The Board

  • Dale Noll

    Dale Noll

    President

    Dale Noll is an associate in the Miami office of Akerman LLP  His practice focuses on fiduciary litigation and estate planning  He regularly represents fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and other interested parties in high conflict, complex, and high-profile guardianship, trust, and probate matters  Dale has also served in leadership roles in local and national LGBT Bar associations He is admitted to practice

  • Greg Cheikhameguyaz

    Greg Cheikhameguyaz

    President-Elect

    Gregory Cheikhameguyaz is Corporate Counsel at Anixter, Inc  Prior to joining Anixter, Greg was Corporate Counsel for the Aviation Services division of AAR CORP in Chicago  He also worked in-house at Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation, a food safety company  His practice focuses on commercial transactions and negotiation  He also has experience in corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions  He holds a

  • Eduardo Juarez

    Eduardo Juarez

    Past President

    Eduardo Juarez is a Senior Trial Attorney with the San Antonio Field Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where he litigates individual, class and systemic lawsuits under the federal civil rights statutes prohibiting employment discrimination In August 2011, he worked on detail as Special Assistant to EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, the first out lesbian EEOC Commissioner Before his employment with

  • Kylie Byron

    Kylie Byron

    Secretary

    Kylie Byron is an associate in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP  She received her JD from the Washington University School of Law in 2014  Kylie’s practice focuses on consumer and credit reporting, background checks, and wage and hour litigation   Kylie also consults and speaks on employment-related legal issues facing the transgender community, and on developing best practices

  • Wesley Bizzell

    Wesley Bizzell

    Treasurer

    Wesley Bizzell serves as Assistant General Counsel, External Affairs and Director of Political Law and Ethics Programs for Altria Client Services LLC (“ALCS”) Mr Bizzell provides in-house legal counsel on matters relating to the political, legislative, and lobbying activities of Altria Group, Inc, its services companies, including ALCS, and its operating companies, including Philip Morris USA Inc, US Smokeless Tobacco

  • John Stephens

    John Stephens

    ABA Delegate

    John Stephens is a partner at Sedgwick LLP in Los Angeles He focuses his practice on data privacy and digital marketing issues, media and entertainment litigation and live entertainment transactional, including music festivals, intellectual property licensing and transactions, and specialty insurance coverage and litigation Mr Stephens’ entertainment and media clients include media entities, national and worldwide live entertainment and sports companies, magazines,

  • Peter C. Catalanotti

    Peter C. Catalanotti

    Affiliate Representative

    Peter C Catalanotti is a partner in the San Francisco office of Manning & Kass Ellrod Ramirez Trester LLP, where he specializes in professional indemnity insurance defense and employment law His sub-specialty is real estate broker, appraiser, and insurance broker liability He also represents lawyers in malpractice actions Peter received the distinction of being named as a 2009–2015 Super

  • Ben Aguilar

    Ben Aguilar

    Affiliate Representative

    Ben Aguilar is the owner and founder of the Law Offices of Ben Aguilar in downtown San Diego His law practice focuses on Family Law and Immigration Law cases

    Ben is currently the co-president of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association in San Diego Ben also serves on the board of directors of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association

  • Randy Katz

    Randy Katz

    At-Large Board Member

    Randy Katz has served as a federal prosecutor for over a decade at the US Department of Justice  Randy has prosecuted a variety of significant fraud, drug, violent crime and child exploitation matters and serves as the LGBT Special Emphasis Program Manager In 2008, he received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, one of the Department’s highest honors, for his role in Florida’s

  • Alfred Zaher

    Alfred Zaher

    At-Large Board Member

    Alfred Zaher is a Shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC He concentrates his practice on patent, trademark and trade secret litigation, licensing, and counseling He has extensive experience representing clients before US courts, the US Patent and Trademark Office, and the US Copyright Office Prior to entering the practice of law in 1994, Mr Zaher was a

  • Bendita Malakia

    Bendita Malakia

    At-Large Board Member

    Bendita Cynthia Malakia is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Goldman Sachs Previously, Bendita spent over six years at Norton Rose Fulbright advising development banks in connection with their investments in emerging markets Bendita received her BA in Political Science from Barnard College and her JD from Harvard Law School Bendita enjoys spending time with her wife, eating

  • W. Cleveland Acree II

    W. Cleveland Acree II

    At-Large Board Member

    W Cleveland Acree II works for the Orlando office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, PA, a firm with multiple offices in the state of Florida, as well as Ohio, Illinios and Arizona Both at QPWB as well as at prior firms he has practiced with, Cleve’s litigation practice has been quite extensive and has included professional, premises, product, general,

  • Joseph White

    Joseph White

    At-Large Board Member

    Joseph White joined Office Depot in 2009 and is Vice President, Associate General Counsel in transactions

    Joseph received his undergraduate degree (BS), summa cum laude, from the College of Charleston in 1996 and his JD degree, magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina in 1999, where he served on the South Carolina Law Review  Prior to joining Office Depot, Joseph was an

  • Lousene Hoppe

    Lousene Hoppe

    At-Large Board Member

    Lousene Hoppe is a litigator and criminal defense attorney at Fredrikson & Byron, PA, representing corporations and individuals accused of health care fraud, financial or tax crimes, and criminal felony and misdemeanor cases at both the state and federal levels She also focuses on foreign corruption practices act (FCPA) investigations and due diligence, false claims act (FCA) litigation, investigations of

  • Jennifer Protas

    Jennifer Protas

    At-Large Board Member

    Jenn Protas is a shareholder at Hoge Fenton and helps employers navigate California’s numerous employment laws and defends employers with an eye toward successful, yet cost-effective resolution  Her practice focuses on matters related to wage and hour advice and litigation, employee leave issues, personnel management, HR investigations and trainings, and defense of wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation litigation In

  • R. Jason Burch

    R. Jason Burch

    At-Large Board Member

    Jason Burch is an associate in Sidley Austin’s New York office His practice focuses on advising companies through regulatory compliance directives and government enforcement actions His matters involve a range of issues for the life sciences and financial services industries, including good manufacturing practices, promotional sales & trading practices, civil & criminal investigations, and anti-corruption monitoring

    Mr Burch volunteers as an

  • Debra Kinney

    Debra Kinney

    At-Large Board Member

    Deb L Kinney is a partner at Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP, a law firm providing comprehensive estate planning, trust administration and probate services and family law The practice covers a broad spectrum of families and does foundational estate planning, charitable planned giving, and non-citizen and international planning The firm has an extensive probate and trust administration practice representing both beneficiaries and trustees

  • Sherman Helenese

    Sherman Helenese

    At-Large Board Member

    Sherman Helenese provides strategic counsel on complex business and legal issues associated with the development, distribution, acquisition and protection of intellectual property assets His practice focuses on licensing program development, technology transactions (involving software, hardware and related professional services), IP due diligence, trade secrets, and the rapidly evolving privacy and data security issues associated with the same

    He is a

  • William S. Singer

    William S. Singer

    General Counsel

    William S Singer, a partner of Singer & Fedun, LLC, has been in the private practice of law in New Jersey for over 41 years His practice concentrates on the creation and protection of non-traditional families and as counselor to non-profit organizations He has served as the General Counsel for the National LGBT Bar Association since its founding in the

  • Kevin Kraham

    Kevin Kraham

    President

    Kevin Kraham is a shareholder in Littler Mendelson’s DC office  Kevin represents employers in all aspects of civil rights and employment discrimination law  A former EEOC investigator, law clerk, and administrative judge, Kevin works as a strategic business partner with employers to help ensure that human resources and labor relations practices support and drive business plans  Kevin provides day-to-day advice,

  • Nancy Halas

    Nancy Halas

    President-Elect

    Nancy Halas is the Resident Attorney for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group in Orange, California She oversees the team of civil and workers’ compensation attorneys for all aspects of case handling, working closely with their claims departments Prior to her current position, Nancy was the managing and senior workers’ compensation trial attorney for Liberty Mutual in their San Bernardino, California

  • Brian Esser

    Brian Esser

    Past President

    Brian Esser Brian Esser is a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Brian Esser His practice focuses on family law and LGBT couples Previously, he was a member of the Litigation group in the New York office of Baker & Hostetler LLP His practice focused on complex and general civil litigation and corporate investigations, with a particular emphasis on

  • Bernadette Harrigan

    Bernadette Harrigan

    Secretary

    Bernadette Harrigan is an AVP & Counsel in MassMutual’s Law Dep’t  She joined the company’s Dispute Resolution Division in 2007  Bernadette handles national class actions and other litigation matters for Mass Mutual  She also provides pre-litigation counseling, legal training and works on various special projects for the company

    She has been a practicing trial attorney since 1989, and is admitted to practice in

  • Jesse Ryan Loffler

    Jesse Ryan Loffler

    Treasurer

    Jesse Loffler is an associate in the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP  His practice encompasses complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts including matters relating to securities law, shareholder litigation, contract, governmental investigations, insurance, real estate, bankruptcy, and employment disputes  He has an extensive pro bono practice serving a diverse range of

  • Adeel Mangi

    Adeel Mangi

    At-Large Board Member

    Adeel Mangi is a partner in the litigation department at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in New York, concentrating his practice in complex commercial disputes He has particular experience in false advertising, pharmaceutical pricing, and class action defense

    In 2016, Mr Mangi was named to Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC’s Benchmark: America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys‘ inaugural “Under 40 Hot

  • Elizabeth Davis

    Elizabeth Davis

    At-Large Board Member

    Elizabeth B Davis is a partner in the Atlanta office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and is a member of the firm’s Environmental Department and the Food, Drug and Device Law Practice Group Ms Davis focuses her practice on environmental and product liability matters

    As a former assistant regional counsel with the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, Ms Davis has

  • Travis Torrence

    Travis Torrence

    At-Large Board Member

    Travis Torrence is Vice President – Legal of Jiffy Lube International, Inc, a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, where he also serves as Senior Legal Counsel  Travis graduated from Yale Law School in 2005 and received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in Communication and Political Science from Tulane University

    Prior to joining Shell, Travis was a

  • Mark (Rick) Richardson

    Mark (Rick) Richardson

    At-Large Board Member

    Mark E (Rick) Richardson is Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Global Litigation at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Mr Richardson leads a team of lawyers who manage all forms of non-IP litigation for GSK Active in efforts to obtain civil justice reform and ensure a level playing field for all litigants, Mr Richardson serves on the boards of Lawyers for Civil

  • Norma Barnes-Euresti

    Norma Barnes-Euresti

    At-Large Board Member

    Norma Barnes-Euresti is Vice-President, Chief Counsel, Labor-Employment and Ethics, at Kellogg Company She formerly served as an administrative law judge for the Illinois Human Rights Commission She also served as an attorney for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago

    She is a Fellow of the American Bar Association, and is the executive sponsor for KPride & Allies

    Ms Barnes-Euresti received a

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  • Dale Noll

    Dale Noll

    President

    Dale Noll is an associate in the Miami office of Akerman LLP  His practice focuses on fiduciary litigation and estate planning  He regularly represents fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and other interested parties in high conflict, complex, and high-profile guardianship, trust, and probate matters  Dale has also served in leadership roles in local and national LGBT Bar associations He is admitted to practice

  • Greg Cheikhameguyaz

    Greg Cheikhameguyaz

    President-Elect

    Gregory Cheikhameguyaz is Corporate Counsel at Anixter, Inc  Prior to joining Anixter, Greg was Corporate Counsel for the Aviation Services division of AAR CORP in Chicago  He also worked in-house at Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation, a food safety company  His practice focuses on commercial transactions and negotiation  He also has experience in corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions  He holds a

  • Eduardo Juarez

    Eduardo Juarez

    Past President

    Eduardo Juarez is a Senior Trial Attorney with the San Antonio Field Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where he litigates individual, class and systemic lawsuits under the federal civil rights statutes prohibiting employment discrimination In August 2011, he worked on detail as Special Assistant to EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, the first out lesbian EEOC Commissioner Before his employment with

  • Kylie Byron

    Kylie Byron

    Secretary

    Kylie Byron is an associate in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP  She received her JD from the Washington University School of Law in 2014  Kylie’s practice focuses on consumer and credit reporting, background checks, and wage and hour litigation   Kylie also consults and speaks on employment-related legal issues facing the transgender community, and on developing best practices

  • Wesley Bizzell

    Wesley Bizzell

    Treasurer

    Wesley Bizzell serves as Assistant General Counsel, External Affairs and Director of Political Law and Ethics Programs for Altria Client Services LLC (“ALCS”) Mr Bizzell provides in-house legal counsel on matters relating to the political, legislative, and lobbying activities of Altria Group, Inc, its services companies, including ALCS, and its operating companies, including Philip Morris USA Inc, US Smokeless Tobacco

  • John Stephens

    John Stephens

    ABA Delegate

    John Stephens is a partner at Sedgwick LLP in Los Angeles He focuses his practice on data privacy and digital marketing issues, media and entertainment litigation and live entertainment transactional, including music festivals, intellectual property licensing and transactions, and specialty insurance coverage and litigation Mr Stephens’ entertainment and media clients include media entities, national and worldwide live entertainment and sports companies, magazines,

  • Peter C. Catalanotti

    Peter C. Catalanotti

    Affiliate Representative

    Peter C Catalanotti is a partner in the San Francisco office of Manning & Kass Ellrod Ramirez Trester LLP, where he specializes in professional indemnity insurance defense and employment law His sub-specialty is real estate broker, appraiser, and insurance broker liability He also represents lawyers in malpractice actions Peter received the distinction of being named as a 2009–2015 Super

  • Ben Aguilar

    Ben Aguilar

    Affiliate Representative

    Ben Aguilar is the owner and founder of the Law Offices of Ben Aguilar in downtown San Diego His law practice focuses on Family Law and Immigration Law cases

    Ben is currently the co-president of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association in San Diego Ben also serves on the board of directors of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association

  • Randy Katz

    Randy Katz

    At-Large Board Member

    Randy Katz has served as a federal prosecutor for over a decade at the US Department of Justice  Randy has prosecuted a variety of significant fraud, drug, violent crime and child exploitation matters and serves as the LGBT Special Emphasis Program Manager In 2008, he received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, one of the Department’s highest honors, for his role in Florida’s

  • Alfred Zaher

    Alfred Zaher

    At-Large Board Member

    Alfred Zaher is a Shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC He concentrates his practice on patent, trademark and trade secret litigation, licensing, and counseling He has extensive experience representing clients before US courts, the US Patent and Trademark Office, and the US Copyright Office Prior to entering the practice of law in 1994, Mr Zaher was a

  • Bendita Malakia

    Bendita Malakia

    At-Large Board Member

    Bendita Cynthia Malakia is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Goldman Sachs Previously, Bendita spent over six years at Norton Rose Fulbright advising development banks in connection with their investments in emerging markets Bendita received her BA in Political Science from Barnard College and her JD from Harvard Law School Bendita enjoys spending time with her wife, eating

  • W. Cleveland Acree II

    W. Cleveland Acree II

    At-Large Board Member

    W Cleveland Acree II works for the Orlando office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, PA, a firm with multiple offices in the state of Florida, as well as Ohio, Illinios and Arizona Both at QPWB as well as at prior firms he has practiced with, Cleve’s litigation practice has been quite extensive and has included professional, premises, product, general,

  • Joseph White

    Joseph White

    At-Large Board Member

    Joseph White joined Office Depot in 2009 and is Vice President, Associate General Counsel in transactions

    Joseph received his undergraduate degree (BS), summa cum laude, from the College of Charleston in 1996 and his JD degree, magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina in 1999, where he served on the South Carolina Law Review  Prior to joining Office Depot, Joseph was an

  • Lousene Hoppe

    Lousene Hoppe

    At-Large Board Member

    Lousene Hoppe is a litigator and criminal defense attorney at Fredrikson & Byron, PA, representing corporations and individuals accused of health care fraud, financial or tax crimes, and criminal felony and misdemeanor cases at both the state and federal levels She also focuses on foreign corruption practices act (FCPA) investigations and due diligence, false claims act (FCA) litigation, investigations of

  • Jennifer Protas

    Jennifer Protas

    At-Large Board Member

    Jenn Protas is a shareholder at Hoge Fenton and helps employers navigate California’s numerous employment laws and defends employers with an eye toward successful, yet cost-effective resolution  Her practice focuses on matters related to wage and hour advice and litigation, employee leave issues, personnel management, HR investigations and trainings, and defense of wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation litigation In

  • R. Jason Burch

    R. Jason Burch

    At-Large Board Member

    Jason Burch is an associate in Sidley Austin’s New York office His practice focuses on advising companies through regulatory compliance directives and government enforcement actions His matters involve a range of issues for the life sciences and financial services industries, including good manufacturing practices, promotional sales & trading practices, civil & criminal investigations, and anti-corruption monitoring

    Mr Burch volunteers as an

  • Debra Kinney

    Debra Kinney

    At-Large Board Member

    Deb L Kinney is a partner at Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP, a law firm providing comprehensive estate planning, trust administration and probate services and family law The practice covers a broad spectrum of families and does foundational estate planning, charitable planned giving, and non-citizen and international planning The firm has an extensive probate and trust administration practice representing both beneficiaries and trustees

  • Sherman Helenese

    Sherman Helenese

    At-Large Board Member

    Sherman Helenese provides strategic counsel on complex business and legal issues associated with the development, distribution, acquisition and protection of intellectual property assets His practice focuses on licensing program development, technology transactions (involving software, hardware and related professional services), IP due diligence, trade secrets, and the rapidly evolving privacy and data security issues associated with the same

    He is a

  • William S. Singer

    William S. Singer

    General Counsel

    William S Singer, a partner of Singer & Fedun, LLC, has been in the private practice of law in New Jersey for over 41 years His practice concentrates on the creation and protection of non-traditional families and as counselor to non-profit organizations He has served as the General Counsel for the National LGBT Bar Association since its founding in the

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  • Kevin Kraham

    Kevin Kraham

    President

    Kevin Kraham is a shareholder in Littler Mendelson’s DC office  Kevin represents employers in all aspects of civil rights and employment discrimination law  A former EEOC investigator, law clerk, and administrative judge, Kevin works as a strategic business partner with employers to help ensure that human resources and labor relations practices support and drive business plans  Kevin provides day-to-day advice,

  • Nancy Halas

    Nancy Halas

    President-Elect

    Nancy Halas is the Resident Attorney for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group in Orange, California She oversees the team of civil and workers’ compensation attorneys for all aspects of case handling, working closely with their claims departments Prior to her current position, Nancy was the managing and senior workers’ compensation trial attorney for Liberty Mutual in their San Bernardino, California

  • Brian Esser

    Brian Esser

    Past President

    Brian Esser Brian Esser is a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Brian Esser His practice focuses on family law and LGBT couples Previously, he was a member of the Litigation group in the New York office of Baker & Hostetler LLP His practice focused on complex and general civil litigation and corporate investigations, with a particular emphasis on

  • Bernadette Harrigan

    Bernadette Harrigan

    Secretary

    Bernadette Harrigan is an AVP & Counsel in MassMutual’s Law Dep’t  She joined the company’s Dispute Resolution Division in 2007  Bernadette handles national class actions and other litigation matters for Mass Mutual  She also provides pre-litigation counseling, legal training and works on various special projects for the company

    She has been a practicing trial attorney since 1989, and is admitted to practice in

  • Jesse Ryan Loffler

    Jesse Ryan Loffler

    Treasurer

    Jesse Loffler is an associate in the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP  His practice encompasses complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts including matters relating to securities law, shareholder litigation, contract, governmental investigations, insurance, real estate, bankruptcy, and employment disputes  He has an extensive pro bono practice serving a diverse range of

  • Adeel Mangi

    Adeel Mangi

    At-Large Board Member

    Adeel Mangi is a partner in the litigation department at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in New York, concentrating his practice in complex commercial disputes He has particular experience in false advertising, pharmaceutical pricing, and class action defense

    In 2016, Mr Mangi was named to Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC’s Benchmark: America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys‘ inaugural “Under 40 Hot

  • Elizabeth Davis

    Elizabeth Davis

    At-Large Board Member

    Elizabeth B Davis is a partner in the Atlanta office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and is a member of the firm’s Environmental Department and the Food, Drug and Device Law Practice Group Ms Davis focuses her practice on environmental and product liability matters

    As a former assistant regional counsel with the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, Ms Davis has

  • Travis Torrence

    Travis Torrence

    At-Large Board Member

    Travis Torrence is Vice President – Legal of Jiffy Lube International, Inc, a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, where he also serves as Senior Legal Counsel  Travis graduated from Yale Law School in 2005 and received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in Communication and Political Science from Tulane University

    Prior to joining Shell, Travis was a

  • Mark (Rick) Richardson

    Mark (Rick) Richardson

    At-Large Board Member

    Mark E (Rick) Richardson is Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Global Litigation at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Mr Richardson leads a team of lawyers who manage all forms of non-IP litigation for GSK Active in efforts to obtain civil justice reform and ensure a level playing field for all litigants, Mr Richardson serves on the boards of Lawyers for Civil

  • Norma Barnes-Euresti

    Norma Barnes-Euresti

    At-Large Board Member

    Norma Barnes-Euresti is Vice-President, Chief Counsel, Labor-Employment and Ethics, at Kellogg Company She formerly served as an administrative law judge for the Illinois Human Rights Commission She also served as an attorney for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago

    She is a Fellow of the American Bar Association, and is the executive sponsor for KPride & Allies

    Ms Barnes-Euresti received a