The American Association for Justice has awarded Bartimus Frickleton and Robertson, P.C. the Trial Care Award in recognition of our outstanding community outreach.
Here at the firm, we truly care about doing our part to serve our community. One of the ways we achieve this is making and delivering sandwiches to the City Union Mission, a homeless shelter in Kansas City. Every Tuesday for the past 22 years, we roll up our sleeves and make more than 350 ham and cheese sandwiches. It’s a tradition for us, and we’re proud to put all hands on deck to make it happen. “People love it,” says partner Jim Bartimus. “It’s unusual.” Unusual, yes, but people love it. Even some of our clients have participated with us!
Every week, we purchase all of the ingredients for our sandwiches wholesale from a local grocery store. What began 22 years ago with 50 sandwiches has turned into the large-scale project it is today. Since Mr. Bartimus began this charitable cause, the firm has donated more than $100,000.
This isn’t the only way we give back. Once a month, other members of our team volunteer at the local food pantry. We provide paid time off for our employees who donate their time to this cause. We also have team members who read with disadvantaged kids weekly through the nonprofit organizations Operation Breakthrough and Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance.
Jim and Dana Bartimus founded the Dana James Charitable Foundation to provide assistance to kids in need, and regularly contribute to causes that benefit children. Partner Chip Robertson also founded a charitable organization, Christmas Present, Inc., which provides more than 500 gifts for families in need during the holiday season. The firm now purchases and wraps gifts to be distributed within the community.
“There’s so much need out there,” Bartimus says. “We’re supposed to be lawyers and leaders in our community. We can’t bury our heads in the sand and hope someone else does it.”
According to our business manager, Kim Millican, “For many years, the partners have encouraged all attorneys and staff members to participate in charity endeavors for whatever organizations they choose, as well as firm-supported work. We must set the bar and be the example to others out there. We can all do more, all the time. We have to think about the impact we can have on others’ lives through our giving.”