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. www.dlapiper.com Printed on Recycled Paper DLA Piper US LLP | 10001 National Pro Bono At DLA Piper Awards Nominees: 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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