Advisory Council

Updated on June 15, 2015

David Favre

david-favre-webDavid Favre is a professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law. His books include the case book Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights (2nd ed.), Animal Law and Dog Behavior, and International Trade in Endangered Species. He is editor-in-chief of, and he was a founding officer of ALDF for more than twenty years, serving as board president for the last two years. Presently he is the vice chair of the American Bar Association/TIPS Committee on Animal Law and in 2012 was chair of the AALS Animal Law Committee.

Jackson Galaxy

jackson-galaxyJackson Galaxy is host and executive producer of Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat from Hell, which averages one million weekly viewers. He is author of the memoir Cat Daddy, along with Catification: Designing a Happy & Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) which was a New York Times Animal Bestseller in 2014. His work has been featured on 20/20, The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Tonight Show, as well as in The New York Times, USA Today, Slate, The Washington Post, and New York Post.

Jeremy Larner

jeremy-larnerJeremy Larner is an accomplished entrepreneur in the worlds of television, consumer brands, and fine arts. He is committed to creating widespread awareness for animal advocacy issues through various media platforms including television, social media, and celebrity outreach.

Jeremy and his wife are currently building an animal sanctuary in Connecticut.

Susann “Sunny” MacLachlan

sunny-maclachlan-webSunny MacLachlan is a clinical professor of law and director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

She coaches the Animal Law Advocacy Closing Argument Competition team and is the vice president of the Illinois Native American Bar Association.

Joshua Marquis

Joshua-Marquis-WEBJosh Marquis, formerly vice chair of ALDF’s board, was a member of the board from 2004-2012. He is the district attorney in Astoria, Oregon where he is serving his fifth elected term of office, having just been re-elected to his sixth term starting in January 2015. He is a past president of the Oregon District Attorneys Association and a past vice president of the National District Attorneys Association.

Natalie Ragan

Natalie RaganNatalie Ragan is a program associate at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation where she supports strategic grant making for marine conservation issues. Natalie has also worked to develop and implement wildlife protection policies in her work at Humane Society International and the Humane Society of the United States. She holds a master’s degree in Wildlife Conservation and is a volunteer at the San Francisco SPCA.

Sandy Rees

GSandy Rees, CFRE is a fundraising coach and consultant whose passion is showing small nonprofit organizations how to raise additional funds, strengthen their leadership, and build relationships with donors. An accomplished presenter and an AFP Master Trainer, she’s led fundraising seminars for local, regional, national, and international audiences and is the creator of the Get Fully Funded system for fundraising.

Bernard Rollin

bernard-rollin-webDr. Bernard E. Rollin is university distinguished professor and professor of philosophy, biomedical sciences, animal sciences, and university bioethicist at Colorado State University. He was a major architect of the 1985 U.S. federal laws protecting laboratory animals, and he has authored many notable books, including The Unheeded Cry: Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain and Scientific Change, and The Well-Being of Farm Animals: Challenges and Solutions (with John Benson), and his autobiography, Putting the Horse Before Descartes. He is one of the leading scholars in animal rights and has lectured all over the world and developed the world’s first courses in veterinary medical ethics and ethical issues in animal science. He served on the Pew National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production and serves on the Institute for Laboratory Animal Resources (ILAR) Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dave Simon

dave-simon-webDave Simon is an attorney, advocate for sustainable consumption, and the author of the book, Meatonomics.

He also serves on the boards of Animal Protection & Rescue League and the APRL Fund.

He has brought numerous challenges to free speech rules that stifle activism.

Robert “Skip” Trimble

skip-trimble-webSkip Trimble is a former ALDF board member and a current board member of the Texas Humane Legislation Network. He also served as the chair of the Dallas Animal Shelter Commission and was instrumental in establishing an Animal Cruelty Prosecutor in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Skip previously worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and the law firm of Winstead, McGuire, Sechrest & Trimble and is currently a principal in the real estate investment firm Catlyn Capital Corp.

Michelle Ullrich-Kownacki

Michelle Ullrich-Kownacki is an active animal advocate and a former ALDF board member. Through her Annapolis, Maryland Pet Boutique she regularly hosts dog-friendly events that support a variety of animal charities. In 2005, Michelle became passionate about supporting ALDF after fostering/adopting Ben, a Jack Russell terrier who was ultimately rescued in the landmark ALDF v. Woodley case. Michelle has been active in creating fundraising events to benefit the Animal Legal Defense Fund, including Ben’s Boat Cruises and an online auction.

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