Anthony Eliseuson

Senior Staff Attorney

Tony is a nationally recognized attorney who joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund after a 15-year career as a partner with a leading global law firm. 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 was also selected to the Illinois Super Lawyer list each year from 2014 to 2017 after having been previously selected to the “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 Illinois.

Tony is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending free time with his rescue buddy Darwin, a black lab who likes to think he is still a puppy.