The Animal Defense Partnership
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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.  He 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.  And in 2018, he spent time with Uganda’’s mountain gorillas,, elephants, lions, rhinos, giraffes and chimps.

 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 service and non-profit 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.



Allan E. Kornberg, M.D.   •   Board Chair

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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.

Allan served as medical director with managed care organizations, provider institutions, and advocacy groups, frequently focused on population health for the underserved, in Georgia, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  He was the Medicaid Medical Director for Rhode Island and was Chief Medical Officer and subsequently CEO for Network Health, a managed care organization that serves impoverished families in Massachusetts.

Dr. Kornberg served as the executive director for the United States for World Animal Protection, and as the executive director for Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit focused on providing lifetime care for abused farm animals, educating the public, advocating on behalf of better treatment for farm animals, and in the promotion of plant-based diets.  He has additionally worked on a number of animal protection projects, typically seeking to reduce the numbers of animals raised for food and subject to experiments in laboratories, while pursuing more compassionate treatment for those currently on farms and in research facilities.  Allan is the current board chair of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

He received his B.S in Biology from MIT, M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.

Given his experience in medical care and population health, animal protection, and charity management and governance, Allan now serves on non-profit boards while supporting charities in their capacity-building/strategic planning, leadership, program development, fundraising, and the development and execution of measurable goals.  His next projects include raising veg children and the intersection of kindness and compassion for children and animals.