Groups dynamic

On 8 March, in front of a sell-out California crowd, five rock groups made up of legal professionals from around the world took to the stage as Law Rocks! made its debut in West Hollywood.

Exposition Deposition: legal hair-raisers
Exposition Deposition: legal hair-raisers

The music pumped out at the legendary Whisky A Go-Go for what is expected to be the first of an annual series of events.

The lawyers traded in their legal briefs for leather pants and, with the help of the local legal community, raised more than $35,000 for charity.

Firms included DLA Piper, Mayer Brown, Sheppard Mullin, Skadden and Venable. The American Bankruptcy Institute also took part, with many members travelling from all over the country to participate.

All the groups put on stirring performances, but Exposition Deposition, formed by members of Venable and Sheppard Mullin and sporting classic 1980s hairstyles and outfits, were the winners.

The band’s designated charity, the Painted Turtle, banked nearly $25,000 from the event. The charity is a camp founded in 1999 by Paul Newman and Page Adler in Lake Hughes, California, for seriously ill children aged seven to 16.

“Exposition Deposition brought the house down, it was amazing to see them win and have such awesome support,” said Ann Tierney of the Painted Turtle. “With these funds, we’ll be able to send at least 16 kids to camp this summer.”

Run DLA, from DLA Piper, came second, winning nearly $8,000 for their charity, the LA Regional Food Bank. The remaining bands raised $1,000 each for their charities.

“We’re thrilled at the massive success of our inaugural Law Rocks! event in Los Angeles,” said Ted Scott, co-founder of Law Rocks! LA. “The level of talent and energy was far beyond what we could have ever imagined. The bands put on an amazing show.”

Roll on Law Rocks UK 2012.

Comedy gold

This is a story about why law firms don’t need big budgets and gigantic business development teams to win clients. One of Tulkinghorn’s spies recently learned that
Melanie Willems, an international arbitration partner at Chadbourne & Parke, once won a client for the investment of a £10 ticket.

A few years ago Willems was at an event at the House of Lords where, of the 100 lawyers present, only three were in-housers.

“It was like bees on honey,” Willems recalls.

Wisely, she decided to leave the buzzing crowd and went for a quiet drink by the bar, where she overheard droves of lawyers offering their potential clients luxuries such as fine wines, dinner in top restaurants, holidays in fancy resorts or hard-to-get concert seats.

Having listened for a while, Willems too made an offer. “I’ll take you to Banana Cabaret!” she yelled.

Maybe it was the catchy name or the novel idea of developing business at a comedy show, but the offer definitely got the attention of one of the in-house lawyers, who gladly accepted Willems’ offer and went to the show with her. And started giving her work.

Fruit, dark places, edgy humour… that’s how to get a client.