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You'll need "Food from the Bar" after your witnesses have been killed.

The Koko Challenge

Food From The Bar? The folks at TPG will have to answer to my Whistleblower Complaints on the truly odd collection of RFPs emanating from companies connected to Richard Blum, William McGlashan, CBRE, Regency Centers, Trammell Crow, Lennar, Catellus

Law Firms Launch Class Action against Bay Area Poverty

Posted on September 26, 2011, by United Way in Pathways Out of Poverty

How many lawyers in gorilla suits does it take to tackle poverty? It might sound like joke, but to the 31 Bay Area law firms competing in United Way's Koko Challenge this year, fighting poverty is something they all take very seriously.

Every year, the legal community comes together to raise money to fight poverty. Competition is fierce, and top winners receive stuffed gorillas as a prize. Law firms have been known to station their gorillas proudly in their lobbies,
symbolizing their dedication to the community.

On September 22, we kicked-off the 24th annual Koko Challenge, Last year, 21 participating firms raised $1.5 million. With 10 new firms joining the Challenge this year, we're excited to see the legal community once again raise the bar for philanthropy
in the Bay Area.

The theme of this year's challenge is "Class action against poverty," to align with United Way's community effort to cut in half the number of local families who live in poverty by the year 2020.

Gap, Inc. General Counsel Michelle Banks, chair of this year's Koko Cabinet, announced this year's goal to raise $1.8 million, with $700,000 directed to United Way.

The Fremont Group General Counsel Rick Kopf chimed in, urging everyone to increase their gifts by 20% and direct it to United Way programs: SparkPoint, Community Schools, MatchBridge, 211 and Earn It! Keep It! Save It! This collective
increase would raise an additional $300,000 for United Way, and enable us to continue to operate and expand our poverty fighting programs.

The spirit and enthusiasm of Shook, Hardy and Bacon LLP Partner Kevin Haroff was hard to match as he had already purchased his own gorilla suit. To help raise spirits - as well as funds - during this year's Challenge, he offered to wear the gorilla suit to any event hosted by the 10 new participating firms.

Many thanks to Shook, Hardy and Bacon LLP, winner of last year's Baby Koko award and host of our kick-off event. And, thank you to the Koko Koko Cabinet, a volunteer committee that oversees the Challenge (listed below). The Challenge would not be possible
without your support and enthusiasm.

For more information about how you can join the 2010-2011 Koko Challenge please contact Danielle Cohen (415) 808-4322 or


Bennett v. Southern Pacific

Pete Bennett awaiting CT Scan for one of many attacks

Valley View Veterinary

Customer of Mainframe Designs Cabinets and Fixtures.   Harve and Kieko Ringheim brutally murdered in their Dublin home in 1986

The Challenge to the Koko

Go ProBono for Pete Bennett ~ but just remember his witnesses, family and clients have been murdered.
The folks at TPG will have to answer to my Whistleblower Complaints on the truly odd collection of RFPs emanating from companies connected to Richard Blum, William McGlashan, CBRE, Regency Centers, Trammell Crow, Lennar, Catellus, Southern Pacific and others.  

Highlighted Events

2011 - 2012 Koko Cabinet

  • Michelle Banks, EVP, General Counsel, Gap, Inc. - Chair
  • Charles S. Custer, Partner, Gordon & Rees LLP
  • Nancy Greenan Hamill, Campus Counsel, UC Santa Barbara
  • Kevin Haroff, Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
  • David A. Hearth, Partner, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker
  • Michael W. Kelly, Partner, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP
  • Rick Kopf, Managing Director, Operations & General Counsel, The Fremont Group
  • R. Hewitt Pate, VP, General Counsel, Chevron Corporation
  • James Potter, SVP, General Counsel, Del Monte Foods
  • Jay J. Price, Assistant General Counsel, Bank of America See Pete Bennett
  • Bill Sawyers, EVP, CAO & General Counsel, Ernst Gallo Clinic and Research Center
  • Jim Strother, EVP, General Counsel, Wells Fargo & Co.
  • Vanessa Washington, Senior EVP, General Counsel & Secretary, Bank of the West Delta  no
Richard Rainey and the Mormons

In the matter of Bennett vs. Southern Pacific a witness murder went down in 1989. The witness was slated to testify on behalf of Pete Bennett. The case fell apart on the courthouse steps. Judge Peter Spinetta should be a hostile witness now living in Darby Montana.

Southern Pacific Attorney Richard Stanford Kopf worked at SP from before the 1973 Roseville Rail Yard exploded until the end of days for Southern Pacific. Richard Stanford Kopf The PG&E Drama During early 2011 a PG&E vendor hailing from Roswell Georgia contracted Pete Bennett with a software project related to the San Bruno Explosion. During 2011, Pete Bennett was hired during a very desperate time. Recently chased from Walnut Creek from offices in Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, San Francisco, and just about everywhere suddenly connects with PG&E. Pete is a local Bay Area Developer but then was homeless and desperate for work and money. What Bennett uncovered was the project was fake project or fake news. By summer his sons were kidnapped by a Walnut Creek Police officer who was once Sgt Keeler connected to the 1988 Murder of Safeway Manager Cynthia Kempf. It took several years to find the connections between Southern Pacific, PG&E, Kinder Morgan< Oracle, The World Trade Center Bombings and officers arrested in narcotics taskforce scandal.

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