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Give it up for the ‘Landlawyers’

Plenty of lawyers think they’re rock ’n roll, but only a few are willing to put it on the line.

Tomorrow night law firm bands will face off in a Battle of the Bands at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. The Battle is an annual fundraiser for the Gifts for the Homeless program.

Headlining the 8:50 to 9:15 p.m. slot, you can see “Larry and the Landlawyers,” an ad hoc band of dirt lawyers from Northern Virginia.

The landlawyers are from the 28-lawyer firm of Walsh Colucci Lubeley Emrich & Walsh, and they face stiff competition from D.C. BigLawFirm bands, including Jazz Ipsa Loquitur, Attractive Nuisance, the Unnamed Party and Bill Early & the Collections.

Walsh Colucci shareholder H. Mark Goetzman won’t admit to being the band’s frontman, but he does acknowledge he’s the one standing out front singing into the mike.

Goetzman says the group plays a couple of times a year, usually at firm functions. They have a “rough set list” for tomorrow night, but may shuffle things around after they sample the crowd’s energy. Their style is “eclectic,” i.e., “all over the place.” The number that usually gets the crowd on its feet is their cover of the cheesy hit “When I Go to the Beach,” by local bar band Slickee Boys.

Larry? He’s not a lawyer. He’s Larry Clark, from Walsh Colucci’s client Donatelli & Klein. In addition to Clark on the drums, other bandsmen pictured above are (l-r) Mike Kieffer, Mark Goetzman and John Rinaldi.
By Deborah Elkins

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  1. This is a great event for a wonderful cause. There are a lot of lawyers who also play in serious rock bands in DC, but never get any credit. Check out Redline Addiction. The group’s bass player is a lawyer in a large DC firm.

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