Board and Staff

David Ebert • Co-Founder and Board Member

David Ebert
Photo Courtesy of Amy Lieberman

As a lifelong proponent of animal welfare, rights and protection, David co-founded ADP as a means to devote himself more fully to defending animals using the skills developed over his 30+ year legal career.  Although no longer practicing law, he remains fully committed to his leadership role in guiding and continuing to develop ADP as a substantial resource for animal charities.

Before retiring in 2019 David was a litigation partner at the Ingram law firm in New York City. In his practice he litigated complex commercial matters and regularly tried cases in state and federal court in New York and around the country. He also served as outside general counsel to several small and midsize companies, routinely advising on a wide range of day-to-day matters as well as best practices and long-term strategies to anticipate and avoid conflict.  David was also active in writing and speaking on the attorney-client relationship, the critical importance of litigation avoidance, and the profession's growing over-lawyering epidemic.

As an outgrowth of his ADP work, David is now a member of the Advisory Committee for the Rowdy Girl Sanctuary's Ranchers Advocacy Program.  RAP supports and guides ranchers who are ready to move away from cruelty-based animal agriculture and adopt other viable farming and business models and practices.

After graduating with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, David received his law degree from NYU.  He maintained while practicing an AV-Preeminent rating, the highest possible peer review rating by the publishers of the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory, for legal ability and ethical standards based on the confidential opinions of the Bar and the Judiciary.  He also held a 9.6/10 rating on Avvo, an independent attorney rating service.

David's family lives in Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester County, New York, together with their beloved dogs, Frieda and Mo. His daughter, Mira, is in college.  And, culminating a long-standing ambition, in November 2016 he visited with the Hirwa family of mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park.  In November 2018 he returned to Africa, to see the gorillas and other wildlife in Uganda.

 

Joel Litvin — Co-Founder, Board Member and Counsel

Joel Litvin

Joel served as President, League Operations of the National Basketball Association until his retirement in September, 2015 after 27 years with the league.

In this capacity, Joel was in charge of numerous areas of the NBA ‘s business, including legal affairs, franchise transactions, security, basketball operations, and social responsibility. He also served as the chief liaison between the league and the NBA Board of Governors on a wide range of business, competition, and governance matters.Prior to assuming his position of President, League Operations, Joel served as the NBA ‘s General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs.

He currently serves on the boards of Hunger Free America, a service and non-profit advocacy organization, Madison Square Garden Networks; USA Climbing, the national governing body for the sport of competition climbing; and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Joel lectures frequently on sports law, business, and ethics, and is currently an adjunct professor in Columbia University ‘s graduate Sports Management program. He previously served as a professor in the global master of law program of Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia and as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Penn State Law School.

He graduated with a B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received his law degree from NYU.

Joel lives in Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester County, New York, with his wife Lisa and their three rescue cats: Meera, Obie and Tommy. His daughter Janey is in college and his son Jesse is a recent college graduate.

 

Allan E. Kornberg MD, MBA • Board Chair and Strategic Advisor

Allan Kornberg

Allan E. Kornberg, MD, MBA is a pediatrician who has practiced both primary care and emergency pediatrics.

He’s served as Vice-Chair and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, at the University of Buffalo, and as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Brown University.  He co-founded a pediatrics practice in Western New York and served as the Chief of Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. He advocated on behalf of survivors of child abuse and sexual assault, was the co-editor of a textbook ‘Child Abuse and Neglect-A Medical Reference,’ and wrote peer review articles on child abuse and emergency pediatrics.

Allan served as medical director with managed care organizations, provider institutions, and advocacy groups, frequently focused on population health for the underserved, in Georgia, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  He was the Medicaid Medical Director for Rhode Island and was Chief Medical Officer and subsequently CEO for Network Health, a managed care organization that serves impoverished families in Massachusetts.

Dr. Kornberg served as the executive director for the United States for World Animal Protection, and as the executive director for Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit focused on providing lifetime care for abused farm animals, educating the public, advocating on behalf of better treatment for farm animals, and in the promotion of plant-based diets.  He has additionally worked on a number of animal protection projects, typically seeking to reduce the numbers of animals raised for food and subject to experiments in laboratories, while pursuing more compassionate treatment for those currently on farms and in research facilities.  Allan is the current board chair of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

He received his B.S in Biology from MIT, M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.

Given his experience in medical care and population health, animal protection, and charity management and governance, Allan now serves on non-profit boards while supporting charities in their capacity-building/strategic planning, leadership, program development, fundraising, and the development and execution of measurable goals.  His next projects include raising veg children and the intersection of kindness and compassion for children and animals.

 

Judith Turkel  •  Board Member and Strategic Advisor

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Judith is a partner in the Manhattan law firm Turkel Forman LLP.  She practices real estate and family law, as well as all aspects of wills, trusts and estates - including providing for companion animals in estate planning. Judith is also trained as a mediator and mediates agreements and conflicts for clients who wish to participate in an amicable and constructive process.

For many years Judith has combined her professional knowledge and personal dedication to social justice and change to assist non-profit organizations.  She was a founding Board member of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of New York; served on and co-chaired the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and of SAGE: Advocacy and Services for GLBT Elders.  As President of the Board of Directors of the LGBT Community Center, she helped lead a $13 million capital campaign.

Judith has received numerous awards and recognition, including from Pace Law School (her alma mater); the NYC Bar Association LGBT Rights Committee, Stonewall Community Foundation, the National LGBT Bar Association, SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders) and the NYC LGBT Community Center.

In her work as an animal advocate, after more than 15 years as a supporter of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Judith now serves as Chair of its Board.  Catskill Animal Sanctuary, an ADP client, is a 148-acre refuge in New York's Hudson Valley for farmed animals rescued from cruelty, neglect, and abandonment, and champions veganism.

As a Board Member and Strategic Advisor at ADP, Judith will assist animal charities in: creating their unique mission; fundraising; selection, growth and engagement of board members; strategic planning; and governance.

Judith and her partner Jennifer Costley, a program director at New York Academy of Sciences, live in Manhattan and the Hudson Valley with their cairn terrier Maisie and newest family member, rescue Wheaten terrier, Annabelle.    Judith is an avid reader, hiker, world traveler and a committed vegan and loves to cook for friends and introduce them to vegan food.

 

Mary Dulka • Staff Attorney

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Mary has over twenty years of experience as a securities litigation attorney and practiced in federal courts throughout the country.  She handled all aspects of defending claims against banks, corporations, mutual fund advisers and directors in complex class actions and shareholder derivative actions.  She also provided strategic advice to in-house counsel and boards of directors   and worked closely with boards to investigate alleged wrongdoing within companies.

Mary started her career at the law firm Clifford Chance (formerly Rogers & Wells), and later moved to Goodwin Procter where she was promoted to partner.  She was co-head of the Women’s Initiative at Goodwin’s New York office, and created programs to develop and advance female attorneys.  She also was active in pro bono matters, such as providing immigration assistance to victims of domestic violence and working on a brief supporting a transgender student’s access to restrooms.

While building her litigation practice, Mary also nurtured her childhood passion for animals.  She spent many years supporting local shelters by socializing cats and dogs, assisting adopters, and promoting the shelters’ mission at community outreach events.

In 2016, Mary decided to leave Goodwin to focus on developing a career to help animals.  This new path brought her to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in southern Utah, where she worked as a caregiver for special needs cats.  The sanctuary’s unique environment enabled Mary to expand her animal knowledge of animal welfare issues through interactions with the founders and staff, attending weekly presentations about legislative and other initiatives, and doing volunteer work with pigs and horses.  She later joined the adoptions team at Best Friends’ lifesaving center in New York, where she collaborated with local rescue groups to intake and promote their animals at the center.   Mary enjoys volunteering in the kitten nursery at Best Friends and the ASPCA and learning about all aspects of neonatal care.

Mary has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her law degree from NYU.  She lives in Chappaqua, New York with her husband, Arthur Larkin, and their two rescue cats, Coco and Cinnamon.  Her daughter Catherine is in college.

Consultants

ADP also maintains relationships with highly skilled, experienced professionals who offer services to our clients in such areas as strategic planning, organization management, human resources, and finance.

Justin McLean • Analysis Group (Washington, D.C.)

Justin McLean

Justin McLean is a Managing Principal in Analysis Group's Washington D.C. office.  Justin specializes in applying finance and economics to problems in complex business litigation, and has been doing so over the past twenty years.  He has served as an expert witness and has provided assistance in many phases of litigation, including development, presentation, and review of pretrial discovery; preparation of testimony; and critique of analyses of opposing experts.

Mr. McLean’s recent case work has included business valuation, intellectual property and general damages analyses, and evaluation of fiduciary duties and investment management.  Mr. McLean has also worked with entrepreneurial companies, helping to develop financial projections, business plans, and marketing strategies.

Mr. McLean received an M.S. in Industrial Administration (concentrating in Finance, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship) with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon’s business school in 2000. He received a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College in 1995.

 

Caren Rabbino • Fast Forward Consulting (New York City)

Caren Rabbino

Caren Rabbino has managed large-scale projects and client relationships both as an entrepreneur and chief executive officer. Ms. Rabbino has extensive experience in strategic planning and managing operations to ensure stability for fast-growing organizations.

In 1998, Ms. Rabbino formed Fast Forward Consulting, supporting organizational development for clients such as Christie’s, Citigroup Art Advisory, FITZ & CO, Museum of Arts & Design, Rubin Museum, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Deborah Berke Partners, Perfect Earth Project, East River Development Alliance, Billy Farrell Agency, Speak Up Africa, National Children’s Chorus, Reboot USA, Grace Hightower Coffees of Rwanda, Qatar National Food Security Programme, Holy Cross Hospital, Plum Television, Harvard Graduate School of Design, WEBB, and One Rockwell.

In 1989, Ms. Rabbino co-founded Miami Light Project and served as Executive Director of this non-profit cultural organization, producing an annual music, dance, and theater series.  Currently, in its 28th season, MLP continues to provide workshops for artists; educational programs for students of every age; and commissioning opportunities for performers.

In 2015, Ms. Rabbino was certified as a mediator by the New York State Unified Court System.  Ms. Rabbino received a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University (2000). In addition, Ms. Rabbino received a B.A. in the History of Art (1982) and an M.A. in English Literature (1984) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Law Firms

ADP's lawyers handle the majority of our clients' work.  But when specialized experience or a more substantial presence is needed, we work closely with these first-tier global law firms that support our mission through their robust pro bono programs.   Having access to these superb firms - under ADP’s direction and with our lawyers’ active participation throughout - allows us to provide our clients in the United States and around the world with the highest quality counsel.

 

  • Covington & Burling
  • Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Foley & Lardner
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman
  • King & Spalding
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Kramer Levin
  • Miller & Chevalier

 

  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton
  • Skadden Arps
  • Proskauer Rose
  • Simpson Thacher
  • WilmerHale
  • Winston & Strawn
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