There was a strong sense of pride and achievement as younger attorneys gathered for the Law Firm Challenge reception at the Strathallan on Tuesday when Bill Lowe, chair of the Law Firm Challenge Committee, announced the winning firms.
“Nineteen firms participated this year,” Lowe reported, “and from those offices we had 83 first time donors. There were a total of 193 donations, adding over $8,700 to this year’s Campaign for Justice.”
In the small firm category, Faraci Lange, Leclair Korona, and Pullano & Farrow have 100 percent participation among their under-40 attorneys. Littler Mendelson and Barclay Damon also participated in the competition as small firms.
Ward Greenberg Heller and Reidy ranked first in the mid-size firm category, with 10 of 12 attorneys under 40 participating. The other contenders at this level were Bond Schoeneck & King, Boylan Code, Phillips Lytle and Underberg & Kessler.
Nixon Peabody’s participation by 21 of 22 young attorneys gave them a 95 percent top rank. Harter Secrest & Emery showed a very competitive second place rating with 39 of 44 “under-40” attorneys donating for an 88 percent participation rate. The other contestants in the big firm category were Harris Beach and Woods Oviatt.
Among the five participating government offices, the Rochester City School District’s Legal Department took first place with one attorney under 40 contributing for 100 percent participation. The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office was declared a co-winner for government/ public law offices, as they have the highest number of under-40 attorneys in any category. With 41 of 59 young assistant district attorneys contributing, the office had 69 percent participation.
Other government offices competing included the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office, Rochester City Law Department, and the Monroe County Law Department.
– Photos by Nora A. Jones
1_ For a small firm, Pullano & Farrow had great participation, with 7 of 7 young attorneys participating. Representing the firm at the Law Firm Challenge reception were, from left, Anthony Scalia, Bridget Kehm, Brandon Cottrell, Michael Scott-Kristanen, Patrick Pullano and Christian Valentino.
3_ Law Firm Challenge Committee Members Sanjeev Devabakthuni (Barclay Damon), Anthony Orphe (City Law Dept.) and Meghan McGuire (Nixon Peabody) greeted guests as they arrived at the Strathallan.
4_ Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy, winner of the mid-size firm category, was represented by Josh Agins and Doug Curren.
5_ Jeremy Cooney, Chief of Staff for Mayor Lovely Warren, pauses for a photo with Destini Bowman from the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.
6_Bill Lowe (Harris Beach) and Jack Heisman (Underberg & Kessler) were both active on the Law Firm Challenge Committee.
7_ Mike McEvoy, managing partner at Harter Secrest & Emery, celebrates his firm’s participation with Keith Cleary of ESL.
8_ Sanjeev Devabakthuni (Barclay Damon) pauses for a photo with Kevin Momot from AppealTech, one of the event sponsors.