The Animal Defense Partnership



David Ebert   •   Co-Founder

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 he has developed over his 30+ year legal career.


In his private practice as a litigation partner at the Ingram law firm in New York City (, David litigates complex commercial matters and regularly tries cases in state and federal court in New York and around the country. He also serves as outside general counsel for several small and midsize companies.  David writes and lectures on the attorney-client relationship, the critical importance of litigation avoidance and the profession's growing over-lawyering epidemic.   

After graduating with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, David received his law degree from NYU.  

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 spent a (very quick) hour with the Hirwa family of mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park. Here is some of what he saw.

 Joel Litvin   •   Co-Founder


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 matters, social responsibility, security, basketball operations, and governance. He also served as the chief liaison between the league and the NBA Board of Governors (including Board Committees such as Advisory/Finance, Planning, Relocation, and Competition) 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 not-for-profit service and advocacy organization, Madison Square Garden Networks, USA Climbing, the national governing body for the sport of competition climbing in the US, and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Joel lectures frequently on sports law, business and ethics, including at Penn State Law School, where he was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow during the Fall 2016 semester, and at Columbia University’s graduate Sports Management program.

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

Joel has been a vegetarian for over 30 years and a supporter of Farm Sanctuary since the early 1990’s. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester County, New York with his wife Lisa, daughter Janey, and their three cats Meera, Obie and Tommy. His son Jesse is in college.

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