acquire the most food, and work the most volunteer hours for the Food Bank. In addition to the funds raised, more than 9,000 pounds of food were collected and 774 volunteer shifts were completed in an effort to feed those in Los Angeles who are food insecure.

This year the overall winner was Latham & Watkins LLP. Jackie Levien, Associate and 2017 Food From The Bar Campaign coordinator for Latham & Watkins commented, “Latham & Watkins is tremendously proud of its longstanding commitment to the LA Regional Food Bank, and is honored to have won this year’s Food From The Bar Campaign. As a firm, we are cognizant of the problem of hunger in the Los Angeles community, and appreciate the opportunity to work together to tackle it.”

“We are extremely grateful to the legal community for this annual campaign to support the Food Bank,” said Michael Flood, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. “Donations and public support swell during the holidays but the need to feed people is year round. This campaign provides a timely infusion of volunteer energy and generous financial support at the beginning of summer when children do not have access to school meal programs. With the continued support from members of the Los Angeles legal community, we are able to continue to fight hunger and give hope.”

Robby Mockler of McKool Smith Hennigan, P.C was the Chairman of this year’s Campaign Committee. He has been involved with the Food Bank since the first campaign in Los Angeles “Feeding hungry people is as basic as its gets, and it is the right thing to do. The impact of a contribution is incredible. You can feed a family for a small amount of money.”

One in seven residents of Los Angeles County, 1.4 million people, live with food insecurity and have limited access to food, disrupted eating patterns, and reduced food intake. The Food Bank, through direct distribution and its agency partners, serves the largest county in terms of population in the country.

This year, 77 legal firms and organizations competed in various categories, with several being honored with awards from the Food Bank for their efforts.


  • Overall Winner 1st Place Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Highest Per Capita Winner McKool Smith Hennigan, P.C.
  • Kickoff Award Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Rookie of the Year Cozen O’Connor
  • Volunteer Award UCLA School of Law
  • Cornucopia Award Sidley Austin LLP
  • Creativity Award McGuireWoods LLP
  • Chairperson’s Award Kathleen McDowell, Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP
  • Partnership Award First Legal
  • Best Public Entity Award Court of Appeal, Second District
  • Best All Around Paul Hastings LLP and Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Special Recognition Robby Mockler, McKool Smith Hennigan

$10,000 raised of our $100,000 goal

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s campaign

Diamond Level

Hueston Hennigan LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
McKool Smith Hennigan, P.C.
Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Platinum Level

Court of Appeal, Second District
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Gold Level

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP
Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP
McGuireWoods LLP
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP

Silver Level

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Cozen O’Connor
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Horvitz & Levy LLP
Jones Day
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Kirkland & Ellis
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP
Mirman, Bubman & Nahmias
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Richards, Watson & Gershon
Southern California Edison Law Department
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
UCLA School of Law
WilmerHale LLp
Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

Bronze Level

Adams & Martin Group
Akerman LLP
Anderson McPharlin and Conners, LLP
Bird Marella
Brutzkus Gubner Rozansky Seror Weber LLP
Bryan Cave LLP
Crowther Macro Systems
Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP
Express Network
First Legal
Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, L.C.
FTI Consulting
Gibbs Giden Locher Turner Senet & Wittbrodt LLP
GLA Association of Legal Administrators
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Irell & Manella LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
LeClairRyan LLP
Los Angeles County Superior Court
Loyola Law School
Mayer Brown LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Nossaman LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Perkins Coie LLP
Polsinelli, LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Russ, August & Kabat
Special Counsel, Los Angeles
Stander Reubens Thomas Kinsey
Swiss Post Solutions
The California State University Office of the Chancellor, Office of General Counsel
United States Attorney’s Office – Central District of California
University of Southern California Office of the General Counsel

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