Eric Tirschwell
Director, Litigation and National Enforcement Policy

Eric has over 25 years of experience working on litigation and trials – including handling scores of criminal cases as a federal prosecutor 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. Since joining Everytown, Eric has worked on a wide range of gun safety and Second Amendment issues around the country, from background checks and guns on campus to firearms relinquishment and public carry. Eric’s prior litigation experience includes prosecuting gun crimes, stock fraudsters and international drug traffickers, representing survivors of domestic violence, suing the United States government for unlawfully seizing the most valuable coin in the world (the 1933 Double Eagle), and representing the League of Women Voters in a successful First Amendment challenge striking down a restrictive Florida voter registration law.

Eric has published on a range of topics from the Second Amendment to criminal justice reform, including co-authoring a textbook, law review pieces, 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. Eric is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and Amherst College and served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge David Kenyon in Los Angeles.


Nicholas Suplina
Director, Criminal Justice Policy and Enforcement

Nick brings over 15 years of legal and policy experience in the public and private sectors to the role of Director of Criminal Justice Policy and Enforcement.

Directly prior to joining Everytown, he served as Senior Advisor and Special Counsel to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, where he formulated legal strategies in the areas of criminal justice, public safety, technology, and government integrity. In this role, Nick developed a deep understanding of the complexities and opportunities for governments trying to combat gun violence. He was the lead author of the landmark report, Target on Trafficking, and created a crime gun tracing database to combat interstate gun trafficking. He led the Attorney General’s effort to curb advertisements for illegal gun sales on Facebook and Instagram, was cross-designated special deputy attorney general by the New York Organized Crime Task Force for his work on combating untraceable “ghost guns,” and coordinated the multistate AG effort to oppose federally mandated concealed carry reciprocity.

Nick has handled both sides of complex criminal and civil cases as an assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the New York Attorney General’s Office and as a litigation attorney at the law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler. Prior to beginning private practice, Nick clerked for the Honorable Richard Conway Casey in the District Court for the Southern District of New York. He graduated with high honors from the George Washington University Law School and received his BA from Wesleyan University.


Alla Lefkowitz
Deputy 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.


Mark Anthony Frassetto
Senior Counsel, Second Amendment Litigation

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

Senior Appellate Counsel, Second Amendment Litigation

William joined Everytown as a Senior Counsel focusing on Second Amendment litigation in March 2018. 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.


Molly Thomas-Jensen

Counsel, Affirmative Litigation

Molly has used litigation and other tools to advocate for a more just, safe, and fair society. 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, Affirmative Litigation

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.


Rachel J. Nash
Legal Consultant

A former federal prosecutor, Rachel has investigated and prosecuted complex RICO matters involving traditional and emerging organized criminal enterprises. Before joining Everytown, she served as associate general counsel and chief of compliance for the City University of New York, where she worked closely with CUNY’s Public Safety Department to develop and implement policies and procedures to protect campus safety. At Everytown, Rachel works primarily on criminal justice policy and enforcement issues, researching and developing gun violence reduction strategies. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and clerked for the federal district court in the district of New Jersey.


Megan Walsh
Litigation Consultant

Before joining Everytown, Megan honed her litigation skills as a partner at Greene Espel PLLP in Minneapolis and an associate at Sidley Austin LLP, where she represented individual, corporate, and municipal clients in complex civil litigation. A graduate of Duke University School of Law, Megan served as a law clerk for Judge Diana Murphy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Megan is also a volunteer on the leadership team of the Minnesota Chapter of Moms Demand Action, and she presents regularly on gun safety, preventing the unintentional deaths of children and teens, and policy, legal, and legislative developments related to gun violence prevention.


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.



Joam Alisme
Legal Fellow

Prior to joining Everytown, Joam served as a Law Clerk to New York State Commercial Division Justice Sylvia G. Ash for three years. Previously, he interned for the Federal Defenders of New York, the Criminal Justice Coordinator under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Joam is a graduate of New York Law School. While in law school, Joam served as president of the Black Law Students Association and a member of the Moot Court Association and is admitted to practice law in New York.