What Our Clients Are Saying

"David, Joel, Mary and the rest of the team at Animal Defense Partnership have been an invaluable resource to ProVeg International in its efforts to replace meat, eggs, and dairy with plant-based alternatives. ADP lawyers provide first rate service on a pro bono basis, are a pleasure to work with, and, most important, have freed up ProVeg to devote its energies to the cause of tackling urgent world problems through animal-free diet choices. We are grateful for our partnership with ADP and look forward to continued collaboration."

Sebastian Joy, MA;  Founder and President;  ProVeg International

"Offering pro bono legal counsel to animal advocates is a generous and ingenious way of advancing the cause of animal rights. David, Joel, Mary and Allan, and the whole team at Animal Defense Partnership are providing an invaluable and unique service. Additionally, this is quite simply a team of warm, energetic, and kind people who are a pleasure to work with. We Animals Media feels indebted to ADP for their support and friendship."

Jo-Anne Mcarthur, Photographer;  Founder of We Animals Media

"It's been incredibly helpful for Brighter Green to work with ADP. David, Joel, Judith, Allan, and their colleagues are skilled, thoughtful, and responsive. They're also extremely easy to work with: they're great listeners and excellent problem-solvers, and they really care about animals and the organizations working to protect them. Plus, the speed with which they provide answers, advice, text, and resources is astonishing. We're very grateful to have ADP as part of our community, and their counsel has become invaluable."

Mia MacDonald; Executive Director; Brighter Green

"Wow. When singing the praises of Animal Defense Partnership, It's hard to know where to begin. I’m deeply grateful to Joel and the team for their speedy, thoughtful, thorough, and patient legal advice. As fellow animals lovers, they know exactly what nonprofits in this field need and face. Joel has been a phenomenal thought partner and ally to Farmed Animal Funders. It's hard to imagine where the animal advocacy movement would be without Animal Defense Partnership. They have my heartfelt thanks."

Mikaela Saccoccio; Executive Director; Farmed Animal Funders

"David has been an incredible support to me and Beyond Carnism. He has come to our aid on very short notice, and has been tremendously informative and reassuring. The team and I feel so much more secure knowing The Animal Defense Partnership exists; we're better able to focus on our work for the animals knowing we can access reliable legal guidance when we need to."

Melanie Joy;  Founding President of Beyond Carnism

"David, Joel, and the whole team at The Animal Defense Partnership are inspiring in their commitment to helping others. The depth and breadth of their legal experience is invaluable to those of us working with them to end suffering, and their generosity in offering pro bono services is deeply appreciated. Our mission to advance rights, health, and wellbeing benefits profoundly from their dedication."

Hope Ferdowsian, MD, MPH; President & CEO; Phoenix Zones Initiative

"[T]hanks, from all at CAS, for filling a gaping hole in the movement to change the world for animals."

Kathy Stevens;  Founder and Executive Director;  Catskill Animal Sanctuary

"The Animal Defense Partnership has been instrumental in further professionalizing and protecting Woodstock Farm Sanctuary over the last few years. Their legal counsel provides guidance that we would never be able to retain with our budget which has allowed us to focus our time and resources on our mission of saving farmed animals. I've always dreamt of a resource like ADP for the animal rights movement and we are so grateful to them!"

Rachel McCrystal;  Executive Director;  Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

"Mercy For Animals is very grateful to The Animal Defense Partnership.  David and the rest of the team at ADP are able to draw on decades of experience and resources that are not available to most charities.  The animal protection movement is fortunate to have this enthusiastic and collaborative partner!"

John Seber;  Deputy Counsel & Vice;  President of Legal Affairs;  Mercy for Animals

“ADP is an excellent resource for pro bono legal assistance for animal charities. We are very grateful for their assistance.”

Emily von Klemperer;  General Counsel;  Farm Sanctuary

"[A]DP and its network have a sophisticated and diverse understanding of issues that matter to animal protection groups, and generously give from that to provide targeted and useful help."

Cheryl Leahy;  General Counsel;  Animal Outlook

"As the president and co-founder of Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA), the only international Buddhist animal rights/animal advocacy organization in the world, I have had the privilege of receiving legal advice on several occasions from ADP’s David Ebert. The quality of representation was simply superb. I always felt valued as a client and treated as if DVA were paying hundreds of dollars per hour to our attorney. I can only imagine how valuable ADP’s legal representations has been to the animal protection community and the huge number of animal lives saved. I strongly recommend ADP!"

Bob Isaacson;   Co-Founder and President;  Dharma Voices for Animals

"We love ADP and the fact that they provide such a unique and necessary service to our nonprofit community! As a brand new organization, ADP was essential to the process of incorporating SEED and applying for our federal tax exemption. David and his experienced team are highly knowledgeable, supportive, and easy to reach - we are beyond grateful and would recommend ADP to any animal protection charity looking for trustworthy legal advice."

Cailen LaBarge; Co-founder; Strategies for Ethical and Environmental Development (SEED)

“David and Joel have provided CIWF with the highest quality legal advice as we work to protect the lives of farmed animals. From a myriad of contract negotiations to HR/legal advice to keeping our organization in full compliance with Federal, state and local laws, ADP and their network of pro bono lawyers have provided us with critical information that has kept us on track and afforded us more time and energy to work on behalf of farmed animals. We are tremendously grateful for their assistance!"

David Soleil; US Head of Operations;  Compassion In World Farming

"We are extremely grateful for The Animal Defense Partnership. They provide us with incredibly helpful legal support and great legal advice that is down-to-earth, supportive, and timely. It means the world to know they are here for us and for the animals."

Indra Lahiri, PhD;  Founder and  President;  Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

"Saving elephants - as individuals and as populations - is among the most arduous yet necessary actions we must take to protect our planet. David Ebert of ADP has been an invaluable pinnacle of light in his generosity in ensuring that In Defense of Animals' work for elephants is of the highest possible quality. For example, his insights, commitment, skills, and integrity have become integral to our annual Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants List that serves to not only reveal the truth about zoos to the public but also serves as a respected resource to many other protectors of elephants and other wild animals. We are so grateful for his expertise!"

Toni Frohoff, Ph.D; Elephant and Cetacean Scientist; In Defense of Animals

"Free All Captive Elephants has found David Ebert and The Animal Defense Partnership (ADP) to be an invaluable resource in pursuing our mission of getting captive elephants in the U.S. to accredited sanctuaries.  I have sought Attorney Ebert’s counsel on many legal issues ranging from intellectual property law to administrative procedure.  Each time, my questions were answered promptly and with great care.  Not only does ADP provide quality legal services but David’s compassion and true caring for animals is genuine and evident with everything he does."

Dee Gaug, J.D.; President; Free All Captive Elephants

We expected that these matters would require us to divert funds from programs that support rescued chimpanzees ....Through  ADP, we were able to sustain funding for chimpanzee programs AND pursue important legal matters."

Debra Durham, Ph.D;  Director of Behavior and Research;  Friends of Chimps

"ADP was instrumental in helping Encompass launch. When we were navigating fiscal sponsorship and how to stand as our own 501(c)3, ADP was there with advice and resources. They helped connect us to local pro bono lawyers who made filing for our nonprofit status a breeze and at no cost (other than the filing paperwork itself). I would highly recommend ADP to any animal protection entity, they were a life-saver!"

Aryenish Birdie, M.A.;  Founder and Executive Director;  Encompass

"We are so appreciative of your support of ACE with our legal questions. We especially appreciate all the due diligence you put in, allowing us to feel confident in making important decisions. It's a huge help to us and we are grateful to be able to save costs on legal fees so that we can instead use our funds towards our programs."

Leah Edgerton;  Executive Director; Animal Charity Evaluators

"[ADP] has allowed us to redirect funds to where it needs to go most .... Their steadfast support and care for issues large and small make them an asset to organizations of all size."

Neda DeMayo;  President; Return to Freedom, Wild Horse Conservation

Our Mission

Animal Defense Partnership champions the well-being of animals by providing first-rate pro bono legal services to nonprofits that advocate for animals; support plant-based eating and diet change; and run sanctuaries and rescues. By not charging to address the otherwise costly legal needs that arise in every nonprofit, ADP frees up funds that enable each of its clients to dedicate more of its limited resources to directly furthering its mission.

ADP Quick Facts

o   ADP was founded in 2016 by two lawyers, David Ebert and Joel Litvin.

o   Since its founding, ADP has provided $2,000,000+ in pro bono legal services to its clients.

o  ADP's growing client base now includes dozens of non-profits that protect and advocate for animals; run sanctuaries and rescues; and support plant-based eating.

o  ADP's work has had an impact throughout North America and in other regions across the globe in which our clients operate.

On The Matter of Fees

We provide our services on a pro bono basis and intend to continue to do so. That said, because we rely entirely on donations, any help on that front would be greatly appreciated.  100% of our donations are used to operate ADP.  None of our board members or officers receive any form of compensation.

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