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Staff

    • Tonia Allison
      Member Services Coordinator

      Tonia Allison joined the Foundation staff as Development Processing Assistant in September 2010 and currently serves as the organization's Member Services Coordinator. Before coming to Public Justice, Tonia had three years of gift processing experience with the United States Naval Academy Foundatio Read More...
    • Alexis Amann
      Human Resources Coordinator

      Alexis Amann is based out of the Oakland, California Public Justice office and is responsible for working with the Office and Human Resource Manager to ensure that Public Justice has the staff, policies, and practices needed to sustain our team and organizational well-being. Before coming to Public Read More...
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    • Paula Athey
      Legal Assistant

      Paula Athey assists Managing Attorney Adele Kimmel, Environmental Enforcement Director Jim Hecker, Power-Cotchett Attorney Richard Webster, Food Safety & Health Attorney David Muraskin, and Thornton-Robb Attorney Gabriel Hopkins. She joined Public Justice in 1995 as the Receptionist and was pro Read More...
    • Leslie Bailey
      Director, Debtors' Prison Project & Senior Attorney

      Leslie A. Bailey is a senior attorney in Public Justice’s Oakland, California office, and Director of the organization's Debtors' Prison Project. Leslie litigates complex public interest cases and appeals involving civil rights and liberties, consumer protection, and court secrecy. She has briefed Read More...
    • Jennifer Bennett
      Staff Attorney

      Jennifer Bennett is a Staff Attorney at Public Justice, where she focuses on appellate and Supreme Court litigation. Jennifer litigates precedent-setting appeals on a wide range of issues, including civil rights, workers’ rights, consumer protection, and government transparency. Her recent work in Read More...
    • F. Paul Bland, Jr.
      Executive Director

      F. Paul Bland, Jr., Executive Director, has been a senior attorney at Public Justice since 1997. As Executive Director, Paul manages and leads Public Justice's legal and foundation staff, guiding the organization’s litigation docket and other advocacy. As staff and senior attorney, he was resp Read More...
    • Leslie A. Brueckner
      Senior Attorney

      Leslie A. Brueckner is a Senior Attorney at Public Justice, where she specializes in cutting-edge appellate litigation in the state and federal courts.  A 1987 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Leslie’s current areas of practice include class actions, constitutional law, federal pr Read More...
    • Arthur H. Bryant
      Chairman Emeritus

      Arthur H. Bryant, Chairman Emeritus of Public Justice, has won major victories and established new precedents in several areas of the law, including constitutional law, toxic torts, civil rights, consumer protection, and mass torts. The National Law Journal has twice named him one of the 100 Most  Read More...
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    • Jason H. Connor
      Food Project Fellow

      Jason Connor is an attorney and the Food Project’s legal fellow. His work at Public Justice centers on developing litigation aimed at increasing transparency in federal and state agricultural regulation and public accountability in Big Ag. Jason is a recent graduate of NYU School of Law, where  Read More...
    • Greg Cork
      Major Gifts Officer

      Greg Cork joined the Public Justice team as Major Gifts Officer in March of 2019. Prior to assuming this role, Greg ran his own consulting LLC, advising nonprofits on strategic and business planning, fundraising, organizational structuring, and board and talent recruitment. Greg brings to Public  Read More...
    • Jessica Culpepper
      Food Project Director

      Jessica Culpepper is Director of Public Justice's Food Project.  Before joining Public Justice, Jessica was a Barker Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Humane Society of the United States in the Farm Animal Welfare Division. There  she worked primarily on fighting pollution from Concentrated Ani Read More...
    • Karla Gilbride
      Cartwright-Baron Senior Attorney

      Karla Gilbride joined Public Justice in October 2014 as our Cartwright-Baron senior attorney. Her work focuses on fighting mandatory arbitration provisions imposed on consumers and workers to prevent them from holding corporations accountable for their wrongdoing in court. She has testified befor Read More...
    • Susan Gombert
      Senior Meetings & Events Manager

      Susan Gombert, CMP is Senior Meetings & Events Manager at the Public Justice Foundation. She is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation's meetings and special events, and is a staff liaison to the Foundation's Gala Committee. Prior to joining Public Justice, Susan was the Membership Dir Read More...
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    • Brian Hardingham
      Debtors' Prison Project Attorney

      Brian Hardingham is based in the Oakland, California office of Public Justice. Before joining Public Justice, Brian clerked for Judge Jane Stranch on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Cormac Carney in the Central District of California. Brian also spent a year and a half doing pretrial a Read More...
    • Jim Hecker
      Director, Environmental Enforcement Project

      Jim Hecker, Environmental Enforcement Project Director at Public Justice, received an undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Illinois, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Jim received his J.D., magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law. He earned distinctions  Read More...
    • Adele P. Kimmel
      Senior Attorney

      Adele P. Kimmel, Senior Attorney, is based in the DC Headquarters of Public Justice. Since joining the law firm in 1994, Adele has worked on wide range of civil rights cases, representing prisoners and immigrant detainees who were beaten, sexually assaulted, denied adequate medical care, and killed; Read More...
    • Neil Levine
      Senior Attorney, Environmental Enforcement Project

      Neil Levine is a senior attorney on Public Justice’s Environmental Enforcement Project. He joined Public Justice in December 2017 after spending 25 years representing national organizations and community groups throughout the country on a wide range of environmental issues. Neil previously serv Read More...
    • Lexi McMenamin
      Communications Associate

      Lexi McMenamin, Communications Associate, assists the Communications team with the organization’s growing portfolio of media, outreach and organizing work. Lexi’s role particularly focuses on Public Justice’s digital communications, as well as supporting Public Justice’s outreach and coaliti Read More...
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    • Kathleen Morris
      Legal Assistant/Operations Coordinator

      Kathleen Morris joined Public Justice in January 2012 and currently serves as Legal Assistant/Operations Coordinator, based in our West Coast office. Prior to coming to Public Justice, Kathy worked as a paralegal for a small civil litigation practice which represented clients in a wide variety of  Read More...
    • David Muraskin
      Food Project Senior Attorney

      David S. Muraskin is a Food Project Senior Attorney with Public Justice in Washington, D.C. He focuses on impact litigation to promote sustainable alternatives to the industrial animal agriculture system. His docket consists of constitutional, consumer, worker, and environmental cases. Of part Read More...
    • Brent Newell
      Food Project Senior Attorney

      Brent Newell is a Food Project Senior Attorney with Public Justice in Oakland, California, where he works with the Food Project team to reform the industrial animal agriculture system, support impacted communities, and promote sustainable alternatives. Prior to joining Public Justice in 2018, Bre Read More...
    • Victoria W. Ni
      Deputy Director

      Victoria W. Ni, Deputy Director, is based in the Oakland, Calif., office of Public Justice. Since joining the firm in 2000, Vicky has litigated a wide range of cases focused on protecting and ensuring the rights of consumers, workers, victims, and individuals with disabilities; free speech; and eq Read More...
    • Leah M. Nicholls
      Senior Attorney

      Leah Nicholls joined Public Justice's D.C. office in September 2012 as the Kazan-Budd Attorney. She was previously senior staff attorney for civil rights and general public interest at the Georgetown University Law Center's Institute for Public Representation. Leah had also been a teaching fellow an Read More...
    • Ellen Noble
      Seneca Falls Fellow

      Ellen Noble is a Fellow at Public Justice in Washington, D.C. She joined Public Justice after serving as a law clerk for Judge Albert Diaz on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 2017-2018. Ellen graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2017. Du Read More...
    • Aidan O’Shea
      Deputy Director of Communications

      Aidan O’Shea, Deputy Director of Communications, is responsible for expanding the reach of Public Justice’s work, particularly through managing website content, social media, and video production, as well as by contributing to messaging, strategy development, and press outreach. He joined Public Read More...
    • Steve Ralls
      Director of External Affairs

      Steve Ralls, Director of External Affairs, oversees media, messaging and marketing for the organization. Steve joined Public Justice’s Washington, D.C., office in April 2015. Steve has secured prominent media coverage of Public Justice cases, including in NBC News, The New York Times, FOX News  Read More...
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    • Lisa Reed
      Food Project Paralegal

      Lisa Reed joined Public Justice in 2019 as the Food Project paralegal, supporting the Food Project in all aspects of their work. Before joining Public Justice, Lisa worked as a litigation and government contracts paralegal. She received her Master’s Degree in Political Science from Boston College. Read More...
    • Ameesha Sampat
      Food Project Outreach Manager

      Ameesha Sampat, Food Project Outreach Manager, is responsible for creating opportunities for Public Justice’s supporters and allies to mobilize around key issues through the development of grassroots and community engagement strategies. She joined Public Justice’s Washington, D.C. office in Octo Read More...
    • Norma Sapp
      Office and Human Resources Manager

      Norma Sapp is the Office and Human Resources Manager, located in Public Justice's DC headquarters.  Norma has spent much of her career managing office operations for both non-profit organizations and for-profit companies in the Washington, D.C. area. Read More...
    • Stephanie Shannon
      Executive Assistant to the Chairman

      Stephanie Shannon joined Public Justice’s West Coast Office in June 2018 as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman. Prior to coming to Public Justice, Stephanie completed her Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratization at the European Inter-University Center in Venice, Italy, where she  Read More...
    • Kelly Simon
      Development Director

      Kelly Simon joined the Public Justice staff as Director of Development in October 2017. Prior to beginning this role, Kelly served as the Director of Development for the Pro Bono Institute, a legal organization dedicated to enhancing and strengthening pro bono programs of large law firms and legal d Read More...
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    • Kellan Smith
      Food Project Associate Attorney

      Kellan Smith is a Food Project Associate Attorney with Public Justice in Washington, D.C. where he supports the efforts of the Project to thwart corporate oppression inherent in the industrial animal agriculture system. Prior to joining Public Justice in 2019, Kellan was a Staff Attorney at the C Read More...
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    • Yvonne Stewart
      Legal Assistant

      Yvonne Stewart joined Public Justice in 2011 as a Legal Assistant. She assists Executive Director Paul Bland, Staff Attorney Leah Nicholls, Food Safety & Health Attorney Jessica Culpepper and Staff Attorney Karla Gilbride on their many public-interest cases. Yvonne has over 25 years of lega Read More...
    • Tommy Wrenn
      Deputy Director of Development

      Tommy Wrenn joined Public Justice in August 2016 and currently serves as the organization's Deputy Director of Development. Before coming to Public Justice, Tommy was Program Assistant at The Nexus Fund, a grant making organization dedicated to the prevention of mass atrocities. A graduate of Appala Read More...