LACBA Celebrates 140-Years of Service to the Los Angeles Legal Community
More than 300 judicial officers, attorneys, government officials, and other dignitaries came together to celebrate the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 140-year legacy of leadership in the Los Angeles legal community at the its 140-Year Anniversary and Awards Gala on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at the beautiful City Club Los Angeles.
Guests gathered to celebrate LACBA which was founded in 1878 by Henry Hazard, Harvey O’Melveny, and 20 other lawyers to fight for social change and the rule of law in Los Angeles. At the time, those accused of a criminal offense were as likely to be hung for their crimes as afforded any civilized system of justice.
From those humble beginnings, LACBA has grown from 22 lawyers to more than 18,000 attorneys across the country and the world in 26 practice area sections, and established a long-legacy of advocating on behalf of its members and fighting for those with the greatest need.
LACBA’s President Brian S. Kabateck served as the emcee for the gala and presented one of the Association’s highest honors – the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award – to David J. Pasternak and J. Michael Hennigan. They were honored for their extraordinary dedication to the high principles of the legal profession and improving the administration of justice in Los Angeles County.
Mr. Pasternak has been a LACBA member for more than 40 years, serving as President and Trustee, and was instrumental in helping to raise more than $100,000 to support LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services Project as Co-Chair of its 25th Anniversary Celebration. He has served as the 91st President of the State Bar of California and was the first member of the State Bar Board of Trustees appointed by the Supreme Court of California.
Mr. Hennigan, who served in a number of LACBA leadership roles, including as Trustee, Chair and Treasurer of the Litigation Section, is a leader in the litigation of nationwide consumer class actions and commercial fraud cases for more than 40 years and serves on the Board of Directors of Homeboy Industries. Mr. Hennigan also helps lead an internship program at his law firm that provides high school students from Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles with internships to gain experience in a professional setting. Since 2002, more than 30 interns have completed the work/study program and continued on to college.
The final award of the evening – LACBA’s Outstanding Jurist Award – was presented to the late Hon. Beverly Reid O'Connell, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California, in recognition of her distinguished career on the bench, as well as contributions to the community and the practice of law. The award was accepted by Judge O'Connell’s husband Dan O'Connell.
A member of LACBA’s Litigation Section and its Executive Committee, Judge O'Connell was well known for her service to the legal community, regularly teaching courses at Loyola Law School, Pepperdine University School of Law, and the B.E. Witkin Judicial College, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
In lieu of a physical award, donations were made to the scholarship funds in Judge O'Connell’s name to both Pepperdine University and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
LACBA’s 140-Year Anniversary and Awards Gala was made possible thanks to the generous support of Premiere Sponsor McKool Smith Hennigan P.C.; and Gold Level Sponsors Ahern Insurance Brokerage; Brot & Gross, LLP; Grobstein Teeple, LLP; and Kabateck LLP.
LACBA would like to also acknowledge the hard work of the Anniversary and Awards Gala Committee members for helping to organize this wonderful event: Co-Chairs Ronald Brot, Tamila Jensen, Kirk Dillman, and Cindy Pasternak, along with the entire committee, John Carson, Jesse Cripps, Brant Dveirin, Tanya Forsheit, Jessica Gordon, Jo-Ann Grace, John Hartigan, Nowland Hong, Phil Lam, Jeff Margulies, Michael Meyer, Charles Michaels, Ann Park, Brad Pauley, Michael Sherman, Mike Sohigian, Ed Summers, Kendra Thomas, Bill Winslow, and Felix Woo.
Hon. Daniel J. Buckley, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Hon. Virginia A. Phillips, Chief District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, also served as honorary co-chairs.
As part of the evening’s celebration, LACBA also recognized the newest members of its 50 year club: John Carson, Tom Girardi, Nowland Hong, Mark Ivener, Hon. Michael Marcus, and Patricia Phillips.
Past presidents who joined in the festivities included: Hon. Richard J. Burdge, Jr., John Carson, Linda Curtis, Hon. Lee Smalley Edmon, Harry Hathaway, Michael Meyer, Charles Michaels, Hon. Margaret M. Morrow, Andrea Sheridan Ordin, Pat Kelly, and David Pasternak.
Among the judicial officers and honored guests who participated in the Gala were: Hon. Kevin Brazile, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Hon. Paul A. Bacigalupo, President of the California Judges Association, Hilary Potashner, Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California, Ricardo Garcia, Los Angeles County Public Defender, Jason Lee, Chair of the State Bar of California, Board of Trustees, Hon. Margaret M. Morrow, President and CEO of Public Counsel, Heather Rosing, President of the California Lawyers Association, and Ron Galperin, Los Angeles City Controller.
LACBA’s Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award was presented to David J. Pasternak and J. Michael Hennigan for their extraordinary dedication to the high principles of the legal profession and improving the administration of justice.
LACBA President-Elect Ronald F. Brot, Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award Honoree David J. Pasternak, and LACBA President Brian S. Kabateck
LACBA President Brian S. Kabateck greets Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award Recipient J. Michael Hennigan
Dan O'Connell, husband of the late Hon. Beverly Reid O'Connell, U.S. District Court Judge of the Central District of California, accepts LACBA’s Outstanding Jurist Award on her behalf.
More than 300 judicial officers, attorneys, government officials, and other dignitaries celebrate the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 140-year legacy of leadership in the Los Angeles legal community.