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G. Hamilton Loeb Award

The G. Hamilton Loeb Award for Pro Bono Excellence

This annual award recognizes the lawyers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide exceptional pro bono legal service to the DC Metropolitan Creative Community in the past 12 months.

The 2019 G. Hamilton Loeb Award Nominees are:

Sole Practitioner Category:

Kurt R. Klaus
H. Steve Ngo
Cathie Saadeh

Small Firm Category:

Dayna C. Cooper of Boyd, Cooper & Associates LLC
Rob Litowitz of Kelly IP
Micah Salb of Lippman, Semsker & Salb LLC
Kirk T. Shroder of Schroder Brooks Law Firm PLC

Large Firm Category:

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Venable LLP

Congratulations to our 2019 Finalist Nominees! The winners will be announced on November 20, 2019.


We invite the WALA Community to nominate the individual lawyer or team of lawyers who have demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting the arts through legal pro bono.

We need your help to recognize these amazing individuals.

How does it work?

Nominate a lawyer or team of lawyers by filling out the nomination form by November 1. In early November we will announce The G. Hamilton Loeb Award for Pro Bono Excellence finalists in three categories:

  • Large Firm
  • Small Firm
  • Sole Practitioner
  • There will be three (3) finalists in each category. If your nominee is selected as a finalist you will be asked to send in a 20-second video supporting your nomination.

The WALA Board of Directors and Loeb Family will select the winner in each category, and the winners will announced at the awards luncheon on November 20, 2019, at the Law Offices of Paul Hastings LLP in Washington, DC.

In Memory

G. Hamilton “Ham” Loeb, co-founder of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, died July 30, 2018, of a brain tumor, at the age of 67. Ham was a partner in the litigation practice of Paul Hastings LLP where he helped establish the Washington, DC office and was part of the firm for 35 years. He was co-chair of the American Bar Association’s International Trade Committee, and in addition to co-founding WALA, he served as its president for seven years.

Ham graduated from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, a member of the Judiciary Committee, and was admitted into the Raven Society. He graduated from Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He was a law clerk to Judge James Browning, chief judge of the 9th circuit court of appeals.

Ham is survived by his wife of 45 years, Bonnie; his two children, Max and Molly; a grandchild, Zachary; and a brother, Stuart Loeb of New Orleans.

At the request of the Loeb Family, WALA is honored to establish The G. Hamilton Loeb Memorial Endowment Fund. Distributions from the fund have been used to endow the G. Hamilton Loeb Award for Pro Bono Excellence recognizing outstanding pro bono leadership in the arts and legal services community.


Donations by check may be sent to:

  1. Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
    Attn: G. Hamilton Loeb Memorial Endowment Fund
    1629 K Street, NW, Suite 300
    Washington DC 20006
  2. Electronic donations may be submitted through our online giving form. Please select the G. HAMILTON LOEB MEMORIAL GIFT slider to designate your gift.

For further information about the Fund and the G. Hamilton Loeb Award for Pro Bono Excellence, please contact WALA Executive Director John C. Good at or call (202) 289-4440 ext. 3.