Board Of Directors
DLA Piper US LLP (Chicago)
Stanley Adelman is Chicago Appleseed’s representative to the National Board Senior and Counsel at DLA Piper. After 44 years practicing in the area of business litigation, Mr. Adelman now devotes himself exclusively to pro bono matters.
Michael Allen is Washington Appleseed’s National Board Affiliate Member Senior and Corporate Compliance Manager at Nordstrom Inc. Prior to Nordstrom, Michael was in Senior Attorney roles at Microsoft Corporation and Sprint Corporation. He was a government lawyer in the Clinton Administration, where he worked in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice, as well as the International Law Office of the Environmental Protection Agency. Michael also worked in the Washington, DC office of the law firms of K&L Gates and Anderson Kill & Olick. Currently Michael serves as an Associate for the ArtsFund in Seattle.
Robert L. Bachner
Phillips Nizer LLP
Robert L. Bachner, Founding Member, is Senior Counsel at Phillips Nizer LLP in New York City, concentrating in real estate and trust and estate matters. Mr. Bachner is also a member of the National Council of the Environmental Defense Fund.
Squire Patton Boggs
Alicia Batts is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice at Squire Patton Boggs. Her agency and counseling practice includes consumer protection matters before the Federal Trade Commission and state authorities. Her federal antitrust litigation practice spans the full range of antitrust and unfair competition-related litigation, including class actions and competitor suits.
Craig Becker is AFL-CIO general counsel. Mr. Becker is also a former member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Before joining the NLRB, he served as associate general counsel to both the SEIU and the AFL-CIO.
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Brian Boyle, a partner in O’Melveny’s Washington, DC office, represents financial services companies in class action and other litigation seeking to aggregate consumer and other economic injuries. Mr. Boyle is Chair of the Firm’s Financial Services Practice and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Health Care and Life Sciences Practice. He also is active in the Firm’s Appellate Practice and has been named by Legal 500 as a leading practitioner in the ERISA litigation and health care areas.
George Butts Law
George Butts is Texas Appleseed’s representative to the National Board. In his extensive trial practice, Mr.Butts has tried cases involving allegations of negligent and intentional torts, breach of contract, violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, the Insurance Code, breach of warranty, fraud, legal and medical malpractice, disputes regarding the ownership of commercial properties, products liability, mass toxic torts, premise liability, building construction, highway construction, employment discrimination, civil rights, and criminal law, among others.
Michael A. Collora
Collora LLP (MA)
Michael Collora is Massachusetts Appleseed’s representative to the National Board and a founding member of Collora LLP. Before founding Collora LLP, Mr. Collora served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for eight years and headed the U.S. Attorney’s Special Investigation Unit from 1979 – 81. In the summer of 2017 he became partner of the Boston office of Hogan Lovells.
Legal Horizons Foundation
Robert F. Cusumano is the founder and CEO of Legal Horizons Foundation. Previously, Bob was a partner in Crowell & Moring’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Insurance/Reinsurance Group and the Commercial Litigation Group. Prior to joining the firm, Bob was the global general counsel for the NYSE-listed international insurance enterprise, ACE, Ltd., for eight years. He also also been a partner with Debevoise & Plimpton and, before that, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he focused on complex litigation for insurers and others.
DLA Piper US LLP
Lisa Dewey became DLA Piper’s full-time Pro Bono Partner in 1999. As such, Ms. Dewey advises and represents individuals and public interest organizations on a pro bono basis. She cultivates DLA Piper’s strategic thinking on pro bono, including the vision for DLA Piper’s US pro bono program, including over 1,500 lawyers. She also serves as the Director for New Perimeter, DLA Piper’s nonprofit affiliate dedicated to global pro bono work.
Rebecca Dulin is South Carolina Appleseed’s representative to the National Board and . Ms. Dulin practices energy law with a focus on electric utilities particularly involving Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) matters. Prior to joining Parker Poe, Ms. Dulin worked with The Public Service Commission of South Carolina as an energy attorney.
Crowell & Moring LLP (DC)
Marc Efron is DC Appleseed’s representative to the National Board and a retired partner of Cromwell & Moring. He is a founding member of Cromwell & Moring and practiced in the areas of government contracts litigation and counseling and defense of alleged procurement fraud.
Gail Erickson, Founding Member, previously served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of W.R. Grace & Co., a multi-national chemical company. Ms. Erickson is currently engaged in civic and philanthropic activities. She is a vice chairman of Citizens Union, a good government organization in New York City, a director of Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, a musical training institution in Brooklyn, and treasurer of Lemur Conservation Foundation, a reserve and research facility in Florida.
BBVA Compass (AL)
Rowena Frazer is Alabama Appleseed’s representative to the National Board and a Senior Instructional Designer and Training Specialist at BBVA Compass. Ms. Frazer works with various lines of business and international project teams to design and produce instructional and reference materials.
Joshua P. Galper
Davis Goldberg & Galper
Josh is a founder and partner of the law firm Davis, Goldberg & Galper PLLC and the public relations firm Trident DMG, which both focus on matters at the intersection of law, policy and the media. Previously, Josh served as the Chief Policy Officer, General Counsel and head of business development for Personal.com, a venture-backed tech company. Before Personal, Josh was a partner in the Washington office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where he co-chaired the firm’s Public Strategies and Crisis Management Practice. Josh is an appointed member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee and also has extensive political experience, ranging from Capitol Hill to presidential, congressional and state campaigns. He is the co-host of “The Crisis” on Soundcloud, a podcast dedicated to examining crisis management topics in business and politics.
Stanley Grossman is New York Appleseed’s representative to the National Board and is Senior Counsel to Grossman LLP. He has litigated complex securities and antitrust actions for over 40 years, and is recognized as a leader in the bar. Mr. Grossman’s broad experience has included trials of complex corporate and securities matters, as well as appellate work in federal and state courts across the country, resulting in recoveries for his clients aggregating well over $1 billion.
Susan Haller is Vice President, Legal at Sprint Nextel Corporation and serves as Chief Litigation Counsel. Prior to her role at Sprint, which she assumed after the Sprint-Nextel merger in 2005, she was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Nextel Communications. She joined Nextel after sixteen years in the General Litigation Group of the international law firm Jones Day, where she was named a Partner in 1990.
Eileen Hershenov is General Counsel with Wikimedia. Previously, she spent ten years as Vice President, General Counsel for Consumer Reports, providing legal advice and representation on a wide range of issues, ranging from not-for-profit law compliance to managing litigation.Before joining Consumer Reports, Ms. Hershenov served as General Counsel for the Open Society (Soros) Foundations. Ms. Hershenov lectures frequently on media law, privacy and technology and not-for-profit law.
David Hurtado Badiola
(52 55) 5267-4517
David Hurtado Badiola is Mexico Appleseed’s representative to the National Board and Partner at the law firm of Jauregui y Del Valle, S.C. Mr. Hurtado specializes in international trade (including antidumping and countervailing duties regulations), customs law, antitrust, corporate law, commercial law and foreign investment regulations. Previously, he was a Foreign Associate of Johnson & Gibb’s Dallas office and has been a Professor of Administrative Law at the Escuela Libre de Derecho since 1985.
(Co-Chair), Edgeworth Economics
John Johnson is President and CEO of Edgeworth Economics. Mr. Johnson uses state of the art econometric techniques and economic theory to analyze complex datasets in antitrust and labor/employment litigation. His antitrust practice focuses on criminal and civil cartel matters in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is the co-author of one of the most widely cited papers on antitrust class actions, and was the economist for the appeal in the In Re Hydrogen Peroxide Antitrust Litigation, which mandated rigorous standards in the certification of a class.
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Robert Katz is a Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group. He represents clients in a broad range of M&A transactions including tender and exchange offers, leveraged buyouts, takeover defense strategies, joint ventures, divestitures and cross-border transactions. Mr. Katz has been recognized as a recommended lawyer in private equity buyouts by Legal 500.
Eric S. Koenig
Eric Koenig is a lawyer in Washington, DC with expertise in litigation, intellectual property law, and nonprofit management. Mr. Koenig worked for Microsoft from 1991-2001 as a senior attorney in the company’s European office in Paris, France. His responsibilities included intellectual property, antitrust, litigation, trade, and management of legal and corporate affairs in Central, Northern and Eastern Europe, including Germany, the company’s largest European market.
Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP
Rory Leraris is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on antitrust, M&A, securities and derivative litigation, and other complex commercial disputes. She has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation for her work. She joined Cravath in 2008 and became a partner in 2017. Ms. Leraris holds a JD from Chicago Law School.
Latham & Watkins LLP
Raymond Lin is a Partner at Latham & Watkins. Mr. Lin’s practice focuses on the representation of private equity firms in mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions. In addition to Appleseed, he serves on the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School.
Melody McCray Miller
Melody McCray Miller is Kansas Appleseed’s new representative to the National Board. She is a former Democratic member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing the 89th district. She has served since 2005. Prior to her election to the House, McCray-Miller served as a Wichita city commissioner and on the local school board. She serves on the Executive Board of Center for Health and Wellness, the Advisory Board for Wichita Children’s Home, and the Grant Chapel A.M.E. Steward Board.
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll LLC
Herb Milstein began practicing law with Jerry S. Cohen in 1970 – the birth of the Firm. Mr. Milstein has been lead or principal counsel in many of the best known securities class actions litigated during the past 40 years. He retired from the Firm in 2012. Mr. Milstein is the author of numerous articles on topics involving class action litigations and the Federal securities laws. He recently authored an article on current issues involving federal securities laws and wrote a separate article in the book entitled The Burger Years. Mr. Milstein formerly served on the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission for five and one-half years, and last held the position of Chief Enforcement Attorney, Division of Corporate Regulation.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Mary Morningstar is Associate General Counsel for environmental law with Lockheed Martin Corporation for 24 years. Ms. Morningstar manages much of Lockheed Martin’s existing or potential toxic tort litigation and provides legal counseling and support to the energy, environment, safety, and health department in Bethesda, Maryland.
Center for the Study of Responsive Law
Ralph Nader, Founding Member, first made headlines in 1965 with his book, Unsafe at Any Speed, which documented the production of unsafe vehicles by the auto industry. He is responsible for at least eight major federal consumer protection laws, the recall of millions of defective motor vehicles, and a number of other advances in areas of safety, health, pollution control, access to government, and freedom of information. The largest of the organizations which Mr. Nader founded is Public Citizen.
Ralph Petersberger, Founding Member, is retired from McDermott, Will & Emery’s Washington, DC office, where he specialized in corporate federal tax matters. He now performs legal services for a number of charitable organizations on a pro bono basis. He has served on the board of trustees of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda.
Bertrand B. Pogrebin, Founding Member, is a shareholder of Littler Mendelson in New York, where he advises and represents many public and fortune 500 private sector employers throughout the country on labor relations and employment law issues. Mr. Pogrebin focuses his practice on corporate compliance related to anti-discrimination laws, the National Labor Relations Act, Title VII, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Pilar Ramos is Louisiana Appleseed’s representative to the National Board and Executive Vice President, Associate General Counsel, North America at MasterCard. She is responsible for all legal, regulatory, government and franchise affairs in the region. Ms. Ramos began her legal career as an associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, working as part of the international capital markets and syndicated finance practices.
Malcolm C. Rich is the Executive Director of Chicago Appleseed. He has been the executive director of the Chicago Council of Lawyers since 1986. He practiced with the law firm Whitted & Kraning where he specialized in special education and mental health law, and is the former executive director of the Foundation for Educational Research. Mr. Rich is of counsel to the law firm Whitted & Cleary LLC. He chairs the Executive Directors Council of Appleseed.
King & Spalding
Grace Rodriguez is Partner in the Litigation & Antitrust Practice Group in King & Spalding’s Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, antitrust matters, whistleblower actions, and internal investigations. Ms. Rodriguez has been a member of the Firm’s Policy Committee, and Chair of the Firm’s Associate Evaluation Committee. Prior to joining King & Spalding, Ms. Rodriguez was with Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Steven Schulman, Partner at Akin Gump, leads Akin Gump’s pro bono practice worldwide. B.A. cum laude in 1989 from Brandeis University and his J.D. cum laude in 1994 from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he was the associate note and comment editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.
Arent Fox LLP
Barbara Wahl is a Partner at Arent Fox where she encompasses a wide range of complex commercial litigation. Her litigation practice involves all phases of litigation from business counseling, including the use of litigation as a business tool and risk avoidance, to the preparation and the filing of a lawsuit, through discovery, pretrial motions, consideration of settlement, trial, and appellate review. Ms. Wahl also currently serves as chair of the Women’s Leadership Development Initiative, and she has been chair of the recruitment committee and an EEO coordinator.
Cline Williams, Wright Johnson & Oldfather LLP
Megan Wright is Nebraska Appleseed’s representative to the National Board and Attorney at Cline Williams. Ms. Wright’s litigation practice focuses on complex commercial cases, securities, energy, trademark and intellectual property disputes. Ms. Wright has also represented clients in real estate disputes, including eminent domain and partition proceedings and cases involving internet defamation.
DLA Piper USA LLP
Philip F. Zeidman, Founding Member, is a partner with DLA Piper US LLP Washington, DC, where he specializes in franchise law. He was a lawyer at the Federal Trade Commission, general counsel of the Small Business Administration and special assistant to Vice President Hubert Humphrey. He has served as General Counsel to the International Franchise Association throughout his career, and Who’s Who Legal named him Global Franchise Lawyer of the Year for nine consecutive years. He was the first Chairman of the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section’s Distribution and Franchising Committee. Mr. Zeidman also serves Appleseed as its General Counsel.