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Law firms ‘Dare to Dodge’ to benefit the United Way

Law firms ‘Dare to Dodge’ to benefit the United Way

Law firms ‘Dare to Dodge’ to benefit the United Way

The Akerman LLP team took first place.

Miami’s top law firms challenged each other to a dodgeball tournament, “Dare to Dodge,” benefiting United Way of Miami- Dade, on Thursday, Mar. 20.

Now in its second year, the tournament doubled in size to include eight law firms: Akerman LLP, Berger Singerman, Bilzin Sumberg, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Fowler White Burnett, Greenberg Traurig, Holland & Knight and Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine. Teams from each firm met at a different type of court and faced off in a single elimination round, complete with referees from Miami Dodgeball League.

After the dust settled, Akerman LLP came out victorious for the second year in a row. Bilzin Sumberg placed second and Fowler White Burnett came in third.

“Dare to Dodge is yet another example of how United Way serves as a bridge, linking all sectors of the community, and bringing diverse partners and competitors to the same table,” said Claudia Grillo, COO, United Way of Miami-Dade.
Grillo welcomed the challengers to the tournament with a very appropriate and familiar phrase from the 2012 blockbuster, The Hunger Games, “may the odds be ever in your favor.”

Law firms ‘Dare to Dodge’ to benefit the United Way

Pictured (l-r) are team captains: Michael J. Drahos, Fowler White Burnett; David Luck, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt; Bryan Hawks, Bilzin Sumberg; Larry Silverman, Akerman LLP; Dan Marinberg, Greenberg Traurig; Mario Rumasuglia, Berger Singerman; Michael Redondo, Holland & Knight, and Laura A. Klein, Kluger Kaplan.

More than 200 staff, attorneys and partners from all eight law firms were in attendance and dressed from head-to-toe in team spirit; sporting headbands, pom poms, posters, foam fingers, vuvuzelas and even creative team T-shirts with witty phrases, such as “Motions to Strike.”

Some of the VIPs in attendance included: Jaret L. Davis, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig; Jorge Hernandez- Toraño partner of Holland & Knight and United Way board member; Christopher E. Knight, managing shareholder of Fowler White Burnett; Charles Rosenberg, managing shareholder of Carlton Fields, and Andrew Smulian, chair and CEO of Akerman LLP, among others.

Dare to Dodge Dodgeball Tournament food and beverage sponsors included SABMiller, Segafredo Brickell, Toro Toro Restaurant and Vita Coco.

To learn more, give, advocate or volunteer for the United Way, visit www.unitedwaymiami.org.

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