The Board

  • Dale Noll

    Dale Noll

    Past 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

    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

  • Wesley Bizzell

    Wesley Bizzell

    President-Elect

    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

  • Lousene Hoppe Schwarz

    Lousene Hoppe Schwarz

    Treasurer

    Lousene Hoppe Schwarz 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Gavin Alexander

    Gavin Alexander

    Affiliate Representative

    Gavin Alexander is an associate in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray LLP, and he presently serves as a Co-Chair of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association  His practice focuses on representing investment advisers, hedge funds, private equity funds, and institutional investors on a variety of transactional and regulatory matters Gavin represents private fund advisers on all aspects of their

  • John Stephens

    John Stephens

    ABA Delegate

    John Stephens is chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Cyber Risk Practice Group, vice chair of the Sports and Entertainment Practice Group, and leader of the firm’s Los Angeles office and west coast operations Standing at the forefront of data privacy, digital marketing, new media, and entertainment-related legal issues for over two decades, John is known for his wide-ranging practice, covering data

  • 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

  • Alfred Zaher

    Alfred Zaher

    At-Large Board Member

    Alfred Zaher has recently join Montgomery McCracken in Philadelphia serving as chair of the Intellectual Property department, as well as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Previously, Alfred was a Shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC He concentrated his practice on patent, trademark and trade secret litigation, licensing, and counseling He has extensive experience representing clients before US courts, the US

  • Bendita Cynthia Malakia

    Bendita Cynthia Malakia

    At-Large Board Member

    Bendita Cynthia Malakia is an inclusive leadership professional, lawyer and certified professional coach, currently serving as Inclusion Manager – Americas at the international law firm of Hogan Lovells In her role, Bendita focuses on integrating diversity and inclusion into the architecture, processes and programs at the firm, investing in high potential diverse attorneys, creating a culture of inclusion, and prosecuting

  • 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

  • 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

  • Jason Burch

    Jason Burch

    At-Large Board Member

    Jason Burch is regulatory counsel at Uber​, ​based in New York​ City He previously was an associate in Sidley Austin’s Chicago and New York offices​

    Mr Burch volunteers as an Attorney Advisor to Upwardly Global, a nonprofit offering training and support for highly skilled immigrants and refugees He also has been a speaker and panelist on topics including crisis and risk

  • Deb Kinney

    Deb 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  is a member of Buchalter’s Intellectual Property and Internet, E-Commerce & Social Media practice groups in the Seattle office He 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),

  • Jason Prussman

    Jason Prussman

    At-Large Board Member

    Jason is Senior Counsel for Automatic Data Processing, Inc (ADP) where he supports the Screening & Selection Services and I-9 Compliance Services business units  Prior to joining ADP, Jason was Senior Corporate Counsel at Level 3 Communications, LLC, where he served as the company’s senior employment attorney  A native of Colorado, Jason holds a JD from the University of

  • Frederick Sultan

    Frederick Sultan

    At-Large Board Member

    Fred Sultan helps individuals and businesses throughout Texas and the United States with commercial litigation and appeals involving a broad range of business disputes, including employment, contract, business tort and trade secret-related claims Fred’s experience includes representation in construction litigation, probate, real property, judgment collection, intellectual property litigation, and securities litigation and arbitration Clients comprising a wide variety of

  • 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

  • Nancy Halas

    Nancy Halas

    President

    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

  • Kevin Kraham

    Kevin Kraham

    Past 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,

  • 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 focuses on regulatory practice specializing in Environmental, CPSC, FDA, and Product Liability Extensive experience with all environmental issues, including those arising under RCRA, CERCLA, EPCRA, TSCA, NEPA, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Oil Pollution Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, brownfields redevelopment, sustainability and green building, as well as all aspects of consumer product

  • 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

The Association
  • Dale Noll

    Dale Noll

    Past 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

    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

  • Wesley Bizzell

    Wesley Bizzell

    President-Elect

    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

  • Lousene Hoppe Schwarz

    Lousene Hoppe Schwarz

    Treasurer

    Lousene Hoppe Schwarz 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Gavin Alexander

    Gavin Alexander

    Affiliate Representative

    Gavin Alexander is an associate in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray LLP, and he presently serves as a Co-Chair of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association  His practice focuses on representing investment advisers, hedge funds, private equity funds, and institutional investors on a variety of transactional and regulatory matters Gavin represents private fund advisers on all aspects of their

  • John Stephens

    John Stephens

    ABA Delegate

    John Stephens is chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Cyber Risk Practice Group, vice chair of the Sports and Entertainment Practice Group, and leader of the firm’s Los Angeles office and west coast operations Standing at the forefront of data privacy, digital marketing, new media, and entertainment-related legal issues for over two decades, John is known for his wide-ranging practice, covering data

  • 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

  • Alfred Zaher

    Alfred Zaher

    At-Large Board Member

    Alfred Zaher has recently join Montgomery McCracken in Philadelphia serving as chair of the Intellectual Property department, as well as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Previously, Alfred was a Shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC He concentrated his practice on patent, trademark and trade secret litigation, licensing, and counseling He has extensive experience representing clients before US courts, the US

  • Bendita Cynthia Malakia

    Bendita Cynthia Malakia

    At-Large Board Member

    Bendita Cynthia Malakia is an inclusive leadership professional, lawyer and certified professional coach, currently serving as Inclusion Manager – Americas at the international law firm of Hogan Lovells In her role, Bendita focuses on integrating diversity and inclusion into the architecture, processes and programs at the firm, investing in high potential diverse attorneys, creating a culture of inclusion, and prosecuting

  • 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

  • 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

  • Jason Burch

    Jason Burch

    At-Large Board Member

    Jason Burch is regulatory counsel at Uber​, ​based in New York​ City He previously was an associate in Sidley Austin’s Chicago and New York offices​

    Mr Burch volunteers as an Attorney Advisor to Upwardly Global, a nonprofit offering training and support for highly skilled immigrants and refugees He also has been a speaker and panelist on topics including crisis and risk

  • Deb Kinney

    Deb 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  is a member of Buchalter’s Intellectual Property and Internet, E-Commerce & Social Media practice groups in the Seattle office He 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),

  • Jason Prussman

    Jason Prussman

    At-Large Board Member

    Jason is Senior Counsel for Automatic Data Processing, Inc (ADP) where he supports the Screening & Selection Services and I-9 Compliance Services business units  Prior to joining ADP, Jason was Senior Corporate Counsel at Level 3 Communications, LLC, where he served as the company’s senior employment attorney  A native of Colorado, Jason holds a JD from the University of

  • Frederick Sultan

    Frederick Sultan

    At-Large Board Member

    Fred Sultan helps individuals and businesses throughout Texas and the United States with commercial litigation and appeals involving a broad range of business disputes, including employment, contract, business tort and trade secret-related claims Fred’s experience includes representation in construction litigation, probate, real property, judgment collection, intellectual property litigation, and securities litigation and arbitration Clients comprising a wide variety of

  • 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

The Foundation
  • Nancy Halas

    Nancy Halas

    President

    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

  • Kevin Kraham

    Kevin Kraham

    Past 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,

  • 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 focuses on regulatory practice specializing in Environmental, CPSC, FDA, and Product Liability Extensive experience with all environmental issues, including those arising under RCRA, CERCLA, EPCRA, TSCA, NEPA, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Oil Pollution Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, brownfields redevelopment, sustainability and green building, as well as all aspects of consumer product

  • 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