April showers bring May flowers

From Casino Night in Hollywood at LATLC to Orange County’s annual charity roast

Bradley S. Wallace
Michelle M. West
2024 May

“April showers bring May flowers” is a saying that can be traced all the way back to England and the 1500’s poet Thomas Tusser. Back then, he wrote “Sweet April showers do spring May Flowers.”

Both Los Angeles and Orange County Trial Lawyers’ Charities are “pass through” organizations. What we raise is what we can give away through grants and direct giving. In other words, thanks to an April shower of support, both of us may spring more flowers throughout our communities.

Last month, LATLC returned to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for a full Casino Night, with great activities, delicious dining, a successful silent auction, and non-stop dancing. More than 400 guests had a great night, with incredible prizes like a Bottega Veneta designer bag, front row tickets to a Zach Bryan concert, and the AlderLaw Lakers Suite for 12 guests.

We also enjoyed the smooth jazz from one of our partner charities, The Harmony Project, an incredible music education organization dedicated exclusively to youth from low-income families and under-resourced communities and one of the most effective arts-based, youth development programs in the nation.

Even real April showers couldn’t stop us!

Special thanks to all of our wonderful supporters, especially our Title Sponsors ChartSquad, Elder & Spencer, and TorkLaw; and our Benefactors: ACTS, Scott J. Corwin, APLC, Lallande Law PLC, Signature Resolution, and The Wallace Firm.

Orange County annual Roast

OCTLC hosted our annual Roast the following week at the Westin South Coast Plaza. The Roast featured former LATLC President Bob Simon, who became a founder of OCTLC when it was first created.

Bob Simon, Attorney Share and friends and supporters like Dordick Law Corporation, Outlier Creative, the May Firm, TorkLaw, Nguyen Theam Lawyers, ChartSquad and so many more wonderful and generous law firms and law firm support organizations and businesses made the event a huge success. This was a very toasty roast indeed and funds were raised for adaptive tricycles at our upcoming combination LATLC/OCTLC Great Tryke Giveaway.

Supporting Equine Therapy and Autism Acceptance

But April was not only a month of showers – it was a month of volunteer activities for both LATLC and OCTLC.

On April 12, OCTLC was lucky enough to participate in an event with Free Rein in Huntington Beach. Free Rein is an organization that provides animal-therapy programs using rescue horses to heal at-risk youth. Free Rein provides a wonderful life of love and caring to the rescued horses who then are used to assist humans with equine therapy. OCTLC enjoyed learning about how this equine therapy works and how to communicate and interact with these wonderful creatures.

LATLC ended April (which was also Autism Acceptance Month) with a special project at Exceptional Children’s Foundation’s Early Start school. In 2018, we transformed their playground with new mulch and an edible garden. On April 30, we returned to beautify their entrance with colorful flowers and outdoor seating.

So, thank you to everyone who transformed April showers into a flowering garden of financial and volunteer support for both of our organizations.

Bradley S. Wallace Bradley S. Wallace

The founder of The Wallace Firm, PC and a highly accomplished trial lawyer, Bradley S. Wallace has tried jury trials throughout California and his results speak for themselves. In 2017, Bradley Wallace was inducted as one of the youngest members of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Born and raised in Los Angeles, Bradley Wallace currently serves on the 2024 Board of Directors for Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). Mr. Wallace was recently selected as a “2024 Southern California Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine for the fifth consecutive year, after seven (7) consecutive selections as a “Southern California Rising Star” dating back to 2013. Bradley Wallace currently serves as President of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities, a non-profit founded and run by Plaintiff Trial Attorneys committed to giving back to the greater Los Angeles community.

Michelle M. West Michelle M. West

Michelle M. West is an attorney with Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc. in Newport Beach, CA where she focuses on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. She graduated Pepperdine University School of Law in 2003 and has practiced for over 10 years almost exclusively on behalf of injured individuals and consumers. Ms. West is a member of CAOC, CAALA, WLALA, Orange County Bar Association, and the OCBA Administration of Justice Committee. Ms. West was selected as a 2010 and 2011 SuperLawyer Rising Star in Southern California and in 2014 became a Fellow of the ABOTA National Trial College.

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