Lawyers Have Heart Strides into Record-Breaking Year, Raises $1.26 Million

A rainy day in Washington DC didn’t keep over 4,000 runners and walkers from taking to the streets of Georgetown for the 32nd annual Lawyers Have Heart 10k, 5k & Fun Walk – raising a record-breaking $1.26 million.

American University Washington College of Law and Lawyers Have Heart co-chair David Jaffe

Hundreds of teams and law firms from across the globe joined together in a shared commitment to boost physical and emotional well-being and eradicate heart disease and stroke. Teams had the option to participate at the in-person event on Saturday, June 11 in Georgetown or record their miles virtually from anywhere in the world they feel inspired. In the month leading up to Lawyers Have Heart, participants kickstarted their training with a Move More Challenge presented by Shumaker & Sieffert, P.A., which tracked more than 95,000 minutes of activity.

The leadership and vision of event co-chairs John Harrity of Harrity & Harrity, LLP and David Jaffe, Dean of Students at American University Washington College of Law, guided the event’s success as it moved to a hybrid model following two years of virtual races during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The energy in the air on race morning was indescribable. It felt tremendous to be back in person after two years,” Harrity said.

“To know thousands of people around the world are also participating virtually and linking arms with the American Heart Association through Lawyers Have Heart makes my role as event co-chair even more gratifying,” Jaffe said.

Harrity & Harrity, LLP and Lawyers Have Heart co-chair John Harrity

Day-of highlights included opportunities to pay tribute to those impacted by heart disease and stroke, team photos presented by The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, CPR Training, a photobooth station from Bloomberg Law and a post-event awards ceremony recognizing top runners and fundraising teams.

From furthering lifesaving research to protecting the hearts we love, each runner and walker has their reason for supporting Lawyers Have Heart. Julie Hartenbach, the winner of our 5k female division, shared what inspired her to push through the race:

“My dad passed in February 2022 at 67 after a massive stroke. He was an endurance athlete, an incredible distance runner in his prime. I got those genes. Winning this 5k race meant more to me than any other race I’ve won,” she said. “When things got difficult in the second half, I kept thinking about dad. I’m now hoping to continue making him proud and keep his legacy alive.” 


Below are our 2022 Lawyers Have Heart Award recipients:

Top Company by Participants Recruited: Harrity & Harrity, LLP

Top Fundraising Company: Harrity & Harrity, LLP

Top Fundraising Individual: David Jaffe, Dean of Students at American University Washington College of Law

Move More Challenge Winner: Jones Robb PLLC






5k In-Person Participants (Male):

  1. Ryan Witters
  2. David Wertz
  3. Daniel Anderson

5k Virtual Participants (Male):

  1. Andrew Gerla
  2. Jason Trenton
  3. Scott Shelton






5k In-Person Participants (Female):

  1. Julie Hartenbach
  2. Tina Laritz
  3. Madeline Lamo

5k Virtual Participants (Female):

  1. Quyen Truong
  2. Madison Gestiehr
  3. Jessie Gregson-Williams






10k In-Person Participants (Male):

  1. Nick Doud
  2. Nathan Bickell
  3. Marcelo Jauregui-Vo

10k Virtual Participants (Male):

  1. Jackson Zebovitz
  2. Tom Morgan
  3. Alastair Chapman






10k In-Person Participants (Female):

  1. Kerry Allen
  2. Sabrina Zator
  3. Emma Hecker

10k Virtual Participants (Female):

  1. Ainsley Gill
  2. Karen Mawdsley
  3. Liliana Ramirez

Want to see how you or a loved one placed in this year’s race? Check out our in-person leaderboard presented by Venable, LLP or our virtual results presented by Lockton Companies. Proceeds raised from Lawyers Have Heart help to train more people in CPR, advance health equity, and fuel scientific breakthroughs that make more of life’s moments possible. Donations can still be made at

Finisher photos presented by Latham & Watkins are available for download here.

This event is made possible through the support of sponsors including Harrity & Harrity, LLP, Credibility International, Latham & Watkins, Bloomberg Law, Sheehy Auto Stores, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Buckley LLP, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Shumaker & Sieffert, P.A., Sidley Austin LLP, Allen & Overy LLP, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Clark Construction Group, LLC, Crowell & Moring LLP, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhause Deringer US LLP, FTI Consulting, Goodwin Procter LLP, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Holland & Knight LLP, Lockton Companies, LLC, Perkins Coie LLP, Proskauer, Ropes & Gray LLP, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Venable LLP, iDiscovery Solutions, Inc., Wiley Rein LLP and more!