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 lawyer (now retired), co-founded The Animal Defense Partnership  as a means to devote himself more fully to defending animals and reducing suffering.  Although no longer practicing law, David remains committed in his non-lawyer role to helping guide and develop ADP as a substantial animal protection resource, providing excellent pro bono legal services to animal 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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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.

 

Stephanie Jeshiva • Board Member and Associate Counsel

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Stephanie Jeshiva is Editor-in-Chief of Practical Law The Journal: Transactions & Business, a Thomson Reuters publication. She is a lead member of Thomson Reuters’ Pro Bono Committee and frequently advises nonprofit organizations on various corporate and employment law matters, as well as assists individuals with immigration and public benefits law issues. Stephanie also volunteers as a reading tutor with Innovations for Learning and as a home puppy socializer with Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

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 Nowakowski • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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