At Lopez McHugh, we understand the importance of giving back to the community and are committed to doing so. We understand that we are only as successful as the communities in which we live and are determined to cultivating and strengthening our society for our clients, our families, and our future. Whether through our participation in local activities or charitable giving, we make enhancing our community a top priority.
We strongly support our Lopez McHugh family members’ efforts to improve our community and are proud to dedicate this page to their successes.
Fighting for Our Friends with Cancer
The Firm and its attorneys and staff are huge supporters of the fight to find a cure for cancer. With cancer survivors employed by the firm and nearly every employee touched personally by cancer in some way, finding a cure for cancer is a goal we all hold near and dear to our hearts.
Some of the many cancer related events and organizations the Firm has contributed to include organizations like The St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is volunteer run charity working to fund research for cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. According to the Foundation’s site, it funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.
The Firm is also a multi-year sponsor of the Annual Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament, most recently held in Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Money raised through the tournament is donated to Susan G. Komen and The American Cancer Society. We look forward to the scheduling of the 2017 Rally for the Cure.
For the Kids
The Lehigh County Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is intended to provide consistent, credible and trained volunteers to help investigate, facilitate, monitor and advocate for Lehigh County’s abused and neglected children. As a CASA volunteer, Lopez McHugh, LLP attorney Carrie Capouellez serves as the “eyes and ears” of the juvenile dependency court; gathering information from the children, their families, foster parents, teachers, counselors and many others. The Court uses input from CASA volunteers to help make decisions that will provide safe, secure and permanent homes for at-risk children. With the support of the firm’s partners, Carrie has been able to proudly and actively serve as a CASA volunteer in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania since 2014.
The Navy Yard 5K
The third annual Navy Yard 5K was (almost) held in June. Lopez McHugh staffers Martha Bormann, Sr., Liz Kiernan, and Martha Bormann, Jr. were at the starting line and set to participate…until a severe storm lead to a postponement of this year’s event.
The Navy Yard 5K was started as a way to build community among the Philadelphia Navy Yard tenants and educate employees of workplace health, wellness, and fitness. Lopez McHugh has found this event to be a great way for the office and Navy Yard community to come together, be active, and have fun! #TNY5k
Philadelphia Bar Association 5K
For the third consecutive year, Lopez McHugh sent a team to participate in the Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K in May. They joined about 1,300 other runners and walkers in the annual charitable event to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates.
So how did the Lopez McHugh team do? Let’s just say they didn’t shatter any world records. But they did have a great time fueled by free coffee samples!
More importantly, members of the Lopez McHugh team did their part to help raise funds for the Support Center for Child Advocates. Since 1977, Child Advocates has provided free legal and social services for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia.
Members of the Lopez McHugh team included associate Carrie Capouellez and Liz Kiernan. This was Liz’s first year to participate in the annual event. She enjoyed watching the school-aged kids with all of their energy and looks forward to next year’s run.
Lobbying for Plaintiffs’ Rights
On May 23, 2013 Lopez McHugh associate Amorina Lopez (pictured in last row, third from right) participated in the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”) Women Trial Lawyers Caucus Lobby Days in Washington, D.C. The Women Trial Lawyers Caucus secured more than 100 appointments with members of Congress to discuss two bills on behalf of the rights of American consumers and victims of corporate wrongdoing.
Ms. Lopez worked with other female trial attorneys on ensuring Congress members’ co-sponsorship for the Arbitration Fairness Act, which would prohibit forced pre-dispute arbitration in employment, civil rights, and consumer disputes, and the Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act, which would make it easier to serve a foreign manufacturer with process within one of the fifty United States so that they may be properly be held accountable for the defective products they may distribute within our country. These efforts were a great success.