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Frenzy logs 1.4 million pounds of food

The Virginia legal community raised the equivalent of more than 1.4 million pounds of food for Virginia’s hungry during a two-week drive in April. The announcement was made by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.

The Legal Food Frenzy, a collaboration between the Attorney General’s office, the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, pitted Virginia law firms and legal departments against each other in a competition to see who could raise the most food for food banks in their local communities.

This year, the Norfolk firm of B. Cullen Gibson took overall first place for the fourth consecutive year by raising 20,360 pounds per person, winning the coveted Attorney General’s Cup.

Herring notified the firm of their victory with a phone call on Monday. The attorney general’s office retained its “Urbanna Oyster Award” as the top contributor in the government and public sector category.

“Our heartfelt thanks to the legal community who has once again provided much needed food and funds to their local food banks at a very critical time” said Leslie Van Horn, executive director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks.

In addition to thanking the food drive coordinators and representatives across the state, Herring offered special thanks to Van Horn and YLD co-chairs Chris Gill, Derek Swanson, Lauren Wheeling, Stacey Forbes and Will Prince for organizing the campaign.

This year’s contributions bring the total raised during the annual drive to more than 11.4 million pounds over its eight years. The “pound” figures are based on a combination of food and cash donations, with one dollar equivalent to four pounds of food.

The winners of the 8th Annual Statewide “Legal Food Frenzy” Categories:

Attorney General’s Cup Winner: Per Capita:

B. Cullen Gibson (Norfolk)                                                          20,360 pounds per person


Small (1-20) Law Firm: Total Pounds: “The Brunswick Stew Award”

Roussos, Lassiter, Glanzer & Barnhart, P.L.C. (Norfolk)            20,600 pounds


Small (1-20) Law Firm: Per Capita: “The Shenandoah Apple Award”

Murphy & McGonigle, P.C. (Richmond)                                    1,184 pounds per person


Medium (21-100) Law Firm Total Pounds: “The James River Shad Award”

Christian & Barton LLP  (Richmond)                                           99,995 pounds


Medium (21-100) Law Firm Per Capita: “The Hanover Tomato Award”

Christian & Barton LLP (Richmond)                                           1,205 pounds per person


Large (101 and up) Law Firm Total Pounds: “The Smithfield Ham Award”

McGuireWoods LLP (all locations)                                              275,039 pounds


Large (101 and up) Law Firm Per Capita: “The Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Award”

Vandeventer Black LLP (all locations)                                        495 pounds per person


Sole Proprietor (1-2) Law Firm Total Pounds: “The Virginia Peanut Award”

Howell Law Group PLLC (Norfolk)                                            5,350 pounds


Law School Winner of Attorney General’s Cup

William & Mary Law School (Williamsburg)                               4,961 pounds


Government and Public Service Total Pounds:  “The Urbanna Oyster Award”

Office of the Attorney General (Richmond)                                68,215 pounds


Government and Public Service Per Capita  “The Old Dominion Soybean Award”

Prince William County Attorney’s Office                                    1,339 pounds per person


Legal Department Per Capita:              “The Virginia Strawberry Award”

Norfolk Southern Corporation Legal Department (Norfolk)       682 pounds per person

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