We have deep knowledge relating to the full range of gun safety issues, from background checks, public carry and gun trafficking to guns on campus and firearms preemption laws. We also have significant experience representing and working with survivors of gun violence in lawsuits against the gun industry and gun dealers and with local and state governments facing Second Amendment and preemption challenges to gun safety laws. Everytown’s work to advance gun safety in the courts reaches all across the country, including California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, Wisconsin and Washington D.C.

Everytown Law Attorney Bios

Eric Tirschwell  
Managing Director, Litigation and National Enforcement Policy

Eric brings over 25 years of litigation and trial experience to his work overseeing Everytown Law’s docket, which includes a wide range of gun safety and Second Amendment litigation around the country. Working with national and local law firms, city attorneys, and attorneys general, Eric and the Everytown Law team represent survivors, local governments, and others involved in gun violence prevention litigation, including cases against the gun industry, challenges to gun laws under the First and Second Amendments, and state firearms preemption law disputes. Eric’s prior litigation experience includes handling scores of criminal cases as a federal prosecutor (including gun crimes, stock fraud, and international drug trafficking) and litigating complex civil, criminal, and constitutional matters for over a decade as a litigation partner at the Kramer Levin law firm in New York.

Eric has published on a range of topics from the Second Amendment to criminal justice reform, including co-authoring a textbook, law review articles and op/eds. He served as national Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s Practitioners Advisory Group, on the Federal Bar Council’s Public Service Committee, on the board of The Fund for Modern Courts, and as a member of the Citizens Crime Commission’s Lawyers Council. Eric is a recipient of the Department of Justice Director’s Award, the New York Law Journal’s Lawyers Who Lead by Example Award, and Her Justice’s Commitment to Justice Award. He taught as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and as a visiting lecturer at NYU Law School. He is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and Amherst College and served as a law clerk to United States District Judge David Kenyon in Los Angeles.

Alla Lefkowitz  
Director, Affirmative Litigation

Alla has significant experience representing victims of gun violence against gun dealers, distributors and manufacturers. She has represented litigants against the gun industry throughout the country, including in Florida, Kansas, Missouri, New York, Oregon and Wisconsin, and at every stage of the litigation process, including investigation, briefing, trial, appeal, and settlement. Her work led to a $2.2 million settlement — the largest public settlement since the passage of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act — with a gun store that sold a firearm to a woman despite receiving a warning that she was severely mentally ill. She specializes in civil litigation involving state and federal gun industry immunity and secrecy laws, as well as dangerous gun lobby laws that trample on individuals’ rights. Her cases have been profiled in publications such as the Washington Post, USA Today, and the Kansas City Star.

Prior to joining Everytown, Alla was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. She began her career as a Litigation Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP in New York. She is a graduate of Duke Law School and Claremont McKenna College.

Len Kamdang  
Director, Litigation Strategy and Trials

Len Kamdang joined Everytown as Director, Litigation Strategy and Trials in January 2020. Having completed over thirty jury trials, Len has been recognized as a creative litigator and a formidable trial attorney. For over eleven years, he served as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Eastern District of New York where he litigated a variety of cases including federal firearms offenses, organized crime, and national security cases. Prior to that, he worked as an Assistant Public Defender at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Most recently, Len worked as a Senior Associate at the Civil Rights firm Neufeld Scheck & Brustin LLP where he litigated complex Civil Rights cases all over the country. He has taught courses in Trial Advocacy and Legal Ethics at CUNY Law School and has lectured about trial skills at other law schools including New York University Law School, Columbia Law School, Georgetown University Law School. Len clerked for the Honorable Lois Bloom in the Eastern District of New York and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University.

Mark Anthony Frassetto  
Senior Counsel and Deputy Director, Second Amendment History and Scholarship

Mark manages Everytown’s Second Amendment litigation amicus program. He has drafted amicus briefs defending gun safety laws in courts across the country, including: the United States Supreme Court, the First, Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits, United States District Courts in: the District of Massachusetts, Northern District of New York, District of Columbia, Northern District of Georgia, Western District of Michigan, Central District of California and Eastern District of California, the Wisconsin Intermediate Court of Appeals and the Florida Supreme Court.

Mark’s scholarship focuses on this history of firearms regulation in the United States and Great Britain. His work forms the basis of the originalist defense of most firearms laws and has been widely cited.

Prior to joining Everytown, Mark was a fellow in the New York County District Attorney’s Office in the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau where he investigated and prosecuted credit card and check fraud, stalking, computer hacking and theft. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

William Taylor  
Deputy Director, Second Amendment Litigation

William joined Everytown as a Senior Counsel focusing on Second Amendment litigation in March 2018, and he currently serves as Deputy Director, Second Amendment Litigation. Before then, he served, for more than five years, as an Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Bureau at the New York Attorney General’s Office, where he represented the state and its agencies and officers in a wide variety of civil actions, with a particular focus on Second Amendment litigation.

Bill was lead counsel in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Cuomo, in which the district court upheld New York’s restrictions on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines against a Second Amendment challenge, a decision later affirmed on appeal. In recognition of his work in defense of the State of New York on gun litigation, William received the 2016 Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award for outstanding performance as an Assistant Attorney General.

William previously worked for over a decade as a litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York City, where he had a broad general litigation practice, across a variety of civil matters, at both trial and appellate levels. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. William received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was Editor and Book Review Chair of the Harvard Law Review.

Justin Wagner  
Senior Investigations Counsel

Justin joined Everytown as Senior Investigations Counsel in January 2019. In this role, Justin leads investigatory and legal examinations and develops litigation strategy.

Prior to joining Everytown, Justin served as an Assistant Attorney General at the New York Attorney General’s Office, where he led white collar investigations relating to allegations of fraud against the State Government. Justin’s work at the Attorney General’s Office often involved working with whistleblowers, coordinating with State and Federal partners, and enforcing the State’s False Claims Act. Among other matters, Justin led an investigation into procurement and contracting fraud at JFK Airport, an investigation into tax fraud at a hedge fund, and an investigation into the theft of customer balances at a home heating oil company. These investigations, along with others, resulted in over $110 million in civil recoveries and penalties. In both 2016 and 2017, Justin was awarded the Attorney General’s Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award for outstanding performance.

Justin began his career as a Litigation Associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York, where he focused his practice on complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, and regulatory inquiries. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and received his BA from Georgetown University.

Molly Thomas-Jensen  
Senior Counsel, Affirmative Litigation

Molly represents survivors and victims of gun violence in litigation. She also defends common sense gun regulations by representing municipalities whose laws are being challenged by the gun lobby.

Prior to joining Everytown, Molly was Counsel to Letitia James, Public Advocate for the City of New York, where she brought litigation to protect the civil rights of New Yorkers and to provide oversight of city government. She has also worked for Change to Win, a federation of labor unions, and South Brooklyn Legal Services (now Brooklyn Legal Services), where she represented low-wage workers in litigation against their employers. Molly also clerked for the Honorable Robert P. Patterson Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Daniel Winfree of the Alaska Supreme Court. She graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and Brown University.

James Miller  
Counsel

James (“Jed”) Miller is an experienced litigator with more than eight years of practice focusing on complex civil and criminal cases and investigations. He has brought and defended cases in state and federal courts nationwide, including in New York, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Texas, and Virginia. Jed has also represented clients in a diverse range of pro bono matters, ranging from civil rights claims against government wrongdoers, to defending federal criminal charges, to human rights complaints before the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights. Jed brings a client-centered, detail-oriented approach to all phases of litigation, from complaint through discovery, motion practice, trial, and appeal.

Prior to joining Everytown, Jed worked as Counsel at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in New York. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law.

Aaron Esty  
Counsel

Aaron has a mixed litigation and policy role at Everytown. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, Aaron worked on international human rights litigation in federal courts. He wrote motions and briefs in several cases, including a suit against a tire manufacturer for exploiting child labor at a Liberian rubber farm and a suit on behalf of Ecuadorian plaintiffs injured by the errant aerial spraying of an herbicide during a U.S.-Colombian coca eradication program. Aaron has represented immigration and asylum clients in removal proceedings and volunteered with the prosecution team at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Prior to joining Everytown, Aaron served as Legal Counsel to the Senate of the Olbiil Era Kelulau, the national congress of the Republic of Palau.

Nigar Shaikh  
Counsel

Nigar joined Everytown as Counsel in June 2019. Prior to joining Everytown, she was a Senior Complex Commercial Litigation Associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where she litigated a broad array of complex civil, criminal, and constitutional matters across the country at the trial and appellate levels. During this time, Nigar maintained an extensive pro bono practice advocating for civil rights, fair housing, and criminal justice, both at the firm and during her secondment at Brooklyn Legal Services. Before Weil, Nigar worked at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law; Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP; the ACLU of Northern California; the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division; Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Law and Society; the National Employment Law Project; and the White House’s Domestic Policy Council.

Nigar is a graduate of Berkeley Law School, where she served as president of the law school’s student government organization. Nigar received BAs in Human Biology and Political Science, as well as honors in International Security Studies, from Stanford University.

Mark Weiner  
Counsel

Mark Weiner has a broad array of litigation experience, having practiced both criminal and civil law. Prior to joining Everytown, Mark was a Senior Litigation Associate at Pryor Cashman LLP, where he focused on complex commercial litigation, investigations, and white-collar criminal work. Mark brought and defended cases in federal courts throughout the country and practiced in both district and appellate courts. Previously, Mark worked as a Trial Attorney at the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York, where he defended the rights of indigent defendants and secured multiple acquittals after trial. Mark clerked for the Honorable Susan Y. Illston in the Northern District of California, and graduated from New York University School of Law, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif. He received his B.A. from Columbia University. Prior to law school, Mark founded and was the Executive Director of Emergency Communities, a non-profit focused on community-based disaster relief in the New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina.

Krystan Hitchcock  
Litigation Fellow

Prior to joining Everytown, Krystan represented the New York Administration for Children’s Services in Bronx Family Court for three years. Previously, she served as an Excelsior Fellow for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services for two years. Krystan is a graduate of NYU School of Law. While in law school, Krystan served as an Executive Editor of the Review of Law & Social Change and as a supervisor in the NYU Mediation Clinic.

Ryan Gerber   
Litigation Fellow

Before joining Everytown, Ryan served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and was a Litigation Associate at the law firm Jenner & Block in New York. Ryan graduated with honors from NYU School of Law. In law School, Ryan interned for the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and served as a notes editor on the NYU Annual Survey of American Law. Prior to law school, Ryan worked as a paralegal at the New York Legal Assistance Group.

Carolyn Shanahan  
Litigation Fellow

Prior to joining Everytown, Carolyn was a Litigation Associate at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. Carolyn graduated from Columbia Law School, where she served as an articles editor for the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. While in law school, Carolyn interned for The Bronx Defenders and for the Honorable Carol Bagley Amon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Lisa Ebersole  
Second Amendment Fellow

Before joining Everytown, Lisa was a Litigation Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and clerked for the Honorable Rowan D. Wilson of the New York State Court of Appeals. Lisa graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where she served as a Senior Article Editor for the Harvard Law & Policy Review. While in law school, she interned for the the A.C.L.U. Criminal Law Reform Project, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, and the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Project.

 

Ellie Arbeit  
Lead Researcher and Investigator

Ellie graduated with her Master’s degree in Public Health from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a concentration in Global Health Management and Policy. As a research assistant for the department chair, Ellie worked on a family planning study in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During her tenure in New Orleans, Ellie founded a gun violence prevention program for students living in the city and served as the chapter leader of Moms Demand Action. Most recently, Ellie was the gun safety legislative assistant for Congressman Thomas Suozzi.

 

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