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Staff

    • Tonia Allison
      Development Processing Assistant
      tallison@publicjustice.net
      Tonia Allison joined the Foundation staff as Development Processing Assistant in September 2010. Before coming to Public Justice, Tonia had three years of gift processing experience with the United States Naval Academy Foundation. In her capacity at the Foundation, Tonia provides much-needed assist Read More...
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    • Paula Athey
      Legal Assistant
      pathey@publicjustice.net
      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
      Staff Attorney
      lbailey@publicjustice.net
      Leslie A. Bailey litigates complex public interest appeals on behalf of consumers who have been cheated and advocates for the public’s right of access to court records. She has extensive experience in, and is often consulted about, the enforceability of arbitration clauses in consumer contracts, Read More...
    • Maggie Barr
      Membership Manager
      mbarr@publicjustice.net
      Maggie Barr rejoined the staff of Public Justice in November 2013 after a couple years away. As Membership Manager, Maggie is responsible for the acquisition, cultivation and retention of members. Maggie most recently worked at Public Citizen as a Major Gifts Officer, where she raised money to supp Read More...
    • Jennifer Bennett
      Staff Attorney
      jbennett@publicjustice.net
      Jennifer Bennett is a Staff Attorney at Public Justice, litigating precedent-setting appeals challenging predatory corporate conduct and government abuses. Her practice involves a wide range of issues, including civil rights, workers’ rights, consumer protection, court secrecy, and forced arbitrat Read More...
    • F. Paul Bland, Jr.
      Executive Director
      pbland@publicjustice.net
      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
      lbrueckner@publicjustice.net
      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 graduate of Harvard Law School, Ms. Brueckner’s current areas of practice include class actions, constitutional law, federal preemption, Read More...
    • Arthur H. Bryant
      Chairman
      abryant@publicjustice.net
      Arthur H. Bryant, Chairman 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 Influenti Read More...
    • Jessica Culpepper
      Food Project Attorney
      jculpepper@publicjustice.net
      Jessica Culpepper is the Food Safety & Health Attorney at Public Justice in the national headquarters in Washington, D.C.  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  sh Read More...
    • Karla Gilbride
      Cartwright-Baron Staff Attorney
      kgilbride@publicjustice.net
      Karla Gilbride joined Public Justice in October 2014 as our Cartwright-Baron staff 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
      Meetings & Events Manager
      sgombert@publicjustice.net
      Susan Gombert, CMP is 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 Director f Read More...
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    • Brian Hardingham
      Kazan-Budd Attorney

      Brian Hardingham, Kazan-Budd Attorney, 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 Read More...
    • Jim Hecker
      Director, Environmental Enforcement Project
      jhecker@publicjustice.net
      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
      akimmel@publicjustice.net
      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
      Staff Attorney, Environmental Enforcement Project
      nlevine@publicjustice.net
      Neil Levine is a staff 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 serve Read More...
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    • Kathleen Morris
      Legal Assistant
      kmorris@publicjustice.net
      Kathleen Morris joined Public Justice in January 2012 as Legal Assistant to the West Coast Office attorneys. 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 real estate, business, and construction li Read More...
    • David Muraskin
      Food Project Attorney
      dmuraskin@publicjustice.net
      David S. Muraskin is a Food Project 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 particular  Read More...
    • Victoria W. Ni
      Deputy Director
      vni@publicjustice.net
      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
      Staff Attorney
      lnicholls@publicjustice.net
      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...
    • Aidan O’Shea
      Communications Manager
      aoshea@publicjustice.net
      Aidan O’Shea, Communications Manager, 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 Justice’ Read More...
    • Steve Ralls
      Director of External Affairs
      sralls@publicjustice.net
      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...
    • Lucas Rhoads
      Ferraro Fellow
      lrhoads@publicjustice.net
      Lucas Rhoads has served as the Ferraro Fellow at Public Justice since September 2017 and works in the Washington, D.C. office. Lucas received his J.D. in May of 2017 from the Georgetown University Law Center. During law school, he interned at the American Wind Energy Association, the Environmental L Read More...
    • Ameesha Sampat
      Outreach Manager
      asampat@publicjustice.net
      Ameesha Sampat, 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 October of 2017.  Read More...
    • Norma Sapp
      Office Manager
      nsapp@publicjustice.net
      Norma Sapp is the Office Manager in the 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...
    • Kelly Simon
      Development Director
      ksimon@publicjustice.net
      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...
    • Yvonne Stewart
      Legal Assistant
      ystewart@publicjustice.net
      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...
    • Richard Webster
      Of Counsel, Environmental Enforcement Project
      rwebster@publicjustice.net
      Richard Webster is of counsel, Environmental Enforcement Project, and also serves as Director of Legal Programs at Hudson Riverkeeper in Ossining, N.Y. He was a Staff Attorney at Public Justice until 2017, and previously had been the Legal Director of the Eastern Environmental Law center, former Read More...
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    • Amanda Werner
      Campaign Strategist
      awerner@publicjustice.net
      Amanda Werner, Campaign Strategist, is responsible for crafting and executing strategic campaigns to advance Public Justice’s work. They joined Public Justice’s Washington, D.C. office in January of 2018. Prior to joining Public Justice, Amanda directed national campaigns at Public Citizen an Read More...
    • Tommy Wrenn
      Individual Giving Manager
      twrenn@publicjustice.net
      Tommy Wrenn joined Public Justice in August 2016 and currently serves as the organization's Individual Giving Manager. 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 Appalachian Read More...
    • June Yang
      Grants Officer
      jyang@publicjustice.net
      June Yang, Grants Officer, manages the Public Justice grants portfolio. She joined Public Justice’s Washington, D.C. office in May 2017.   June has substantial experience in grantwriting and nonprofit resource development. Most recently, she served as Assistant Director, Institutional G Read More...