Larkin Hoffman is committed to serving the communities in which we work. One of the most rewarding services we provide our community is legal services to those of limited means. We encourage all legal personnel to provide pro bono services and consider these services to be part of our practice.
Larkin Hoffman was one of the first 14 firms to sign on to the voluntary Minnesota State Bar Association Pro Bono Standard. As a leader in our profession, we commit to providing 2% of the firm’s billable hours to assisting individuals and organizations dedicated to addressing the needs of persons with limited means.
The firm’s attorneys are active members of chambers of commerce and city councils, and serve on the boards of local universities, hospitals and museums. Our employees have consistently participated in organizations such as The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, the National MS Society, Bridging and the American Cancer Society. We do well by doing good, as this spirit of dedication and teamwork makes for a positive work environment and plays a vital role in successfully fulfilling the needs of thousands of clients. We are very proud of the community organizations we serve.
Recent Community Service Involvement
Dan Ballintine Receives 2017 Bob Hoffman Community Service Award
Larkin Hoffman is pleased to announce that Dan Ballintine has been honored as the recipient of the firm’s Bob Hoffman Community Service Award for 2017. The firm presents the Bob Hoffman Community Service Award annually to an employee who best demonstrates an exemplary commitment to community service.
Dan has a distinguished history of community involvement, including his nearly nine years of service as a member of the Board of Directors of Bridging, Inc. “Dan’s work with Bridging and his enthusiastic support of those trying to find their way out of poverty is a source of pride for all of us at the firm.” Larkin Hoffman President Bill Griffith said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to recognize him for his service to Bridging.”
Dan has been Bridging’s secretary for several of his years with the organization and is the chair of its personnel committee, where he uses his skills and experience at a labor and employment law specialist to provide free consultation with Bridging’s executive director and staff on personnel-related issues. He has also been an avid supporter of Bridging’s fundraising activities. Dan, along with Larkin Hoffman, has sponsored the organization’s well-known “Subway Bedrace for Bridging” at Buck Hill in Burnsville, as well as its annual gala.
Dan is a litigator who represents companies in employment-related claims. He has developed a specialty for handling cases that involve temporary restraining orders. Dan also acts as general counsel for clients across a broad range of industries and represents all types of businesses including senior care conglomerates, manufacturing companies, retail establishments and service firms.
About the Award
Each year, Larkin Hoffman employees nominate co-workers they identify as someone who most exemplifies the spirit of service to the community that was established as a guiding principle for the firm by founder Bob Hoffman. Throughout his career, Bob earned a reputation as a great real estate and land use attorney as well as a man who generously gave back to his community. It is in honor of Bob that the firm established this award.
Larkin Hoffman Helps Salvation Army Kick Off Bell Ringing Season
Last weekend, Larkin Hoffman employees helped The Salvation Army kick off its 2017 bell-ringing season at the Mall of America. Nearly 20 volunteers from the firm took collections at three red kettles located at MOA entrances for 15 hours on Saturday, Nov. 18. The firm also provided direct financial support to The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army’s bell-ringing season will run through the evening of Dec. 24. One shift of bell ringing can raise enough money to provide two bags of groceries or a night of shelter for men, women, and children who use The Salvation Army’s services. Learn more about The Salvation Army and its volunteers.
Pride Parade 2017
On June 25, 2017, more than 50 Larkin Hoffman employees and their family members participated in the 2017 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade in Minneapolis. Participants walked the parade route in support of Twin Cities Pride, the group’s mission and members of the Twin Cities’ GLBT community.
“Larkin Hoffman has made a strong commitment to diversity and has a long history of supporting community organizations,” Bill Griffith, president of Larkin Hoffman, said.
Twin Cities Pride is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit serving the region’s GLBT community. The organization’s mission is to commemorate our diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues and celebrate achievements in equality.
19th Annual Bedrace for Bridging
Larkin Hoffman employees and their family members participated in Bridging Inc.’s 19th Annual Subway® Bedrace for Bridging event held Saturday, March 4 at Buck Hill in Burnsville, Minn. Members of the firm’s team raised $500 for the organization.
Hundreds individuals and 110 teams participated in this year’s event, which raised more than $80,000. The proceeds benefited Bridging Inc., a nonprofit organization located in Bloomington, Minn. that donates furniture and household items to needy families. Bridging is the largest furniture bank in North America.
Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
On January 16, 2017, Larkin Hoffman partnered with Second Harvest Heartland, for the third consecutive year, in an effort to help feed hungry families in the upper Midwest. Employees of the firm and members of their families spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day sorting and packing food at the organization’s Golden Valley warehouse.
“We are proud to continue our partnership with Second Harvest Heartland,” said Glenna Gilbert, chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. “Dr. King actively fought to end hunger and poverty and we’re grateful that we’re able to honor his legacy by continuing his fight.”
During the afternoon, 25 volunteers from the firm packed 3,840 pounds of food. The food was then distributed to stock local food shelves that feed children, working adults and seniors who don’t have enough to eat. In addition, several of the firm’s employees made financial donations to Second Harvest Heartland.
Second Harvest Heartland is one of the nation’s largest food banks delivering more than 80 million meals a year to nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other programs in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Second Harvest Heartland was founded on Oct. 1, 2001, when Second Harvest Greater Minneapolis and Second Harvest St. Paul merged after decades of separately fighting against hunger.
Victoria Dutcher and Muna Omar Recognized for Human Rights Outreach, Community Involvement
Larkin Hoffman is proud to congratulate two of its law clerks who were recently recognized for their international humanitarian work, local community leadership and academic accomplishments.
Victoria Dutcher, a student at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, was awarded a Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowship in Human Rights and Law by the human rights organization, World Without Genocide. Victoria’s work focuses on monitoring persecuted religious groups in Burma and developing outreach to human rights groups operating in that country. This is the second year Victoria has been honored with the fellowship.
Muna Omar, a student at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, was awarded the Judge Michael Davis Scholarship by the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, a bar association for minority attorneys in Minnesota. Muna was awarded the scholarship for her work in the community and academic achievement, as well as for demonstrating how her work advances the mission of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers.
“We are proud of the achievements and recognition of both award recipients and delighted to be associated with these remarkable law students,” Bill Griffith, president of Larkin Hoffman said.