Board and Staff

David Ebert — Co-Founder and Board Member

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As a lifelong proponent of animal welfare, rights, and protection, David, a retired lawyer, co-founded The Animal Defense Partnership  in 2016. as a means to devote himself more fully to defending animals and reducing suffering.  Although no longer practicing law, David remains committed to helping guide and develop ADP as a substantial animal protection resource, providing high quality pro bono legal services to animal protection charities, sanctuaries and rescues.

Joel Litvin — Co-Founder, Board Member and Counsel

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Joel served as President, League Operations of the National Basketball Association until his retirement in 2015 after 27 years with the League. Prior to serving in that position he was the League’s General Counsel.

Over the course of his career, Joel was in charge of numerous areas of the NBA’s business, including legal affairs, collective bargaining, franchise sales and relocations, basketball operations, security, revenue sharing, and social responsibility. He also led the League’s work with the NBA Board of Governors on a wide range of business, competition, and governance matters.

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

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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.

Judith Turkel  •  Board Member and Strategic Advisor

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For nearly 40 years, Judith maintained an active law practice in New York City working in the areas of real estate, family law, and wills, trusts and estates.  Significant aspects of her estate planning practice involved helping clients develop special provisions for companion animals and  express their charitable intentions through their estate planning. Judith is also a trained professional mediator who mediates agreements and conflicts for people who wish to participate in an amicable and constructive process.   At the end of 2000, she and her long-time law partner closed their practice and now she proudly devotes her time to being an advocate for animals and promoting plant-based diet change.

 

Stephanie Jeshiva • Board Member and Associate Counsel

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Stephanie Jeshiva serves as Editor-in-Chief of Practical Law The Journal: Transactions & Business, a Thomson Reuters publication with a circulation of over 50k law firm and in-house attorneys. She manages all aspects of the print and online production of the magazine, including strategic planning, commissioning, editing, and design.

Mary Dulka • Senior Counsel

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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.

Anjali Sareen • Counsel

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Anjali started her law practice in New York in the areas of intellectual property, data privacy, and commercial contracts with a view to taking these skills to the animal protection movement as soon as she could. She studied Animal Law at NYU and has been a lifelong animal advocate, devoting all of her pro bono work to animal protection organizations before joining the movement in a full-time professional capacity.

Helena Bouchard • Paralegal

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Helena is a recent graduate from Boston University with a degree in both  Sociology and Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics. She garnered a strong educational background in social inequalities and institutions, law and punishment, immigration, and political sociology.

Jaclyn Leeds • Communications Director

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Jaclyn practiced nonprofit law for six years with a focus on supporting grassroots animal organizations. She transitioned into nonprofit management and communications when she served as Executive Director of Northwest VEG, a regional nonprofit dedicated to educating and encouraging people to make plant-based choices.

Volunteer Attorneys

Drew Alexis • Counsel

Drew Alexis has worked at both large and small law firms and served as an in-house attorney for publicly-traded corporations and as general counsel to a national non-profit corporation, giving him an extensive and diverse legal experience.  As in-house counsel for a financial institution, Drew managed a Human Resources Legal and Compliance Department of ten employees and established a Wage and Hour Division within the company to address wage and hour matters for the company.

Matt Beyer • Counsel

Matt Beyer is an attorney in the Manhattan office of Ropers, Majeski, Kohn and Bentley. He has spent his career as a commercial and employment litigator across New York City, Long Island and Westchester, both prosecuting and defending cases in state and federal courts. His practice is diverse and varied, ranging from contractual claims and business disputes to professional liability and employment claims, including discrimination and wage and hour actions.

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Crystal Kramer • Counsel

Crystal Kramer is an attorney in the Tyson’s Corner, Virginia office of Offit Kurman. Her practice is focused on the representation of landlords and property managers of residential and commercial real estate in Virginia and counseling businessowners on civil disputes and representing them in court on various litigation matters.

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Dannielle Mattes • Counsel

Dannielle Mattes is an employee benefits attorney in New York’s Hudson Valley. Her areas of expertise include ACA, ERISA, DOL and IRS compliance as well as HR and employment related matters. Dannielle has also worked within the NYS Court System, State Administrative agencies and corporate regulatory compliance departments. She holds a J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law, where she completed the Environmental Law concentration program.

 

 

David Nadler • Counsel

Dave Nadler is a Senior Counsel with Blank Rome LLP, a national law firm in Washington, DC, and is the former Chairman of the firm’s Government Contracts practice.

Dave focuses his practice on government audits and investigations; the False Claims Act; contract claims, terminations and disputes; government pricing issues; bid protests; suspension and debarment cases; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; and government compliance matters.

 

 

Susan Witkin • Counsel

Susan Witkin, TEP, is a partner in Pryor Cashman’s Trusts + Estates, Private Client and Tax Groups, where she advises clients on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and related litigation. She specializes in sophisticated tax and estate planning, drafting, and implementation for high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals, including real estate investors and managers, art collectors, professionals, members of multinational families, entrepreneurs, and business owners in traditional and emerging industries and technologies.

 

Jessica Zafonte • Counsel

Jessica Zafonte is a NYC-based IP attorney and litigator.  She started her career as an ADA in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office before spending the next decade at both big and mid-sized law firms. She represents clients in technical areas spanning the pharmaceutical, medical, electrical, computer hardware/software, and mechanical arts, and litigates on behalf of these clients in federal courts, the ITC, and the PTAB, as well as counsels them on regulatory, corporate, and IP issues.

Consultants

Gerald Kahwa • CPA (Uganda)

Gerald has previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Uganda, an international professional services firm that offers Audit, advisory, project audit, donor support and tax services.  Gerald has also previously worked with a USAID project called Uganda biodiversity Fund Activity and was  responsible for the effective control of its financial and human resources, and of the technical, IT and administrative system in order to contribute to the delivery of the organization's overall services and commercial objectives.

   Mary S. Harrington • CPA

Mary S. Harrington is a Certified Public Accountant and financial management professional with over thirty years of leadership experience in non-profit organizations, with a personal commitment to animal welfare and environmental organizations. She has broad financial management experience including managing international organizations, developing and restructuring financial operations, supporting and serving on boards, and non-profit mergers.