LATLC

Our History

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In 2006 a small group of Los Angeles trial lawyers for the people, consumer attorneys who fight for justice on behalf of the great people in our City of Los Angeles, embarked on a new way to serve our community beyond their roles as attorneys. Inspired by this concept of doing charitable works in our local communities, these lawyers channeled their passion for justice towards improving the conditions of the oppressed and underserved, enhancing education, safety, access to shelter and opportunities. Founded by trial lawyers who cared deeply about social justice and improving our great city, LATLC was born.

Founded by Bruce Traney and supported by a handful of supporters, soon the group grew to a hundred founding friends and even more active members. There were originally 24 Founding Friends who made sure that LATLC would survive and thrive, Mike Arias, Michael Baltaxe, Joseph Barrett, Pejman Ben-Cohen, Kevin Boyle, Donn Christensen, William Daniels, Jack Denove, Nick Ebrahimian, Ricardo Echeverria, Mayra Fornos, Victor George, Steven Glickman, Megan Green, Eric Kingsley, Lisa Maki, David Mallen, Sean Novak, Steven Pearl, Michelle Reinglass, Linda Fermoyle Rice and Doug Silverstein.

LATLC went to the heart of the problems plaguing the inner city and sought to help children be safe and have access to great education. LATLC saw the reality that Los Angeles was the home to the largest homeless community in America and committed to change that, providing relief to those who have no place to stay. LATLC sought to help survivors of abuse, pregnant teenagers, troubled youths, and make Los Angeles better and better. The lawyers who young and old, diverse in ethnicity, religion, practices and where they lived in the County. But they remained committed to the cause for positive change.

Fundraising took off. Events were held, spreading the word and letting people know we are serious about changing the world, especially Los Angeles, for the betterment of all. Children and families of trial lawyers began to participate, and then friends joined in. Soon, vendors and affiliate businesses wanted in, because the spirit of doing good works fills us all who are so blessed. To whom must is given, much is expected, after all. Champions of justice, these trial lawyers from Los Angeles have grown in number, power and organization. Cy pres donations by generous lawyers fueled the group, along with consistent and generous donations from some who wished to remain anonymous, and others who were proud to be counted among us. From the Mayor to the people in the streets and schools, we have been noticed, recognized and honored. We have taken to the media, the businesses and the schools to spread this message of hope.

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If there's a need, we try to help. If hands are requested at a food bank, a beach clean-up, a righteous cause, we chip in. We now partner with an amazing group of charities as diverse as our members, but our goal remains consistent: we are there to help! We are your neighbors, your friends, we are role models in the community, and we are proud to be called trial lawyers who help people. Bruce Traney sought fellow leaders and found them in his partner Nick Kazandjieff, and his friends Jill McDonnell, Mike Alder, David DeRubertis, Arash Homampour, Rob Racine, and so many others. He chose Pejman Ben-Cohen to be the first President of LATLC, who was then succeeded by Joseph Barrett. Joe and Bruce then laid the foundation for an even stronger organization by seeking various expert opinions for the growth and vitality of the organization.

Soon a Board was chosen, and then Robert Simon became the third President. Fundraisers and social gatherings and enhanced media have occurred and the organization has become more and more solid and helpful to the community. Now LATLC has a full Board, an Honorary Board of generous donors, and help from so many friends and supporters. In 2014, Minh Nguyen took over as President, and along with fellow leaders, the group has grown to help more people, more organizations, raise more money, and have more fun doing it!

Under Aimee Kirby's presidency, LATLC was able to increase the scope of our organization in all respects. Our membership grew to over 3,000 supporters, including more than 200 Members of the Honorary Board of Governors. The managing Board of Directors has been expanded to 29 members. This year LATLC supporters provided thousands of hours of volunteer time at more than 20 volunteer events in the community. Our Second Annual Casino Night and Texas Hold'em Tournament was a major success with more than 800 members of the community in attendance. LATLC awarded 16 scholarships to high school seniors based on need and merit totaling $40,000 at Casino Night. Our 3 rd Annual Golf Tournament also was a record breaker.

Thanks to the success of these event and our generous donors throughout the year, LATLC was proud to give back more than $750,000 to the community through our 45 partner charities! Additionally, thanks to Diamond LATLC Honorary Board Member Pejman Javaheri's generous donation of $235,000 worth of food (55,000 pounds), we were able to provide meals to more than 110,000 hungry members of our community this holiday season. 2015 has, by far, been our best year yet. In fact, the California State Assembly honored LATLC on May 11, 2015, recognizing the outstanding service we have done in the Los Angeles area. We are also pleased to announce that in 2015, we broadened the scope of our Mission Statement to include providing assistance to persons with disabilities.

LATLC is a group of committed lawyers who accept any help, any donation, to collectively enhance our community, from the Westside to the Eastside, from the Valleys to Downtown Los Angeles. We are part of all the communities. When we started, we knew that we were like the people we serve, and like the jurors whom we do trials with. Like them, we have families. Like them, we have our achievements and our struggles. Like them we care. We set out to be a force for positive change in Los Angeles. We have much more to do, but we are so proud of where we came from, in 2006, where we are now in 2015, and the legacy we intend to push forward every year to continue these efforts.