The Board

  • Eduardo Juarez

    Eduardo Juarez

    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

  • Dale Noll

    Dale Noll

    President-Elect

    Dale Noll is an associate in the Miami office of Akerman LLP  His practice focuses on fiduciary litigation, estate planning, and family law  He regularly represents fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and other interested parties in high conflict, complex, and high-profile guardianship, trust, and probate matters  Dale is also currently Co-Chair of the

  • Jeremy Protas

    Jeremy Protas

    Past President

    Jeremy Protas is a partner at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP in Chicago Jeremy’s practice focuses on securing patent protection in the United States and abroad, counseling clients on patent-related matters, and participating in complex patent litigation He also serves on the firm’s Diversity and Pro Bono Committees Jeremy holds

  • Greg Cheikhameguyaz

    Greg Cheikhameguyaz

    Treasurer

    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

  • Ana Christian

    Ana Christian

    Secretary

    Ana Christian is an associate in the Health Care practice group at Polsinelli, LLP in Los Angeles Ana focuses her health care practice on clinical research transactions and compliance Ana drafts and negotiates all manner of clinical research contracts, including clinical trial agreements, assignment and assumption agreements, confidentiality agreements, and

  • John T. Hendricks

    John T. Hendricks

    ABA Delegate

    Following years of litigation practice representing Fortune 500 companies and their management, John T Hendricks founded HendricksMurry, PC to provide businesses with the highest level of legal expertise and services, complemented by an unparalleled commitment to leverage the latest technology — all to give his clients the best possible representation Mr

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Kylie Byron

    Kylie Byron

    At-Large Board Member

    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

  • Heron Greenesmith

    Heron Greenesmith

    At-Large Board Member

    Heron Greenesmith is an LGBT Movement and Policy Analyst with the Movement Advancement Project Before joining MAP, Heron was Legislative Counsel at the Family Equality Council where she focused on federal regulatory reforms for LGBT parents and their children She has written about employment discrimination and the legal invisibility of

  • 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,

  • Tom Lane

    Tom Lane

    At-Large Board Member

    Thomas Patrick Lane is a partner in Winston & Strawn’s New York office who focuses his practice on complex business and commercial litigation, particularly in the new media and entertainment fields Mr Lane’s work frequently puts him at the forefront of precedent-setting intellectual property cases that shape the law

  • 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

  • Brad Evan Rosen

    Brad Evan Rosen

    At-Large Board Member

    Brad Evan Rosen is an associate in the New York office of Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart and Sullivan, and a Lecturer in Computer Science at Yale University He received his BS and MS from Yale University in 2004, and his JD from Harvard Law School in 2008 While at Harvard, Brad

  • Joseph White

    Joseph White

    At-Large Board Member

    Joseph White joined Office Depot in 2009 and manages the transactions team, which is responsible for reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts across all business functions  In addition, his team provides ongoing guidance with respect to all Office Depot advertising and marketing activities

    Joseph received his undergraduate degree (BS), summa cum laude,

  • 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

  • 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

  • Brian Esser

    Brian Esser

    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

  • Kevin Kraham

    Kevin Kraham

    President-Elect

    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

  • Joseph A. Vallo

    Joseph A. Vallo

    Past President

    Joseph A Vallo is a Litigation Shareholder with Greenberg Traurig in Fort Lauderdale and New York Joe’s practice focuses on securities arbitration and litigation and he has wide-ranging experience in retail brokerage compliance in domestic and international markets Before joining Greenberg Traurig he was Senior Vice President, Senior Litigation

  • Hope Adams

    Hope Adams

    Treasurer

    Hope Adams is Senior Counsel, Investment Management and Securities, for PNC Bank, National Association, and is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Prior to joining PNC Bank, Ms Adams was a Counsel at Reed Smith LLP in Washington, DC, where she was a member of the Investment Management and Alternative Funds practice

  • 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

  • Wesley Bizzell

    Wesley Bizzell

    At-Large Board Member

    Wesley Bizzell serves as Assistant General Counsel, Government Affairs for Altria Client Services Inc (“ALCS”) Mr Bizzell provides in-house legal counsel on matters relating to the political, legislative and lobbying activities of Altria Group, Inc In this role, Mr Bizzell is responsible for ensuring that Altria and its companies comply

  • Todd Dickinson

    Todd Dickinson

    At-Large Board Member

    Q Todd Dickinson most recently served as Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), an association of over 15,000 members, and one of the world’s leading policy and advocacy organizations in the field of intellectual property  Prior to AIPLA, Mr Dickinson served as Under Secretary of

  • Ted Furman

    Ted Furman

    At-Large Board Member

    Ted Furman is a Vice President in the GlaxoSmithKline(GSK) Legal Department managing a global team handling GSK’s Consumer Healthcare, Dermatology, and Ophthalmology patent matters, having joined GSK in 2002 Ted has also been a member of the patent departments at Bristol-Myers Squibb and the RCA Corporation and has a total

  • Nancy Halas

    Nancy Halas

    At-Large Board Member

    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

  • Jesse Ryan Loffler

    Jesse Ryan Loffler

    At-Large Board Member

    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

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  • Eduardo Juarez

    Eduardo Juarez

    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

  • Dale Noll

    Dale Noll

    President-Elect

    Dale Noll is an associate in the Miami office of Akerman LLP  His practice focuses on fiduciary litigation, estate planning, and family law  He regularly represents fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and other interested parties in high conflict, complex, and high-profile guardianship, trust, and probate matters  Dale is also currently Co-Chair of the

  • Jeremy Protas

    Jeremy Protas

    Past President

    Jeremy Protas is a partner at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP in Chicago Jeremy’s practice focuses on securing patent protection in the United States and abroad, counseling clients on patent-related matters, and participating in complex patent litigation He also serves on the firm’s Diversity and Pro Bono Committees Jeremy holds

  • Greg Cheikhameguyaz

    Greg Cheikhameguyaz

    Treasurer

    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

  • Ana Christian

    Ana Christian

    Secretary

    Ana Christian is an associate in the Health Care practice group at Polsinelli, LLP in Los Angeles Ana focuses her health care practice on clinical research transactions and compliance Ana drafts and negotiates all manner of clinical research contracts, including clinical trial agreements, assignment and assumption agreements, confidentiality agreements, and

  • John T. Hendricks

    John T. Hendricks

    ABA Delegate

    Following years of litigation practice representing Fortune 500 companies and their management, John T Hendricks founded HendricksMurry, PC to provide businesses with the highest level of legal expertise and services, complemented by an unparalleled commitment to leverage the latest technology — all to give his clients the best possible representation Mr

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Kylie Byron

    Kylie Byron

    At-Large Board Member

    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

  • Heron Greenesmith

    Heron Greenesmith

    At-Large Board Member

    Heron Greenesmith is an LGBT Movement and Policy Analyst with the Movement Advancement Project Before joining MAP, Heron was Legislative Counsel at the Family Equality Council where she focused on federal regulatory reforms for LGBT parents and their children She has written about employment discrimination and the legal invisibility of

  • 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,

  • Tom Lane

    Tom Lane

    At-Large Board Member

    Thomas Patrick Lane is a partner in Winston & Strawn’s New York office who focuses his practice on complex business and commercial litigation, particularly in the new media and entertainment fields Mr Lane’s work frequently puts him at the forefront of precedent-setting intellectual property cases that shape the law

  • 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

  • Brad Evan Rosen

    Brad Evan Rosen

    At-Large Board Member

    Brad Evan Rosen is an associate in the New York office of Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart and Sullivan, and a Lecturer in Computer Science at Yale University He received his BS and MS from Yale University in 2004, and his JD from Harvard Law School in 2008 While at Harvard, Brad

  • Joseph White

    Joseph White

    At-Large Board Member

    Joseph White joined Office Depot in 2009 and manages the transactions team, which is responsible for reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts across all business functions  In addition, his team provides ongoing guidance with respect to all Office Depot advertising and marketing activities

    Joseph received his undergraduate degree (BS), summa cum laude,

  • 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

  • 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

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  • Brian Esser

    Brian Esser

    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

  • Kevin Kraham

    Kevin Kraham

    President-Elect

    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

  • Joseph A. Vallo

    Joseph A. Vallo

    Past President

    Joseph A Vallo is a Litigation Shareholder with Greenberg Traurig in Fort Lauderdale and New York Joe’s practice focuses on securities arbitration and litigation and he has wide-ranging experience in retail brokerage compliance in domestic and international markets Before joining Greenberg Traurig he was Senior Vice President, Senior Litigation

  • Hope Adams

    Hope Adams

    Treasurer

    Hope Adams is Senior Counsel, Investment Management and Securities, for PNC Bank, National Association, and is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Prior to joining PNC Bank, Ms Adams was a Counsel at Reed Smith LLP in Washington, DC, where she was a member of the Investment Management and Alternative Funds practice

  • 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

  • Wesley Bizzell

    Wesley Bizzell

    At-Large Board Member

    Wesley Bizzell serves as Assistant General Counsel, Government Affairs for Altria Client Services Inc (“ALCS”) Mr Bizzell provides in-house legal counsel on matters relating to the political, legislative and lobbying activities of Altria Group, Inc In this role, Mr Bizzell is responsible for ensuring that Altria and its companies comply

  • Todd Dickinson

    Todd Dickinson

    At-Large Board Member

    Q Todd Dickinson most recently served as Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), an association of over 15,000 members, and one of the world’s leading policy and advocacy organizations in the field of intellectual property  Prior to AIPLA, Mr Dickinson served as Under Secretary of

  • Ted Furman

    Ted Furman

    At-Large Board Member

    Ted Furman is a Vice President in the GlaxoSmithKline(GSK) Legal Department managing a global team handling GSK’s Consumer Healthcare, Dermatology, and Ophthalmology patent matters, having joined GSK in 2002 Ted has also been a member of the patent departments at Bristol-Myers Squibb and the RCA Corporation and has a total

  • Nancy Halas

    Nancy Halas

    At-Large Board Member

    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

  • Jesse Ryan Loffler

    Jesse Ryan Loffler

    At-Large Board Member

    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