Our Work

There is tremendous demand among animal protection organizations for high quality legal and other professional services. The Animal Defense Partnership is positioned to meet that demand. Our goal is to be the go-to pro bono legal and professional service provider to the animal protection community. We free our clients from dealing with legal matters that often consume too much of their time and budgets, thereby unlocking resources to be put to better use on the animals’ behalf.

Drawing on our combined sixty-plus years of legal experience, we strive to protect the interests of abused animals principally on three fronts:


Providing legal services directly in support of our clients' animal protection work to enable them to maximize the resources they devote to protecting animals.

Lambs marked for slaughter desperately try to get back to their mothers. (Photographer Unknown)
Lambs marked for slaughter desperately try to get back to their mothers. (Photographer Unknown)

ADP functions as both outside general counsel and consultant, assisting clients on a range of issues, including non-profit compliance, fiscal sponsorship, litigation avoidance, management, oversight and consulting, fundraising, state registrations, entity organization and structure, communications, employment best practices and disputes, contract drafting, review and negotiation, human resources, social media, intellectual property protection, and rights clearance.

When specialized experience or a more substantial presence is needed, we work closely with several 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.


Providing professional consulting services to address our clients' internal organizational and operational needs and goals.

Photo Courtesy of  Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Our organizational consulting work covers, as examples, board/executive/employee relationships and dynamics, business and strategic long- and short-term planning, leadership mentoring, internal and external communications, and crisis management. We are also developing a network of accountants and financial consultants that will permit us to offer these services as well.


Pursuing ADP's own projects and initiatives.

ADP also identifies and pursues on a selective basis causes and issues in its own name or in collaboration with other established animal protection groups. Our most recent undertaking, The ADP Weeping Elephant Project, is progressing well, and will, we firmly believe, bring about meaningful change. As we grow, we anticipate initiating more litigation and related efforts in furtherance of our core philosophy and purpose.

How Can We Support Your Efforts?

Please contact us to discuss how we may be able to support your efforts on behalf of the animals.

Photo Courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

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