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									Andrew Valentine (Patent Litigation) in addition to his service on the East Palo Alto       We recognize and thank the following attorneys and staff for
office’s local Pro Bono committee, in 2006 Andrew served as Co-Chairperson of the
Board of Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, a non-profit providing housing,
                                                                                            their extraordinary contributions to the East Palo Alto pro bono
immigration, lending and consumer assistance to low-income families throughout the          program in 2006:
Bay Area. Andrew also provided support and mentoring to litigation attorneys in
connection with a wide variety of pro bono matters.

David Banie (Litigation) David’s pro bono service in 2006 focused on working with           James Anderson        Bill Frimel                     Amy Wallace Potter
victims of residential mortgage brokerage fraud in Valdez v. Downey Savings & Loan
and Salas v. Hilltop Financial Mortgage, Inc. David is a firm representative on the
                                                                                            Margaret Austin       Diana Ng Fung                   Mark Radcliffe                   Pro Bono Awards Reception Recognizing
                                                                                            David Banie           Greg Gallo                      Eric Ryan
Amicus Committee of the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services, who’s mission                                                                                                  the Pro Bono Contributions of DLA Piper
is to build enthusiasm and financial support for legal service agencies serving Silicon     Elisabeth Bechtold    Diane Frankle Holt              Austin Stewart II
Valley. He also assists with the coordination of the East Palo Alto office’s support of
                                                                                            Marc Belloli          Blakely Kiefer                  Andrew Valentine
                                                                                                                                                                                   Attorneys and Staff in 2006
local pro bono legal service providers.
                                                                                            Christie Branson      Mary Lavigne-Butler             Aaron Wainscoat
Aaron Wainscoat (Patent Litigation) in 2006 Aaron served, along with David Banie,                                                                                                  East Palo Alto Office
as litigation team leader in the Valdez v. Downey Savings & Loan, and Salas v. Hilltop      Angela Castro         Henry Lesser                    Rachel Rosati Warner
                                                                                                                                                                                   March 29, 2007
Financial Mortgage, Inc. cases which each involved a real estate broker’s false and         Steven Cohen          Sal Lim                         Brian Wikner
misleading financial disclosures to induce low-income limited English proficient
homeowners to refinance. Aaron spent significant time in 2006 developing and                Christina Corbett     Greg Lundell                    Erica Wray
implementing litigation strategy for both of these cases.                                   Maggie Crawford       Paul A. McLean                  Richard Yankwich
Maggie Crawford (Litigation) provided litigation defense to a former cult member who        Rob Cronan            Sally Meyner                    Jake Zolotorev
was sued for alleged defamation and invasion of privacy after she spoke out against
                                                                                            Rajiv Dharnidharka    Megan Whyman Olesek
her former cult leader, in Doe v. Kavanaugh and Roe v. Kavanaugh.
                                                                                            Noelle Roux Dunn      Heather Owen
Rajiv Dharnidharka (Patent Litigation) Rajiv was a member of both the Valdez and
Salas teams asserting claims on behalf of predatory mortgage brokerage victims. In
addition to undertaking a variety of discovery and other tasks in these cases, Rajiv also
served as a volunteer attorney for the Debt Relief Clinic at Sacramento Volunteer Legal
Services Program.

Blakely Kiefer (Litigation) dedicated time to three separate pro bono matters in 2006:
as a member of the Valdez and Salas litigation teams asserting claims on behalf of
predatory mortgage brokerage victims, and as a team member in the CPF v. DDS
class-action litigation, asserting the rights of disabled adults to community placement
in lieu of institutionalization.
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                       At DLA Piper, it is our belief that we should be    2006 was a good year for the vision. In 2006, lawyers and staff in the East Palo Alto office        Elisabeth Bechtold (Patent Litigation) Eliza worked on several pro bono matters throughout
Henry Lesser                                                               gave 8,209.76 hours, or 3.91% percent of their billable time to representing indigent persons,      2006. One case involved an elderly couple who had been named as defendants in a
                       actively engaged with the wider community as
Partner/Of Counsel                                                         assisting non-profit organizations, and otherwise giving back to the community. This amount         frivolous lawsuit relating to events occurring in a condominium complex. As the only
of the Year            people and as professionals. This core value        represented a 56% increase in pro bono hours for the office over 2005.                              associate on the case, Eliza was involved in every facet of the litigation, attending case
                       is the basis for a vibrant pro bono program         Our pro bono work and the mix of our clients were as diverse as the interests and backgrounds
                                                                                                                                                                               management conferences, drafting discovery and taking an active role in the mediation,
Elisabeth Bechtold     that provides legal assistance to individuals       of our attorneys and staff and as varied as the needs of the community. We are proud of the
                                                                                                                                                                               which resulted in her clients’ dismissal from the case. Eliza also was involved in a predatory
Junior Associate                                                                                                                                                               lending case in which her client sued a lender and broker for violation of lending laws in
                                                                           breadth and depth of services we provided. And we expect that, as the Sacramento office
                       who face economic barriers to justice and                                                                                                               connection with a refinance loan. At the end of 2006, she worked on an unlawful detainer
of the Year                                                                continues to grow, pro bono will serve as a unifying force for the entire office.
                       to non-profit organizations that enhance the                                                                                                            action in which her clients, who formerly represented themselves in the matter, faced
                                                                           On behalf of the entire pro bono team, thank you for supporting our firm’s commitment to            almost certain eviction. Before the case was called for trial, her clients entered into a
                       quality of life for all. Our firm’s vision of law   serving our communities through pro bono. Your personal dedication to helping others is
Local Award Winners:                                                                                                                                                           settlement agreement which allowed them to purchase the property at a price substantially
                       practice is one in which well-balanced              what drives the success of our efforts and positively impacts many lives.                           below market. Eliza’s team also worked with lenders and brokers to obtain a favorable loan.
James Anderson
                       lawyers and staff are deeply involved not                                                                                                               Jim Anderson (Real Estate) spent most of his pro bono time in 2006 assisting East
Partner/Of Counsel                                                         Henry Lesser (Corporate and Securities) in addition to serving as Pro Bono Coordinator
                       just in the flow of business, but in the            for the East Palo Alto office, Henry has been critical to the expansion of DLA Piper’s
                                                                                                                                                                               Palo Alto’s Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) –which provides food and other core
                                                                                                                                                                               services to those in need—as a Board member, volunteer and pro bono legal adviser.
Mary Lavigne-Butler    hearts of their communities.                        pro bono program at the global level. He spent a substantial portion of 2006 working with
                                                                                                                                                                               Jim also provided legal assistance and guidance to NCUDC in connection with its real
Partner/Of Counsel                                                         the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), to bring a bono commercial law training
                                                                                                                                                                               estate leasing and subleasing needs, and continued to handle real estate projects for
                                                                           program that ISLP has been running in South Africa to Tanzania. As part of this project,
                                                                                                                                                                               City Team Ministries, which provides shelters, recovery programs and youth outreach
Bill Frimel            David Banie                Maggie Crawford          Henry met with the Tanganyika Law Society (TLS), DLA Piper’s own affiliated firm, other
                                                                                                                                                                               throughout the US.
                                                                           law firms, and members of the University of Dar es Salaam Faculty of Law to structure a
Partner/Of Counsel     Senior Associate           Junior Associate
                                                                           proposal for the pilot program, which took place in February, 2007. Henry also serves on            Mary Lavigne-Butler (Labor & Employment) provided employment-related advice
                                                                           the New Perimeter team for the Southern Africa Litigation Center (SALC) project, focusing           in a number of contexts to several community non-profit organizations in 2006,
Andrew Valentine       Aaron Wainscoat            Rajiv Dharnidharka
                                                                           on SALC’s US and South African tax status, and development of a model discussion                    including Planned Parenthood, Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative, NCUDC and the
Partner/Of Counsel     Senior Associate           Junior Associate
                                                                           outline for use in grant submissions. Henry also now serves as first General Counsel for            Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose. Mary also served on the Board of Directors for
                                                                           the Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), an organization formed last year to expand the                Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte, the advocacy arm of a local Planned
                                                  Blakely Kiefer
                                                                           food banking concept into a worldwide phenomenon. Henry’s work entailed identifying                 Parenthood affiliate.
                                                  Junior Associate         areas where the organization requires legal counsel—both domestic and foreign—and
                                                                                                                                                                               Bill Frimel (Litigation) in 2006, Bill served as a member of the East Palo Alto Pro Bono
                                                                           finding lawyers within DLA Piper’s US offices to handle those matters.
                                                                                                                                                                               Committee and provided assistance and guidance to several attorneys concerning
                                                                           Henry also does significant pro bono closer to home, serving as the lead corporate counsel          pro bono issues, was selected as a New Perimeter participant and provided assistance
                                                                           for the Northern California Urban Development Corporation (NCUDC), an organization which            to The Global Fund (whose mission is to eradicate AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria
                                                                           is working to create a local credit union and to promote other economic development projects        throughout the world), and provided assistance to Catholic Charities. Bill is also
                                                                           for East Palo Alto and other underserved communities in the Bay Area. Henry also serves on          a member of the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services,
                                                                           several non-profit boards of directors, including for the Village Enterprise Fund, which promotes   a consortium of non-profit legal services providers operating primarily in the South Bay.
                                                                           microlending to low-income African entrepreneurs, and the San Francisco Symphony.

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