Jason Stavers, Director

2014.11.24-Stavers-Website-Pic.pngJason Stavers is writer, journalist, and formerly an attorney with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where he practiced in the firm’s Litigation Department. Jason has represented clients before state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. He has most recently been involved in defending a major corporation against a $9 billion fraudulent judgment and has represented a variety of clients in actions related to trademark violations, asbestos, Title VII, personal injury, CERCLA enforcement, and habeas corpus. In addition, Jason serves on the Board of Directors for the Delores Project, which is a shelter and support organization for women experiencing homelessness in Denver. Jason holds a law degree from the University of Virginia where he earned membership in Order of the Coif and won the William Minor Lile Moot Court competition. Jason received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University. Aside from his extensive legal experience, Jason also has worked as a financial analyst, management consultant, and ski instructor. Jason is admitted to practice law in the states of Colorado and California.

Barry Baer, Treasurer

2015.01.12-Barry-Baer-Website-Pic-680x1024.jpgBarry Baer is a full time financial management operator and advisor with extensive experience as a Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of public, private and not for profit entities. With over 40 plus years of experience, he also serves on various boards of companies and not for profits as a volunteer. Barry is the CFO of NeoMedia Technologies, Inc where he provides financial, organizational, and operational advice to CEO and staff and ensures compliance with SEC regulations and guidance. Barry also serves as the CFO at Mind Life Institute, Max Katz Bag Company, and Financial Advisor at Action Marketing Group/12foot6. Barry spent much of his career in the military, where he rose to the rank of Colonel. Barry holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Colorado and is a CPA (inactive-Indiana). He is married with two grown children and five grandchildren.

 Rachel Graves, Director

2015.01.25-Rachel-Website-Pic1-978x1024.jpgRachel Graves is an associate attorney at Sawaya & Miller, where she uses litigation to battle wage theft on behalf of employees. Rachel previously worked at Nassau/Suffolk Law Services in New York, where she represented indigent clients being sued for medical bills and other debt. She also worked on behalf of vulnerable clients at the Legal Aid Society, the Brennan Center for Justice, and MFY Legal Services, all in New York City. Before becoming a lawyer, Rachel worked as a newspaper reporter, writing for organizations including the New York Times, the Houston Chronicle, and the Associated Press. She earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, a master’s degree from Goucher College, and her law degree from the Fordham University School of Law, where she was a Stein Scholar for the Public Interest. Rachel is admitted in New York, New Jersey, Colorado, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Rachel grew up in Colorado.

 Paula Greisen, Director

201411.24-Paula.Greisen-Website-Pic.jpgPaula Greisen is a partner at King & Greisen, LLP, where she represents clients in all aspects of employment discrimination and governmental abuse of power cases. For example, Paula was lead counsel on a successful class action disabilities case against the State of Colorado in 2011. As a result of her dedication to protecting her clients’ rights, Paula has been named The Best Lawyers® 2014-15 Employment Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Denver, recognized in 5280 Magazine as a “Super Lawyer” in the state of Colorado, and received the Edward Sherman Award from the ACLU of Colorado. Paula has also contributed to a variety of organizations, including service as President of the Faculty of Federal Advocates, co-chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section, a member of the board of the Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyers Association and Colorado Legal Services, and a participant on the Legal Panels for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center on Law and Policy. Paula holds a law degree from the University of Colorado where she was presented with the University of Colorado’s School of Law Alumni Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

Debora Ortega, Director

2016.03.13_Ortega_Website_Pic.jpgDebora Ortega is a Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work and the founding director of the Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES), both held at the University of Denver. Deb’s research and teaching focuses on the consequences of structural inequity across different systems, client groups, and diverse people. She has authored and co-authored numerous editorials, journal articles, and book chapters addressing inequities in the child welfare, immigration, pubic policy and education systems. She was the co-editor of Affilia: Journal of Social Work from 2012 to 2016. Deb received several awards for teaching and mentoring of students. Deb holds a BA from University of San Diego, an MSW from Portland State University and a Ph.D from the University of Washington and is proud to be a first generation Latina college student.

 Camila Sosman Palmer, Secretary

2014.11.17-Camila-Website-Photo-1024x779.jpgCamila is an attorney at Elkind Alterman Harston PC, an immigration law firm in downtown Denver. She joined the firm in October 2011, after completing a two year clerkship with the Denver Immigration Court, through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Prior to working at the Immigration Court, Camila was a staff attorney at The Door’s Legal Services Center in New York City, where she represented immigrant youth before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Executive Office for Immigration Review, as well as in New York State family courts. Camila earned her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2007, where she completed externships with the employment unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, with the Immigrant Defense Project in New York City, and with the U.S. District Court for the Federal District of Puerto Rico. Before entering law school, Camila taught high school Spanish in Washington, DC, was as an immigration paralegal at Ayuda, Inc., and worked on refugee resettlement issues for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in San Jose, Costa Rica. Camila received her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in 1998 and is fluent in Spanish. She is admitted to the New York Bar and is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. 

 Jeff Williams, President

2015.01.12-Jeff-Williams-Website-Pic.jpgJeff Williams is Assistant General Counsel at DaVita Healthcare Partners, and previously was an associate attorney at Taylor | Anderson LLP in Denver and Willkie Farr & Gallagher, LLP in New York.  Jeff has represented businesses, individuals, and insureds in litigation and transactional matters, and maintained a general practice that included litigation, bankruptcy, white collar criminal defense, and election law. Jeff was also selected to serve as the Willkie Pro Bono Extern to Her Justice, a legal services organization that represents victims of domestic violence in family and immigration law matters. Prior to joining the bar, Jeff taught seventh grade history in Los Angeles through Teach for America. Jeff received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law and his bachelor of arts from Hamilton College.

Brian Gonzales, Director

2016.03.28_Gonzales_Website_Pic_-_resized.jpgIn 2008, Brian Gonzales founded The Law Offices of Brian D. Gonzales to dedicate himself to the vindication of workers’ rights. Mr. Gonzales’ practice concentrates on representing employees in collective and class action cases to recover overtime pay, stolen tips and other unpaid wages. He has represented thousands of workers in Colorado and throughout the United States, recovering millions of dollars in compensation and forcing companies to bring pay policies into compliance with the law. Prior to founding his firm, Mr. Gonzales was an associate in the complex litigation department of Gibson,Dunn & Crutcher, LLP and subsequently joined a group of Gibson, Dunn attorneys in founding the Denver law firm known as Fognani & Faught, PLLC. Mr. Gonzales earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1992 and, in 1996, earned a law degree from the University of Michigan. He is admitted to practice in Texas and Colorado.

  David Miller, Director

DHM_sawayalaw_photo.jpgDavid is a partner in the firm of Sawaya & Miller where he focuses his team’s efforts on class action wage and hour litigation in the state and federal courts as well as national complex multidistrict litigation. He comes from a career that spans a small firm general litigation practice at Cosgriff, Dunn & French, P.C.; being the Legal Director of the Colorado state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union; serving as the Interim Director of the Colorado Civil Rights Division under Governor Ritter; directing the national Employment Litigation Dept. of Qwest Communications, Inc., as Associate General Counsel; being a founding member of the Denver plaintiffs’ civil rights firm of Miller, Lane, Killmer & Greisen, LLP, and then serving in an of-counsel position at King & Greisen, LLP. For the last several years he has been running the Employment Dept. at Sawaya & Miller. In his spare time David participates as a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado non-profit Legal Aid Foundation, is on the Legal Panel of the Colorado ACLU, and is a Board member and General Counsel to a Colorado non-profit that treats and provides community safety services with respect to convicted sex offenders, T.H.E. And is a member of the Colorado ACLU Legal Panel. David regularly serves as a CLE presenter, and has published over a half-dozen law review and bar journal articles mainly on civil rights issues, as well as having appeared as counsel in dozens of reported federal and state individual and class action decisions. 

 Nina DiSalvo, Executive Director

2014.10.23-Nina-Website-Pic-873x1024_(1).jpgNina comes to Towards Justice from Governor Cuomo’s administration in New York State, where she served as Special Counsel to the Secretary of State. In that capacity, Nina worked to create the New York State Office for New Americans, the Empire State Fellows Program, and the Regional Economic Development Councils. Nina also managed various divisions within the New York State Department of State, represented the Secretary on boards and commissions, and adjudicated administrative appeals related to occupational licensure. Prior to joining New York State government, Nina was a lawyer associated with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where she dedicated substantial time to employment law litigation. Nina has also served on the Junior Advisory Board to Her Justice in New York City, worked as a research fellow with human rights organizations in Argentina, and taught high school in rural Puerto Rico. Nina is fluent in Spanish and English, and grew up between upstate New York, Puerto Rico, and the Turks and Caicos islands. Nina received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts in government and Latin American studies from Wesleyan University. Nina is on the board of directors of the Community Resource Center and is admitted to practice law in New York and Colorado.