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New York lawyers are making sizable contributions to the worldwide tsunami disaster relief effort. A survey of relief agencies and law firm officials found at least $800,000 in donations and with hundreds of thousands more likely to come in the next few weeks. Money is coming in at least two ways: through direct firmwide donations and through firms’ matching individual lawyers’ donations. At Weil, Gotshal & Manges, attorneys received a series of e-mails between Dec. 31 and Monday from firm Chairman Stephen J. Dannhauser indicating the firm and its will donate a minimum $400,000. An immediate $200,000 was drawn from the Weil Gotshal Foundation. Beyond that, Mr. Dannhauser said “at least $200,000 and hopefully $300,000 in partner contributions” was to follow, with suggested minimum individual commitments of $1,000. Weil Gotshal’s contributions are to be distributed among four global humanitarian agencies: AmeriCares Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, the American Red Cross International Response Fund and Oxfam. The Red Cross was the designated agency for an immediate $100,000 firm contribution from Los Angeles’ Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, one-fifth of whose 780 lawyers are in New York. Managing Partner Kenneth M. Doran expects that amount to increase dramatically with individual donations. White & Case gave $100,000 to Oxfam. A firm spokeswoman indicated that that amount would likely increase. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom gave an aggregate $100,000 to AmeriCares, Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam, Save the Children and CARE. Individual partners are making personal contributions, and a Skadden matching fund program is under way to enhance donations from others, a firm spokesman said. Although it has not specified any relief agencies for its contribution, Clifford Chance, the global giant with about 350 lawyers in New York, also has pledged an outright $100,000 in firm funds. Richmond, Va.-based McGuire Woods has raised $26,000 so far in a matching fund collection from its 1,500 employees in 15 offices around the country, including New York. The collection, which continues until Jan. 15, will be donated to AmeriCares. Cravath, Swaine & Moore made a substantial but unspecified donation to the United Nations Children’s Fund, whose executive director, Carol Bellamy, is a former Cravath associate. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison has suggested its partners make personal contributions to major relief agencies, to be matched by the firm up to $1,000 each. Pittsburgh-based Reed Smith will donate $50,000, and match individual giving by its staff in 16 offices worldwide, including New York. The total will be split among the five top-ranking relief agencies cited by employees. Other firms pledging relief funds so far include Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; Sullivan & Cromwell; Baker & McKenzie; Latham & Watkins; Dechert; Hunton & Williams; Davis, Polk & Wardwell; Coudert Brothers; Kelley, Drye & Warren; Kilpatrick Stockton; and Linklaters. A major Wall Street firm whose spokeswoman requested corporate anonymity made an initial donation of some $100,000 and established an unlimited dollar-for-dollar matching fund. “It’s the right thing to do,” she said. “Sometimes you just go about it quietly.” � Thomas Adcock can be reached at [email protected].

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