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Meet Our Members

Click the names below to learn more about these members and their support of Public Justice:

    • Jennie Lee Anderson

      California homeowners who were deceptively lured into buying home loans with higher interest rates than originally promised will be repaid, due to the hard work of Andrus Anderson Attorney Jennie Lee Anderson. Jennie was co-lead counsel in the class action, which resulted in a $100 million dollar se Read More...
    • Tim Bailey

      Though Tim Bailey comes from generations of coal miners, he didn’t go to law school thinking he’d spend his career fighting for miners who’ve been harmed on the job. While working for a defense firm early in his career, Bailey was asked to do leg work on a wrongful death case involving an alum Read More...
    • Michael Barasch

      A series of defining and unexpected moments have taken Michael Barasch from being a reluctant law student to being one of America’s chief advocates for 9/11 first responders and others harmed by toxic dust in lower Manhattan in 2001. Barasch describes himself as the “worst student in the hist Read More...
    • Raymond P. Boucher

      Ray Boucher is a litigator with an unrelenting and unusual global focus. His first attraction to his profession came as a child, when he read in his hometown newspaper about how many of the people who worked to avert catastrophe in the Cuban Missile Crisis were lawyers. He became a trial lawyer, he  Read More...
    • Mitchell Breit

      Mitchell Breit, a New York City litigator with a specialty in product defect and pharmaceutical mass torts, and groundwater contamination class actions, comes by his practice honestly. Not only does he have family, including two brothers, who work as trial lawyers, he has also seen things from the o Read More...
    • Vivian Connell

      Vivian Connell’s calling to public interest law came when advising her students in the Voices Activated club on how to pursue grassroots social activism on issues they cared about. A longtime teacher and vocal opponent of the creeping privatization of America’s public schools, particularly the s Read More...
    • Linda Correia

      In Linda Correia’s first ever trial, she represented a woman who had been fired due to sex discrimination, and was struck by watching her client in the moment the jury announced the verdict. “She had been tough as nails and stoic throughout, but had suffered a deep-seated loss to her dignity  Read More...
    • Lynn Drysdale

      Lynn Drysdale has long been an ally to those who have been abused by unjust lending practices that set borrowers up for failure. Although she primarily represents low-income people, Drysdale has a special interest in veteran families and has testified on their behalf both in court and in front of Read More...
    • Simona A. Farrise

      A 70-year-old pump mechanic who developed mesothelioma as a result of his work handling gaskets and other products that contained asbestos has finally obtained justice, thanks to Los Angeles attorney Simona Farrise and her legal team. Richard Keeney worked for 15 years at a sugar refinery plant i Read More...
    • Brenda S. Fulmer

      Brenda Fulmer has successfully battled some of the biggest pharmaceutical corporations in the country, but what she’s most proud of is how her work helps real people. She cites her involvement in the Fen-Phen and Vioxx litigation as being some of her most rewarding cases, as they played a huge rol Read More...
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)

      Martin Harnett was severely disabled at birth due to medical negligence and lived his short life as a quadriplegic. Thanks to the settlement awarded through the Harnett’s medical malpractice lawsuit, the family was able to buy a home that was fully accessible for Martin, providing him some comfort Read More...
    • Abbas Kazerounian

      After graduating from law school, Abbas Kazerounian had $200 and a flip phone. Working out of a coffee shop, he took what he had and started what is now one of Southern California’s preeminent consumers’ rights law firms. Few people better typify the term “jack of all trades” than Kazerou Read More...
    • Adam Klein

      Adam Klein sees the cases he and his firm Outten & Golden take - class actions on behalf of misclassified low-wage workers, African-American and Latino job applicants, and other people harmed in the workplace - as a way to bring about important social change. “When I was bringing individual Read More...
    • Stanley J. Marks

      Stan Marks is a big believer that action through the civil justice system echoes far beyond the courtroom. As his career has shown, when victims of crime, government incompetence, and corporate greed take the entity harming them to court, it can change the minds of lawmakers and the public. “Re Read More...
    • McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love

      Public Justice member firm McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love stands out. The five partners, Randi McGinn, Allegra Carpenter, Elicia Montoya, Kathy Love, and Katie Curry, are all women. Even in 2015, that makes them very unusual in the legal world. Perhaps as distinctive, according to partner  Read More...
    • Mary Alice McLarty

      Mary Alice McLarty is passionate about her clients, the civil justice system, and about being a trial lawyer. Known as “Mary Alice from Dallas” to friends and colleagues, she has been practicing law for almost 30 years, concentrating on catastrophic injury cases, including RSD and brain injuries Read More...
    • Jack Olender

      Jack Olender’s first major malpractice case sounds like a Hollywood movie. The case hinged on the notes of a nurse who was present at a birth three years prior, but who had since moved on. Jack couldn’t locate her and without her testimony, he didn’t have much of a case. Finally, through sheer Read More...
    • Monique Olivier

      Monique Olivier was first drawn to a life of service because of her parents. As the daughter of the town doctor in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, she grew up with a strong sense of community and desire to have a positive impact on the people around her. After college, she spent a year volunteering with t Read More...
    • Daryl D. Parks

      Two cases on which Daryl Parks is currently working involve the death, on school grounds, of a consistently bullied teen dismissed by the school as a freak accident, and an investigation regarding the killing of a young Mississippi man who might have become the first openly gay elected official in h Read More...
    • Gale Pearson

      Gale Pearson grew up hearing her father, also an attorney, say: “If you don’t have integrity, you don’t have anything.” Integrity for Pearson meant fairness. As a young girl, she watched her mother take on causes for justice and admits that she felt embarrassed at times about her mother Read More...
    • Patrick Perotti

      When the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation wrongfully demanded that thousands of injured workers turn over money they received from settlements, Patrick Perotti and a team of attorneys ensured that all of the injured workers received a full refund of their improperly held funds. The case, Sa Read More...
    • Michael Pitt

      Michael Pitt doesn't mind telling you he was in awe the first time he watched Dean Robb "work his magic" in a courtroom. Like Pitt, Robb was a product of the Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. But in the mid-1970s, Pitt was just getting his law career off the ground. Robb was already a Read More...
    • Harris L. Pogust

      Public Justice Member Harris L. Pogust said he always wanted to be a lawyer, but originally didn’t know what kind of law he wanted to practice. He quickly learned that litigation was for him. “I’m not one to sit behind a desk all day,” Pogust said. “I like the excitement of litigation.  Read More...
    • Chad Roberts

      As someone who went to college for engineering, then spent eight years as a Naval officer before going to law school, Chad Roberts had always gravitated towards the more technological aspects of legal work. It took a mid-career sabbatical to help him realize devoting his practice solely to helping o Read More...
    • Sandra Robinson

      "In this business, you've really got to be able to listen," says Washington D.C. attorney Sandra Robinson. "Not just to identify what the issues are in a legal case, but to help comfort people in pain." Sandra is well regarded for her warmth and empathy by her clients, as well as by her colleague Read More...
    • Ronald Rodriguez

      Beginning in 2001, Laredo, Texas attorney Ronald Rodriguez took on one of the nation's largest private prison corporations in the beating death of an inmate. Just a few days before his scheduled release, Gregorio de la Rosa, who was serving a six-month DUI sentence, was beaten to death in the prison Read More...
    • Gerson H. Smoger

      In 1995, Dallas attorney Gerson Smoger filed the first of many cases against the Doe Run Co. and its owners, including Fluor Corp. and Massey Energy. For decades, these companies' lead smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri, had been contaminating the air and soil of the surrounding community. Local child Read More...
    • Tara Sutton

      To people who know Tara Sutton and her practice, it's not surprising that Benchmark Litigation named her a "Litigation Star" for 2013. Or that Minnesota Super Lawyers included her in its "Top 50 Women Lawyers." At her firm in Minneapolis, Tara represents individuals harmed by the pharmaceutical a Read More...
    • Beth Terrell

      When Washington Wal-Mart employees came to Seattle attorney Beth Terrell and told her how they had routinely been denied lunch and rest breaks and forced to work off the clock, she filed a lawsuit against the retail giant and forced the company to turn over its time records. She was shocked by what  Read More...
    • Preston Tisdale

      When he was young, Preston Tisdale was training to become a concert pianist. Then came the civil rights movement. His parents’ trailblazing activism in his Western Connecticut community, and the lawyers he saw leading the charge for equal rights during that time, put him on the path to becoming Read More...
    • Janet Varnell

      The family of a Florida man who was killed by excessive police force will finally get justice, thanks to the work of attorney Janet Varnell. Varnell and a team of attorneys, including Public Justice Board President Ted Leopold and board member Tony Romanucci, sued the Marion County, Fla. Sheriff’s Read More...
    • Webb, Klase & Lemond LLC

      If there’s one word managing partner Adam Webb of Atlanta’s Webb, Klase & Lemond would use to describe his firm, it’s “creative”. His firm doesn’t cut and paste solutions. Instead, they fight against abuses of power on multiple fronts in original ways in order to give everyday citize Read More...