Board of Directors

Ms. Desai practices with the law firm of Coppersmith Schermer & 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 in 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. 

Robert Bartels, Secretary

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.

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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Stacy Gabriel, President-Elect

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® (2010, 2011, 2012).

 

Daniel J. Adelman

Danny is a founding partner of Adelman German, PLC.  Danny has focused his practice on medical malpractice and other catastrophic personal injury litigation for most of the past 20 years. He graduated from the University of Arizona and  the Arizona State University College of Law, where he also served as Editor-in-Chief of the ASU Law Journal.  He has served on the ACLPI Board of Directors for over 15 years, and is a past president of the Board.

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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.  

 

Mike Brown practiced law in Tucson for 22 years, specializing in trials and appeals;  He has argued appeals in both Div I and II of the Arizona Court of Appeals, the New Mexico Court of Appeals, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  He was appointed to the Superior Court in 1980 and served as Presiding Civil Judge, Associate Presiding Judge and the Presiding Judge of that Court.  Mike retired in 2000 and has been on the Center's Board since 2008. 

Garry Bryant is a graduate of Purdue University and University of Toledo law school. He worked in legal services representing migrant farmworkers. In private practice he worked in the field of plaintiff's personal injury focusing on insurance bad faith, F.E.L.A. and products liability. He was president of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and is listed in the Best Lawyers In America. He is currently retired.

Bryn K. DeFusco

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 ScoutsParents of Murdered ChildrenArizona Special Olympics The Solel Preschool and 4Mati Foundation.  

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Stanley G. Feldman

Stanley is of counsel to the firm of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.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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Andy Gaona is an attorney with Coppersmith Brockelman.  He practices Commercial Litigation practice, focusing on business litigation, white collar and investigations, and election and constitutional law.  He has assisted clients in various criminal and civil forfeiture matters, as well as white collar criminal investigations, including False Claims Act violations.  He has experience in election law at both the state and federal level.  Andy's practice also includes assisting in the representation of clients involved in state and federal constitutional disputes and other appellate matters, including the preparation of briefs before the Arizona Supreme Court, Arizona Court of Appeals, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Andy joined the Center’s Board in 2014.  

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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Joel Nomkin

Joel is Office Managing Partner of Perkins Coie Brown & Bain, 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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David J. Ouimette

David is a member of the Phoenix law firm Mariscal Weeks McIntyre & Friedlander, where he has a commercial litigation practice. David has been practicing law in Arizona since 1980, after graduating from Stanford Law School in 1979 and teaching for a year at the University of Oregon Law School, in Eugene. He is also a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Claremont Graduate School.  Prior to joining the ACLPI Board in 1999,  David served for seven years on the Board of Community Legal Services, and as its Chair in 1996. David’s wife of 35 years, Diane Mote, is a Phoenix native. Her father, Ted Mote, was the first executive director of the fledgling Arizona chapter of the ACLU.

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