What does the largest 3on3 basketball tournament in the world and Lee & Hayes, a national intellectual property firm, have in common? A shared devotion to the Spokane community.
“Hoopfest pretty much epitomizes what we incorporate in our firm’s value system, which emphasizes the importance of community involvement, health and wellness, teamwork, hard work, family and fun,” says Shannon Carroll, Marketing and Recruiting Manager at Lee & Hayes.
Lee & Hayes, a national intellectual property firm based out of Spokane, joined Hoopfest in a big way in its first year as a sponsor. Not only is Lee & Hayes a Major Sponsor, but it is also the Official Hoopfest 2017 Poster Sponsor. An example of their commitment to the Spokane community, this year Lee & Hayes is centering its company-wide corporate retreat around Hoopfest weekend!
The Spokane-based firm is filled with bright attorneys with a wide range of advanced degrees in the sciences to work with some of the most innovative organizations and start-ups across the globe. It has seven open offices around the country, from Washington to the east coast.
The accolades the firm has received are plentiful.
Lee & Hayes is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s highest-quality firms by Intellectual Property Management (IAM) 300 & 1,000, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers ®, Super Lawyers ® and Best Places to Work Inland Northwest.
Even with its national presence, Lee & Hayes continues to devote itself to the local community.
“Lee & Hayes is a great example of how a successful global company is thriving here in Spokane,” says Hoopfest Director of Brand Strategy and Business Development, Bailee Neyland. “Not only is it one of the best in the world at what it does, but it is constantly thoughtful in giving back to its community.”
The businesses are different, but Hoopfest and Lee & Hayes share similar goals.
“There are several parallels that I believe Hoopfest has in common with Lee & Hayes,” Bailee explains. “Aside from hosting the Best Basketball Weekend on Earth, Spokane Hoopfest is both present and active in the Spokane community year-round. ‘Create magic. Enrich lives. Build community.’ That is our motto. It’s exciting to think of all the more we can do for our tournament, our city and our community by partnering with sponsors like Lee & Hayes.”
Spokane is a budding business hotspot that continues to grow and be prosperous for young companies. Lee & Hayes, the country’s top patent firm in quality four years in a row, settled in Spokane with that very vision.
It is at the forefront of realizing intellectual property as asset class and just like Hoopfest, it continues to put Spokane on the map nationally.
“We show that you can do amazing things in Spokane,” says Richard Denenny, President and Partner at Lee & Hayes and 20-year Hoopfest participant. “Being in Spokane was a deliberate decision. Lewis Lee could have built this firm anywhere. There’s a subset of entrepreneurs who affirmatively build in Spokane.”
From left to right: Richard Denenny, Rob Hartman, Taki Flevaris, Tyler Downey and Ryan Kaufman include Lee & Hayes attorneys and comprise the team “True Grit.”
Lee & Hayes has found the secret to success, and through this partnership devotes time and assets to helping the community. In addition, it prides itself in a non-traditional corporate culture.
An example of the culture and community is the company-wide wellness program they participate in based on four principles: Active, Family, Team and Community.
In the community category, the firm gives each employee a chance to work on a Saturday with all earnings going toward a 501(c)3 nonprofit of their choice. Last year, the firm raised $70,000 dispersed amongst numerous nonprofits — including us at Hoopfest. On top of that, its 2016 Charity Drive generated $55,000, which was distributed to 22 community and charitable organizations.
“We really try to foster a collegial atmosphere, by supporting ongoing Wellness Initiative and Community Outreach programs, and allowing our folks to maintain a healthy work-life balance,” Carroll says. “We are proud of the talented team we have and it’s important to us to cultivate an environment that allows them to be at the top of their game.”
With a partnership with Lee & Hayes, Hoopfest will be sure to stay at the top of its game, too! We’re thankful to welcome them to our team of all-star sponsors.
Be sure to pick up an Official Hoopfest 2017 Poster sponsored by Lee & Hayes at our merchandise store this Hoopfest weekend!