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Our Board of Directors

D. Andrew (Andy) Gaona, President

Andy Gaona is an attorney with Coppersmith Brockelman. He is a commercial litigator and election lawyer, and maintains an active pro bono practice. Andy joined the Center’s Board in 2014.

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Bryn K. DeFusco, President-Elect

Bryn is a founding and managing attorney of DeFusco Law, P.L.C., representing accident victims, wrongful death survivors, crime victims, and victims of unreasonable conduct by insurance companies. Bryn was a trial attorney with the Office of Public Advocate for nine years before starting with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in 2012. In 2006, she was nominated for the Arizona Public Defender Association’s Rising Star Award and recognized by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for her outstanding contributions to the Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Teen Court Programs. Bryn sits on the Board of Directors of the New Life Center Domestic Violence Shelter and Sequoya Elementary Association of Parents and Teachers. Her past and present volunteer organizations include: Treasure House, Girl Scouts, Parents of Murdered Children, Arizona Special Olympics, The Solel Preschool, and 4Mati Foundation.

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Adriane Hofmeyr, Secretary

Adriane Hofmeyr is a litigator, with a particular focus on challenging administrative (government) conduct and representing clients at administrative hearings. She has presented appeals to the Arizona Supreme Court, Arizona Court of Appeals, and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is also a Professor of Practice at the James E. Rogers College of Law, where she has taught a class “Practicalities of Suing the Government.” She is licensed in Arizona, California, Colorado, and South Africa. Adriane is originally from South Africa, where she practiced law before the end of apartheid and after South Africa’s miraculous transformation to a fully-fledged constitutional democracy (she was in-house counsel at the Cape Town City Council at the time). This has given her an acute appreciation for the power of the legal system to prevent and overturn government abuses of power.


Beverly Damore, Treasurer


Robert Bartels

Bob Bartels is a Stanford Law School graduate who has been a professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University since 1982. He has litigated several hundred civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts in Michigan, California, Iowa, and Arizona. Since he returned to the College of Law in 1996, following a two-year stint as an Assistant United States Attorney, he has spent much of his time handling cases for the Arizona Justice Project. He has been a member of the Center’s Board of Directors for many years.


Dr. Irene Márquez Biggs

Irene is a retired Pediatric Hospitalist interested in child advocacy, education and community development. She is married to a physician – Christopher Biggs, MD, PhD, radiation oncologist. Irene joined the Center’s Board of Directors in early 2017.


Jenna LaPrade Bouchard

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Peter Davis

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Roopali Hardin Desai

Ms. Desai practices with Coppersmith Brockelman in Phoenix, Arizona. Her practice focuses in the areas of election and political law, and commercial litigation. Ms. Desai has represented political parties, candidates, local governments, political committees, professional associations, and non-profit organizations dealing with the election and constitutional challenges in state and federal court. She has also represented national health care systems, hospitals, and physician practices in commercial disputes, as well as in investigations of fraud and abuse. Ms. Desai has served on the ACLPI Board since 2008.

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Herb Ely

Herb Ely graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1957 and came to Arizona, where he was admitted to the bar in 1958. Upon arriving in Phoenix, Herb committed himself to doing pro bono work on behalf of the civil rights movement. He chaired the Phoenix Council for Civic Unity, became legal counsel to the local NAACP chapter, and drafted Arizona’s civil rights laws.

In 1974, Herb co-founded the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest along with Bruce Meyerson and Ralph Nader. For this and other pro bono service activities, Herb received one of the first Pro Bono Publico Awards from the American Bar Association in 1984. Herb was also honored with ASU’s Martin Luther King Servant-Leadership Award in 2011 and the American Jewish Committee’s Judge Learned Hand Community Service Award in 2009.

Herb became certified as a specialist in personal injury law after first practicing criminal defense. He has handled many civil rights and constitutional law cases before courts at all levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Herb has also been active in politics. He has chaired the Arizona Democratic Party, managed campaigns for the Phoenix City Council and mayor based upon the City’s intransigence on civil rights, and chaired the City of Phoenix’s 25-year strategic plan known as the Futures Forum.

Herb’s main hobby is jazz music. He is a former jazz disc jockey and founder of the Nash, a renowned Phoenix jazz venue.

After a lifetime of service, Herb considers his biggest accomplishment to be his 40-year marriage to Lorene, a former teacher who has won awards such as Best High School Teacher in America.

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Stanley G. Feldman

Stanley is of counsel to the firm of Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.C. His practice involves serious personal injury cases as well as insurance coverage and bad-faith litigation. He also serves as a mediator and arbitrator in cases involving diverse areas of the law. Mr. Feldman served on the Arizona Supreme Court from January 1982 through December 2002, including a five-year term as Chief Justice (1992-1996), and authored hundreds of opinions dealing with all aspects of law. In addition to the ACLPI board, Mr. Feldman is on the board of the Arizona Association for Justice (formerly Arizona Trial Lawyers Association) and United Policyholders.

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Lindsay Fiore

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Stacy Gabriel

Stacy, a graduate of NYU Law School and Emory University, has been practicing employment law since 1993. Her practice is devoted primarily to counseling management/employers on employment law issues and defending employment-related claims. Stacy is a Founding Partner of Gabriel & Ashworth, P.L.L.C. Prior to 2001, she worked at Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P. Stacy has been recognized as a top Labor & Employment Lawyer in Southwest Super Lawyers® since 2010.

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Joy Herr-Cardillo

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Eugene M. Kadish

Gene has represented clients in real estate, business, and related matters for over 30 years in Arizona. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Chicago and received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Gene has served on many non-profit boards, including Arizona Civil Liberties Union and Recovery Innovations of Arizona, Inc. He currently serves as a member of the University of Chicago Schools Committee and on the Centennial Theatre Foundation Board of Directors. He has been an ACLPI board member since 2007.

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Stan Lubin

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Patrick W. Mause

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Hon. Bruce Meyerson (Ret.)

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Joel Nomkin

Joel is a partner with Perkins Coie, and has practiced in the areas of appellate and complex commercial litigation since joining the firm in 1987. Joel has served as Chair of Perkins Coie’s national Appellate Practice Group and has briefed and argued appeals throughout the federal appellate system and in Arizona appellate courts. Before joining Perkins Coie, Joel was a member of the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice and a trial attorney in the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. Joel attended Georgetown University Law Center and served as a law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for the Hon. R. Lanier Anderson, III.

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Tiffani Lucero Pastor

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Bruce Samuels

Bruce is a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber, where he handles disputes involving trade secrets, trademarks, unfair competition, and other business litigation. Bruce graduated from Occidental College and NYU School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Review of Law and Social Change. He interned with ACLPI as a law student in 1993, and has been a member of ACLPI’s board for 16 years.

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Joshua S. Sellers

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Tanveer A. Shah

Tanveer Shah is the founding member of the Viper Law Group and specializes in personal injury and bad faith claims.

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Lee Stein

Lee is an attorney with Mitchell Stein Carey Chapman. He previously was an Assistant United States Attorney and Special Assistant Arizona Attorney General. Lee is a past president of the Center Board.

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Geoffrey Sturr

Geoffrey Sturr is a member of Osborn Maledon, P.A. in Phoenix. His practice primarily involves commercial litigation, professional liability defense, and internal corporate and governmental investigations. A graduate of Haverford College and the UCLA School of Law, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, before entering private practice.

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