For Immediate Release - May 24, 2013

AG Coakley’s Food Drive Competition Raises More Than 479,000 Pounds of Food; Berman Devalerio Wins

Highest Total in Four Years of Competition; More Than 1.6 Million Pounds of Food, 966,575 Meals Provided to Date

BOSTON – Following the two week campaign for donations, Berman DeValerio has been named the winner of the fourth annual Legal Food Frenzy Cup, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. In total, the annual competition raised the equivalent of more than 479,000 pounds of food, breaking last year’s record, which will provide more than 282,779  meals to people in need.

The 30 person team representing the law offices of Berman DeValerio collected the equivalent of 29,906 pounds of food overall. Berman DeValerio wrested the trophy from last year’s winner, the Hampshire County Bar Association. Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP, winners of the 2010 and 2011 Legal Food Frenzy Cup, raised the  2nd highest per capita in the law firm category.

In just a two week period, the Massachusetts legal community raised the equivalent of 479,288 pounds of food, an 11.5% increase from 2012. The AG’s Legal Food Frenzy is a benevolent competition to raise food and funds to benefit the four Massachusetts food banks. 

“Congratulations to Berman DeValerio for winning the Legal Food Frenzy Cup and thank you to all the other participants for joining us in this friendly competition,” AG Coakley said. “Through the generosity and dedication of the legal community this competition will provide meals throughout the Commonwealth and help families put food on the table.”

More than 75 legal organizations across the state signed up to participate in this event.  The participants collected food items and donations from April 29 to May 10, 2013—a traditionally slow time for food bank donations. The first annual Legal Food Frenzy was piloted in the Greater Boston area and has since expanded to benefit all four Massachusetts Food Banks—The Greater Boston Food Bank, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Worcester County Food Bank, and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. These four Food Banks serve more than 800 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters that help feed hungry families across the Commonwealth. Over the past four years, the competition has raised more than 1.6 million pounds of food (which includes its equivalent in monetary donations) and provided more than 966,575 meals throughout Massachusetts. 

Several other legal organizations achieved awards in a number of other categories:

Most Raised Overall:

  • Fish & Richardson by a Large Firm
  • Cooley LLP by a Medium Firm 
  • Hampshire County Bar by a Small Firm

Most Raised Per Capita:

  • Worcester County Bar Association by a Large Firm
  • Berman DeValerio by a Medium Firm
  • Hampshire County Bar Association by a Small Firm

Most Food Collected:

  • Fish & Richardson by a Large Firm
  • Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office by a Medium Firm
  • Hampden County Bar Association by a Small Firm

Bar Association Division:

  • Hampshire County Bar Association, most raised overall & most raised per capita
  • Hampden County Bar Association, most food collected

District Attorney’s Division:  

  • Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, most raised overall & most raised per capita & most food collected

All food and funds collected will go to the four Massachusetts Food Banks to benefit hungry families across the state.  Many bar associations from across the Commonwealth have partnered with the Attorney General’s Office to sponsor the Legal Food Frenzy including the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, Attleboro Bar Association, Bar Association of Norfolk County, Barnstable County Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, Bristol County Bar Association, Franklin County Bar Association, Hampshire County Bar Association, Hampden County Bar Association, Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, Mass LGBTQ Bar Association, Plymouth County Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association, and the Worcester County Bar Association.

The following legal organizations participated in the 2013 Legal Food Frenzy:


Bacon Wilson, PC

Berkshire District Attorney's Office

Berman DeValerio

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Bingham McCutchen LLP

Bowditch & Dewey- Boston Office

Bowditch & Dewey, LLP - Worcester Office

Bristol County District Attorney's Office

Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP

Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP

Community Legal Aid

Cooley LLP

Crowley and Cummings

Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis & Holland, P.C.

Donovan Hatem LLP

Essex County District Attorney's Office

Fish & Richardson P.C.

Foley Hoag LLP

Franklin County Bar Association

Fuller, Rosenberg, Palmer & Beliveau, LLP

Hampden County Bar Association

Hampden District Attorney's Office

Hampshire County Bar Association

Health Law Advocates

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Jones Day

Keches Law Group

Klein Hornig LLP

Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP

Law Office of Thomas M. Libbos

Looney & Grossman LLP

Mass. Teachers Assoc., Div. of Legal Services

Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

MCC Law Center

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP

Murphy & King

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

New England Muslim Bar Association

Norfolk District Attorney's Office

Northwestern District Attorney's Office

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

O'Connell, Plumb & MacKinnon, P.C.

Pierce, Davis + Perritano, LLP

Plymouth County Bar Association

Posternak Blankstein & Lund

Prince Lobel Tye, LLP

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP

Robinson Donovan, P.C.

Rubin and Rudman LLP

Sokolove Law/d50 Media


Taylor Duane Barton & Gliman  LLP

The McCormack Firm, LLC

Thornton & Naumes, LLP

Todd & Weld LLP


Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

Worcester County Bar Association