For more than two decades, the Law Center has worked to reduce the toll that gun violence has on the United States. In that time, our dedicated, dynamic staff has become the nation’s premier resource on firearms policy, educating legislators and the public on the smart gun laws that save lives.

 

Robyn Thomas

Executive Director

Robyn Thomas
Robyn Thomas joined the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence as executive director in 2006. Under her leadership, the Law Center has experienced a dramatic expansion, widening its operations at the federal, state, and local levels, growing its staff and budget, and greatly increasing its influence. This growth culminated in the Law Center’s 2016 merger with Americans for Responsible Solutions.

Robyn oversees the development of the Law Center’s policy priorities and frequently testifies as an expert witness on gun laws. An attorney herself, Robyn supervises the legal team’s tracking and analysis of Second Amendment litigation nationwide. Additionally, she manages the Law Center’s partnerships with other organizations, authors op-eds, and serves as a media spokesperson for the organization.

Prior to her work with the Law Center, Robyn served as the executive director of the Tikkun Community and Tikkun Magazine. Before entering the nonprofit space, Robyn practiced law at Lord Bissell & Brook and Milberg Weiss Bershad & Shulman in New York. She is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Miami School of Law.

Allison Anderman

Managing Attorney

Allison Anderman

Allison Anderman became the Law Center’s managing attorney in April 2017, after joining the organization as a staff attorney in January 2014. One of her primary focuses is partnering with cities and counties around the country to improve local gun laws.

A leading expert on firearms policy and legislation, Allison frequently speaks at conferences and events around the country and has analyzed and debated gun laws on CNN, HuffPost Live, and other news programs. Allison’s radio appearances include national NPR, KQED in San Francisco, KCRW in Los Angeles, and many other regional stations. She has been quoted extensively in the press, including by the New York TimesLos Angeles Times, Newsweek, the Guardian, and many others.

Prior to joining the Law Center, Allison defended low-income individuals sued by debt collectors at two San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit organizations. She also practiced employment law at a Marin County firm. Allison served as an extern to Northern District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel and as a research attorney to Alameda Superior Court Judge Gail Brewster Bereola.

Allison attended the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was a member of the USF Law Review. She holds a BA, awarded with distinction, from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, where she graduated cum laude with research honors.

Laura Cutilletta

Legal Director

Laura Cutilletta

Laura Cutilletta joined the Law Center in May 2003, serving as staff attorney, senior staff attorney, managing attorney, and is now the organization’s legal director. She is a prominent expert on gun laws and policy nationwide, and, in 2009, established programs to track, analyze, and report on firearms legislation and trends in all 50 states. This project has made the organization the primary resource on state gun laws for media, activists, lawmakers, and the public. Laura has worked for more than a decade with activists across the country and legislators at all levels of government, providing legal expertise and advice on legislative solutions to gun violence.

Laura is frequently invited to speak at conferences around the country and has been quoted in major publications such as the Economist, the New York Times, Rolling StoneNewsweek, and the Atlantic.

Previously Laura served as the legal services manager at STAND! Against Domestic Violence and staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. She has been admitted to the bar in both California and Illinois, and earned her JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Natalie Fall

Development Director

Natalie Fall
Natalie Fall is the Law Center’s development director and joined the staff in June 2014. Natalie oversees fundraising for the organization, supervises the planning of the Anniversary Dinner, and supports the board of directors.

Prior to working at the Law Center, Natalie assisted with event management at United Way and with client services at the YWCA. A graduate of the University of Utah, she has a background in consumer and social welfare policy. She moved from Salt Lake City to San Francisco in 2014.

To learn more about how you can support the Law Center’s work, contact Natalie at [email protected].

Ari Freilich

Staff Attorney

Ari Freilich
Ari Freilich is a staff attorney and joined the Law Center in April 2015. Ari focuses on drafting and advocating for legislation to strengthen California’s gun safety laws, and he has worked extensively on developing and promoting California’s 2016 Safety for All ballot initiative. Ari also works closely with legislators and activists across the country to draft and pass stronger gun laws at the state and federal level, and to provide research support and analysis in support of these efforts.

Prior to joining the Law Center, Ari was an AMVETS Veterans’ Advocacy Legal Fellow, where he focused on litigation and policy work surrounding military mental health and suicide policy. Ari earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his JD from Stanford Law School.

Ellen French

Chief Operating Officer

Ellen French
Ellen French is the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s chief operating officer. She joined the Law Center in May 2006 and brings over 25 years of finance, human resource, and administrative experience to her role.

Previously, Ellen provided financial services in both a staffing and consulting capacity to nonprofit organizations in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sacramento, and the East Bay. She has also served as a national fiscal reviewer for Head Start. Ellen serves on several San Francisco nonprofit boards and holds a masters degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco.

Lauren Greenberg

Development Assistant

Lauren Greenberg

Lauren Greenberg joined the Law Center in 2016 as the organization’s Development Assistant. Lauren supports fundraising and gift management, coordinates the Anniversary Dinner, and manages the Law Center’s data systems.

Prior to joining the Law Center, Lauren assisted the marketing and development teams at Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay. She previously spent nearly a decade as an educator and mentor, developing programs and generating resources for public high school students. Lauren graduated from UC Santa Cruz cum laude with a BA in community studies, where she focused on the intersection of public health with drug policy, the criminalization of youth of color, and the prison industrial complex.

Garrett McDonough

Director of Marketing & Communications

Garrett McDonough

Marie McIntosh

Editorial Manager

Marie McIntosh
Marie McIntosh is the editorial manager and joined the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in February 2015. She produces and manages editorial content for the Law Center’s website, as well as the organization’s social media presence.

Before working at the Law Center, Marie was a journalist at the Center for Investigative Reporting and previously worked in textbook publishing. She moved from Boston to San Francisco in 2009.

Reach out via Twitter @smartgunlaws.

Mike McLively

Staff Attorney


Mike McLively joined the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in 2013 as a staff attorney, after working for several years on pro bono projects for the Law Center’s legal team. Mike tracks court cases related to smart gun laws and writes amicus briefs in critical Second Amendment cases nationwide. He also leads our initiative to combat urban gun violence, Healing Communities in Crisis, by building strategic partnerships with community leaders. You can follow Mike on Twitter @mrmclively.

Prior to joining the Law Center, Mike was an associate at Jones Day, working on civil litigation matters in criminal law, immigration law, insurance coverage, and antitrust. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley,and the University of Virginia School of Law, Mike also has experience volunteering at the Berkeley Police Review Commission.

Lindsay Nichols

Federal Policy Director

Lindsay Nichols
Lindsay Nichols is the organization’s federal policy director and joined the Law Center in June 2006 as a staff attorney and later senior staff attorney. As a leading advocate for gun violence prevention for a decade, Lindsay plays an essential role in drafting many of the major new state laws addressing the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. She provides organizations and advocates with skilled research and comparative analysis regarding state gun laws and legislation across the country. She is also the primary author of the Law Center’s Commonsense Solutions Toolkits, in-depth reports on gun laws in the context of background checks, domestic violence, public health, and unintended shootings of children.

Prior to joining the Law Center, Lindsay was an associate at Severson & Werson, APC, in San Francisco, representing financial institutions, employers, and mortgage lenders in litigation, including class actions. She earned her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, a masters in arts from UCLA, and her JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Brittany Nieto

Office Administrator

Brittany Nieto
Brittany Nieto is the Law Center’s office administrator. She provides comprehensive support to Law Center staff, facilitating the smooth and efficient functioning of administrative and developmental operations.

Before joining the Law Center in 2016, Brittany worked as an administrative and marketing assistant at Sandstrom & Associates. An advocate for underserved communities, Brittany has a background in social justice and grassroots activism. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Politics.

Sejal H. Patel

Of Counsel

Sejal H. Patel
Sejal H. Patel joined the Law Center as Of Counsel in 2017 to work on litigation efforts. She began volunteering for the Law Center in 2003.

Sejal began her career in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in the Attorney General’s Honors Program. She also worked as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and an associate at Pillsbury in San Francisco. She has since run a solo public interest law practice, first in Boston and now in San Francisco, focusing on indigent criminal defense, Title IX adjudication, and dispute resolution. Her cases have been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, and other outlets, and she has written and spoken about her work extensively. She earned her BA from Trinity University, her JD at Northwestern Law School, and her MTS at Harvard Divinity School. She also volunteers at 826 Valencia, is on the board of the Take 5 Foundation, and is a member of the Harvard Divinity School Alumni/Alumnae Council.

Shoshana Schultz

Graphic Designer


Shoshana Schultz is the graphic designer at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Americans for Responsible Solutions, joining the organization’s communications team in August 2016. She designs the Law Center and ARS’s web and print collateral, distilling the legal team’s research into easily accessible materials.

Previously, Shoshana was a graphic designer with Kalamazoo College’s development department from 2010 to 2013. Before joining the Law Center and ARS, she worked in nonprofit design and communications after moving to the Bay Area from Michigan in 2014.

Hannah Shearer

Staff Attorney


Hannah Shearer joined the Law Center as a staff attorney and Second Amendment specialist in June 2016. Hannah tracks and analyzes court cases involving the Second Amendment and manages the Law Center’s amicus brief program, in which our legal experts participate in crucial firearms litigation as “friends of the court.” Hannah also oversees the Law Center’s legislative work in nine states, drafting bills and providing gun policy expertise to legislators and advocates working to enact lifesaving smart gun laws.

Hannah is author of the Law Center’s Post-Heller Litigation Summary, a comprehensive survey of Second Amendment decisions issued by state and federal courts since 2008. She regularly provides information and commentary on the Second Amendment and state firearm laws to media outlets, and has been featured in the Los Angeles TimesUS News & World Report, and VICE, among many other publications. 

Before joining the Law Center, Hannah worked as a litigation associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in San Francisco and as a law clerk to Judge Paul J. Watford of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Hannah received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her JD from Stanford Law School.

Adam Skaggs

Litigation Director

Adam Skaggs
Adam Skaggs joined the Law Center as litigation director in 2016. Before then, he served as senior counsel at Everytown for Gun Safety, where he led the organization’s litigation efforts and advocated for firearm policies designed to reduce gun violence.

Adam previously served as senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, where he worked on issues related to money in politics, judicial independence, and voting rights. He was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City and a law clerk to Judge Stanley Marcus of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Chief Judge Edward Korman of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Adam’s political commentary has been published in the National Law Journal, the New Republic, Politico, the Atlantic, ACSBlog, and the New York Times, among other publications, and he has been widely quoted by media from the Wall Street Journal and Fox News to the New York Times and MSNBC. Adam graduated summa cum laude with a JD from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a member of the Brooklyn Law Review. He received an MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College of the City University of New York, and holds a BA, awarded with distinction, from Swarthmore College.

Christine Smith

Staff Attorney

Christine Smith
Christine Smith joined the Law Center in 2016 as the organization’s pro bono coordinator. In 2017 she became a staff attorney. Christine corresponds with law firms and attorneys who generously volunteer their assistance with legal research and amicus briefs, drafts, assigns, and vets research projects, and acts as a liaison between the Law Center’s legal team and our Pro Bono Partners.

Christine is a former prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer from New York City. She worked for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as both a trial and appellate lawyer, then opened her own practice, representing criminal defendants who could not afford their own attorney.

After relocating to Singapore, Christine worked with the Law Society of Singapore’s Pro Bono Services, coordinating the compilation of a criminal law manual for civil law attorneys offering pro bono assistance to indigent defendants. She also taught Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law. Christine earned her BA at Smith College and her JD at Fordham University School of Law.

Learn more about how to become a Law Center Pro Bono Partner.

Todd Thomas

Paralegal

Todd Thomas
Todd Thomas joined the Law Center in 2017 as a paralegal, though he brings skills and experience as an attorney, having practiced as an employment law litigator for many years in Chicago, IL.

Todd has also published legal articles, trained human resource managers in compliance issues, and participated as an active member on the board of directors of professional organizations. He is a graduate of Northwestern University Law School and licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.

Todd supports the legal team in all areas of gun law improvement, with legal research, legislative analysis, reviews of amicus briefs, and drafting of memos and reports.