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.


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.


 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. 


 

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David Lopez is a Partner at Outten and Golden and the attorney-in-charge at the firm’s Washington, DC office. Mr. Lopez is Co-chair of the Discrimination & Retaliation Practice Group. Mr. Lopez served as General Counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from April 8, 2010 until December 9, 2016 – the longest serving General Counsel of the agency. Mr. Lopez was nominated twice by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2010 and 2014. Mr. Lopez is the first EEOC field trial attorney to be appointed as the agency's General Counsel. As General Counsel, Mr. Lopez was in charge of the Commission's litigation program, overseeing the agency's 15 Regional Attorneys and a staff of more than 325 lawyers and legal professionals who conduct or support Commission litigation in district and appellate courts across the country. He has served at the Commission in various capacities for the past 22 years, including as Supervisory Trial Attorney in the Phoenix District Office and Special Assistant to then-Chairman Gilbert F. Casellas. Mr. Lopez has been a Lecturer-in-Law at Harvard Law School and an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown Law Center.

Prior to joining the EEOC, Mr. Lopez was a Senior Trial Attorney with the Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section, of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. Between 1988 and 1991, Mr. Lopez was an Associate with Spiegel and McDiarmid in Washington, DC. Mr. Lopez obtained his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988 and graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University in 1985, with a B.S. in Political Science. Mr. Lopez is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, as well as the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the College of Labor Employment Lawyers.


Jeff Williams, President

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Jeff 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.

 


Nina DiSalvo, 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.