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 developed over his 30+ year legal career.

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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, 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 regularly 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 has maintained 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 maintains a 9.6 rating on Avvo. 

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.  Uganda is next up, for Fall 2018

 Joel Litvin   •   Co-Founder

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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 not-for-profit service and 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 a professor in the global master of law program of the Institute of Law and Economics (ISDE), a Madrid-based institution. He has also served as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Penn State Law School, and has lectured in 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. 

He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester County, New York with his wife Lisa and their three cats -- Meera, Obie, and Tommy. His son Jesse and daughter Janey are both in college.


Dylan Kornberg  •   Director of Operations


Dylan Kornberg has been a lifelong proponent of animal rights, and is thrilled to bring this passion to the Animal Defense Partnership in a professional capacity. He has a Bachelor's degree from New York University, majoring in History and minoring in Creative Writing. During the summers while in school he worked at Camp O-AT-KA, a boys summer camp in Maine where he was eventually promoted to Director of the Counselor-in-Training program and Head of Safety for the camp's rifle range. While in college, Dylan served as the Head of Content for Transport Learning, an internet startup that designed online courses for colleges and universities. In this role, Dylan researched and provided the content for courses ranging in subject from history to linguistics to advanced mathematics. 

After graduation, Dylan wore a number of different hats in different fields, ranging from a Junior Advocate at the law offices of Binder and Binder to a research contributor for the online publication Brighter Green. Throughout this time, Dylan remained committed to the cause of the animal rights movement, embracing a vegan lifestyle and always on the lookout for anyway he could further the cause of animal rights. Now, as Director of Operations for the Animal Defense Partnership, Dylan looks forward to combining this passion with a hardworking ethos to make sure we one day live in a world where every animal has the right to live a happy and healthy life.