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.
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.
Wendy Cromwell conducts legal research, follows up on animal cruelty complaints, interviews witnesses, and, if necessary, hires investigators to support ALDF’s groundbreaking litigation. Wendy also maintains databases and physical files, as well as the team litigation calendar, and prepares FOIA requests and appeals.
With a strong background in criminal investigation–she spent 20 years in law enforcement working as a deputy sheriff, 911- dispatcher, and victim’s advocate–Wendy also holds degrees in criminal justice and paralegal studies. She has volunteered at the Sonoma County Humane Society and is active in Compassionate Living Outreach, North Bay Vegan Events, and the Redwood Association of Paralegals. Wendy was one of the first women to work patrol duties, which helped pave the way for other women in law enforcement. In addition to being a paralegal extraordinaire and a role model for women in criminal justice, Wendy is also a talented vegan baker and a weightlifting champion. She even broke the American and world records for weightlifting in the same age/weight class.
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.
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.
Tony was named a national Law360 Rising Star for 2014, an honor 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.
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.
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.