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Sutherland Raises More Than $31,000 for Gifts for the Homeless, Wins 2011 Battle of the Law Firm Bands

July 8, 2011

WASHINGTON (July 8, 2011)Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP’s D.C.-based house band, Sutherland Comfort, rocked its way to a second consecutive win to secure the 2011 “Banding Together Champion" title during the Battle of the Law Firm Bands competition. On Thursday, July 7, a dozen bands representing local law firms took the stage at the Black Cat, enlivening the U Street corridor during the eighth annual event.

To secure the win, Sutherland raised more than $31,000 in votes, with $1 buying one vote. In sum, the event raised more than $145,000 for Gifts for the Homeless, Inc. (GFTH), surpassing all previous fund-raising efforts. GFTH is a non-profit organization supported by volunteers in the legal community. All proceeds from the Battle of the Law Firm Bands will be used to purchase essential clothing items for homeless men, women and children. The clothing is then distributed among 35 metro-area shelters.

Under the command of Associate Naseem Nixon on lead vocals, only Sutherland Comfort could pull off such a challenging and exhilarating set list, which included the song “Free Your Mind" as the finale. Associate Wilson G. Barmeyer and Associate Daniel M. Buchner rounded out the group, with special guest performances by Legal Secretary Grace Ambrister, Director of Communications Andrea Christman, Senior Paralegal Amanda Hubert and Associate Andrew M. McCormick.

“I thank everyone who participated in the Battle of the Law Firm Bands, which was a true success on so many levels," said Sutherland Partner Carol A. Weiser, who serves on the GFTH board of directors. “We had a spirited celebration for an amazing cause, Gifts for the Homeless, and I am very proud of the incredible support from everyone throughout Sutherland who helped Sutherland Comfort once again bring home the championship title."

Gifts for the Homeless is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a goal of clothing the homeless community of the greater Washington, D.C., area. The all-volunteer association is governed by a board of directors and officers representing local law firms and legal organizations. For more information, please visit

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm handles matters throughout the United States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.

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