Litigation Program

Matthew Liebman is Director of Litigation in the litigation program and works on all aspects of ALDF’s civil cases. He has litigated cases including ALDF v. Otter, the first lawsuit to successfully invalidate an Ag-Gag law; Bennett v. McDaniel, which rescued a captive bear from a small concrete cage where she had languished for 16 years; and ALDF v. Conyers, which resulted in the rescue of more than 100 dogs from a North Carolina hoarder. Matthew’s writing has appeared in the Animal Law Review, the Journal of Animal Law, the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, and the Animal Legal & Historical Web Center. With Bruce Wagman, Matthew co-authored A Worldview of Animal Law, which examines how the legal systems of different countries govern our interactions with animals.

Before coming to ALDF, Matthew clerked for the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Matthew graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School in 2006 and with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001 with a degree in philosophy. While a law student at Stanford, Matthew co-founded a chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and was an active member of Animal Rights on the Farm, where he worked on campaigns against factory farming and vivisection. He lives with his human companion and their five feline companions Kitty Kitty, Ollie, Emma, Spider, and Niecey.

Tony is a nationally recognized litigator and trial attorney who joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund after a 15-year career as a partner with the largest law firm in the world. Tony’s path to the Animal Legal Defense Fund began when he was a young associate encouraged by a colleague with a passion for animal law. Tony went on to work on several pro bono cases with the Animal Legal Defense Fund before he joined as full time staff. bestowed on a select group of lawyers under the age of 40 (Tony was one of eight nationwide in the class action category). Tony has also been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer each of the past four years after appearing on that publication’s “Rising Star” list for the prior three years.

While in private practice, Tony received several awards for his pro bono efforts, and served as the co-chair of the Pro Bono Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee for five years where he worked to facilitate attorney pro bono participation in the federal circuit courts of appeal.

Tony graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2002, and received his undergraduate degree in political science from Arizona State University in 1999. He is admitted to practice law in Minnesota and Illinois, and is based in Chicago.

Tony is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending free time with his significant other, Kirsten, and their rescue (and agility superstar) beagle-mix Watson. They are currently on the lookout for a rescue dog buddy for Watson.

Alene Anello is a litigation fellow working on lawsuits that aim to protect animals. Before joining the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Alene worked as a clerk for a judge in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and as a PETA Special Projects Coordinator, awarding people and businesses who took compassionate actions toward animals. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Alene served as President of the Harvard Law School SALDF chapter, which won a SALDF of the Year Award in 2015. When she’s not working, Alene likes to spend time with friends and her musically talented cockatiel birds, Conrad and Zeke, who inspire her to make the world a better place for animals every day.


As a staff attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund Amanda Howell uses her background in strategic impact litigation to help us win big for animals.   Prior to joining us, Amanda’s career was focused on improving the food system and curbing the harmful practices of multinational corporations. She is dedicated to using her skills to combat iniquity and believes that changing how we view and treat animals will simultaneously improve life for all sentient beings and positively impact individual health, public health, and our environment.

Amanda graduated from Northwestern University with a triple major in Political Science, International Studies, and Spanish. She received her law degree from Boston University, where she was the managing editor for the American Journal of Law and Medicine. She now lives in Cotati with her 10-year-old rescued mutt Jessie—a street dog turned spoiled dame. When she’s not fighting against animal cruelty and abuse, Amanda enjoys reading, running, playing Celtic fiddle, and traveling.

Chris Berry works on a broad range of animal issues including puppy mills, factory farms, and consumer rights. He helps formulate creative legal theories to help animals and challenges government agencies that are not following the law as in Legal Rights and Duties in Lost Pet Disputes. Chris also works hard to fight abuse on factory farms and protect consumers who want to make humane choices. For example, Chris served on the Cal-Cruz Hatcheries case, applying the animal cruelty code to a chicken hatchery through a consumer protection law. Chris also worked on Glover v. Mahrt, a class-action lawsuit alleging that egg packaging depicting outdoor hens mislead consumers who wanted to buy more humanely produced eggs.

Chris graduated with honors in 2008 from the University of South Dakota, where he majored in political science and minored in psychology. While there, he focused his attention on animal issues and wrote an honors thesis arguing that invasive medical testing on animals violates fundamental bioethics principles. Chris attended law school at the University of Michigan while maintaining his interest in animal rights with a focus on litigation. Chris was involved in student advocacy in Ann Arbor and acquired experiences interning at the public defender’s office in the child abuse and neglect docket, participating in the environmental law clinic, and serving as a law clerk for the Humane Society of the United States, where he worked on the farmed animal litigation team. Chris cares for two sweet lab mixes and watches out for his roommate’s goofy Rottweiler.

Cristina Stella is a staff attorney with the Animal Legal Defense Fund. She has a particular focus on stopping the systemic abuse of farm animals in industrial agriculture. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Cristina managed a nonprofit partnership between farmers with low incomes and communities with poor access to fresh produce, which introduced her to the many ways the law allows and even encourages unsustainable, exploitive practices throughout the food system. This work sparked her passion for protecting animals, farmers, consumers, and the environment from the harmful effects of industrial agriculture, which has been the focus of her career ever since. Before joining the Animal Legal Defense Fund, she spent five years as an attorney at Center for Food Safety in San Francisco working to improve federal oversight of U.S. food production. After graduating cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, Cristina clerked for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. When she’s not working, Cristina enjoys spending time outdoors with Louie, her toothless, hairless, and adorably grumpy rescue dog.

Kelsey Eberly assists ALDF with its cases and projects. She graduated from UCLA Law School in May 2014, where she focused on animal, environmental, and administrative law. While attending law school, Kelsey was the chair of the UCLA Animal Law Society—that school’s student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter (SALDF). She was also a writing advisor to first year law students in UCLA’s Lawyering Skills clinical program. Prior to this, she earned a graduate certificate in Animal Policy and Advocacy from Humane Society University. In 2006, she received a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Middlebury College, with a double major in English and Spanish.

Kelsey is a former clerk for ALDF and before that served as a legal intern with Compassion Over Killing. She has concentrated her academic study on the abuse of factory farmed animals and is interested in the international trade of exotic animals, the free speech rights of animal advocates, and the humane management of urban wildlife. Kelsey enjoys running, vegan cooking, fostering kittens, and observing beautiful underwater creatures while scuba diving.


Justin Marceau is of counsel for the litigation program and works on a variety of civil cases, specializing in constitutional matters. In addition to litigating cases with ALDF, Justin is a tenured law professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Before joining ALDF, Justin clerked for Sidney R. Thomas of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, worked as an associate at a large law firm in San Francisco, and served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender.

Justin graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 2004 and from Boston College in 2000.

His research interests include habeas corpus, the death penalty, criminal procedure, criminal law, constitutional law, and animal law.

Sarah Hanneken is a Litigation Fellow for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. She’s based in our Portland, Oregon office and works to develop creative legal strategies to advance the animal liberation movement.

Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics with a minor in Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She received her law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where she was an active member in the school’s SALDF chapter. Sarah served as president of the chapter during her last two years in law school.

She joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund in 2014 as a clerk in the Litigation Program and has been an important member of the team ever since. Through her work, Sarah hopes to shift people’s perception of the other species with whom we share our homes, neighborhoods and planet.

Sarah is a member of the National Lawyers Guild and volunteers her free time to support activists’ rights. When she’s not working to improve the world through the legal system, she enjoys sewing, hiking, yoga and spending time with her rescue dog Lily.

As our food law fellow, Tyler Lobdell’s work is focused solely on opportunities to improve the welfare of animals used for the production of food products, increase transparency in the food industry, and ensure that consumers have access to cruelty-free and plant-based alternatives. Tyler graduated with honors from Lewis and Clark Law School with certificates in Animal Law and Environmental and Natural Resources. He earned the Pro Bono Honors Award all three years of law school. He also served on the Animal Law Review board as editor in chief. Outside of the office, Tyler can be found hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, or bike riding as an opportunity to connect with the natural resources he fights to protect. Tyler works from the Animal Legal Defense Fund headquarters in Cotati, California where he shares his office with Moco, a 3-year-old mutt rescued from the euthanasia list.



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