Keller Rohrback encourages attorneys and staff to give back to the communities we live and work in. Firm attorneys and staff offer their time and professional expertise to assist with various non-profit endeavors, including homeless shelters, food banks, and youth programs. Several times a year the firm joins together in community service focused events. Whether attorneys and staff participate by serving on boards of directors, supporting charities, or making donations, Keller Rohrback encourages their dedication to initiatives that improve and give back to the community.
We also encourage our attorneys to pursue pro bono work that complements their interest in the law and community. Keller Rohrback attorneys believe that all persons or institutions deserve quality legal representation regardless of their financial situation. To help attorneys facilitate that goal, the firm pairs charitable case requests with firm attorneys who possess an interest or a skill in the particular area of law. Across the firm, attorneys and staff have assisted a variety of local non-profit organizations.
Charitable Contributions and Giving Programs
Keller Rohrback actively participates in Food Frenzy – a friendly, fun, and creative fundraiser for Food Lifeline, a Seattle non-profit food distributor. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to help feed hungry children in Western Washington during the summer months when subsidized school breakfast and lunch programs are not available. Through firm-sponsored events and attorney and staff participation, funds are raised for this important program.
The Hickman House
For over 20 years, Keller Rohrback has supported the efforts of the Hickman House. Operated by the Salvation Army, the Hickman House is a safe place where battered women and their children can go for an interim stay while they build the necessary resources to live independently. Keller Rohrback helps by adopting a Hickman House family during the holidays and providing gifts of household items, clothing, and toys from the family’s wish lists.
The following are just a few of the various organizations that attorneys from Keller Rohrback are involved in:
Bainbridge Island Land Trust
Partner Rob Crichton represents the Trust in litigation to protect conservation easements.
The Dove House
Since 1993, partner Rob Crichton has served as a pro bono attorney on behalf of Youth and Outreach Services, a Washington not-for-profit corporation offering transitional housing for homeless teenage girls in its facility known as The Dove House.
Legal Foundation of Washington
In 2015, Governor Jay Inslee appointed partner Mark A. Griffin to the Legal Foundation of Washington Board of Trustees. His second term will end on December 31, 2021. From 2010 through 2015, Mark served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid for Washington Fund. In 2019, Mark was elected president of the Board of Trustees for the Legal Foundation of Washington.
Mercer Island Community Fund
Partner Benson Wong has been on the MICF Board since 2006 and served as President until September 2011. The Mercer Island Community Fund is a public charity that raises money and then issues grants to other 501(c)(3) public charities that provide services, programs or have projects that benefit the residents of Mercer Island.
Northwest Harvest is a nonprofit corporation that fights hunger by operating Washington State’s largest food bank and by distributing donated food to more than 300 food banks and hunger programs statewide. Partner David Copley served as the Chair on Northwest Harvest’s Board of Directors from 2005 – 2007 and as the Immediate Past Chair since 2007.
Partner Juli Farris serves as a member of Treehouse’s Board of Directors. Treehouse is committed to improving the lives of children in the Seattle-area that are living in foster care.
Washington State Public Affairs TV Network – TVW
TVW is the state’s public affairs network that provides gavel-to-gavel coverage of proceedings of the State Legislature, broadcasting of some committee hearings, broadcasting of some oral arguments at the Washington State Supreme Court, and some produced programming. As a Board Member and as its President for 3 years, partner Benson Wong works with TVW to help it accomplish its purpose of providing the public with objective and unbiased coverage of state proceedings and informing the public about state government and civics.
Washington State Public Stadium Authority
Partner Benson Wong served the Governor of Washington on the Public Stadium Authority Board from 1997 to 2011. The PSA is the owner of Qwest Field and the Stadium Exhibition Hall. The PSA leases the facilities to First & Goal, Inc. under a Master Lease, which in turn leases the Stadium to the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, and others. The PSA’s primary duties are to oversee the operation of the facilities and to make sure that the State’s $300 million investment in these facilities is protected.
Partner Amy Williams-Derry served on the Board of Directors of WithinReach from 2006 through 2009. WithinReach works to ensure optimal health for Washington families by connecting families to food and health resources and through leveraging statewide health coalitions. As a member of the Board, Ms. Williams-Derry served on the organization’s Human Resources Committee and assisted with employment matters and fundraising.