Weld Riley, S.C. – Giving Back
As Weld Riley, S.C. celebrated 25 years of service to individuals, businesses and other organizations in western Wisconsin in 2016, we also wanted to spend some time serving the community.
In December, a group of attorneys and staff decided to spend a morning packing 25,000 meals for kids and families around the area. They called it their “Silver Service Day,” in honor of 25 years of service at Weld Riley. The meals are comprised of rice, vegetables and nutrient powder and vacuum packed into plastic bags designed to feed a family of six.
It’s that kind of community service that is typical of a law firm which serves, among others, numerous public entities like cities, counties and school districts.
“We’ve been in business for 25 years, and in that time, we’ve made an effort to give back to the community,” said Managing Partner Christine Gimber.
Both attorneys and staff members say events like this help reinforce the giving spirit, especially around the holidays.
“We work with a lot of non-profits who need help. And it’s nice to not just provide that assistance from a distance, but actually get involved hands-on. It feels good,” added attorney Ben Jones.
This is not the first time staff members and attorneys have given their time and talents to help organizations in western Wisconsin. They say it’s a spirit of giving back that permeates the firm.
“The Chippewa Valley has been very generous to us over the last 25 years. We really value the opportunity to give back to the community where we work and where we live,” Gimber added.
Since the firm started back in 1991, original partner Steve Weld says volunteerism and service has been a cornerstone of what it means to be an attorney at Weld Riley.
“I think we want to be leaders in the community, and we believe we can provide support to groups in the community. We’re proud of being in the Chippewa Valley, and so we actively encourage our lawyers to give back in whatever way they would like,” Weld says.
With firm locations in Eau Claire, Menomonie and Black River Falls, there are ample opportunities for Weld Riley attorneys and staff to help out and get involved.
Attorney MaiVue Xiong says, “We certainly make community service our top priority. We know that the reason we’ve had 25 years of success is because of our community. Our community has backed us up and supported us and we truly feel it is our duty to give back to the same community who has supported us, has gotten us where we are today. And so we certainly care throughout the firm. We serve in our community, we serve on boards, we represent and give away a lot of service to individuals that need it, to companies and nonprofits that need it because we truly feel it is our duty to do so.”
Weld Riley, S.C. was founded in 1991. The firm consists of more than thirty lawyers across three offices (Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Black River Falls) and offers a full range of legal services, including labor and employment, business law, estate planning, tax representation, municipal law, mining and mineral rights, environmental law, banking and creditor rights, civil litigation, worker’s compensation defense, criminal defense, immigration, and family law.