F. Paul Bland, Jr. is a Senior Attorney for Public Justice and Of Counsel at Chavez & Gertler. He has argued and won more than 25 reported decisions from federal and state courts across the nation, including cases in five of the federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and at least one victory in nine different state high courts. He was named the “Vern Countryman” Award winner in 2006 by the National Consumer Law Center, which “honors the accomplishments of an exceptional consumer attorney who, through the practice of consumer law, has contributed significantly to the well being of vulnerable consumers.” In 2010, he received the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau’s “Champion of Justice” Award. In the late 1980s, he was Chief Nominations Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Public Justice is located in Washington, DC.
Ingrid M. Evans concentrates in elder law, personal injury, class action, financial fraud/whistleblower, and employment/qui tam litigation. Licensed to practice law in New York, Washington, DC, and California, Ms. Evans was selected as a finalist for the 2009 and 2012 Consumer Attorney of the Year Award and listed in Northern California Super Lawyers. She is a member and past cochair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group, serves on the Section and Litigation Group Coordination Committee, Board of Governors, Convention Planning Committee, and Membership Oversight Committee. The Evans Law Firm is located in San Francisco, California.
Adam T. Klein is partner of Outten & Golden LLP in New York, New York where he chairs the firm’s class action practice group. He concentrates on class action and impact litigation of employment discrimination and wage and hour claims. Mr. Klein currently serves as lead or colead plaintiffs’ counsel in several class action lawsuits involving discrimination claims in the financial services industry and challenges to the use of credit and criminal history records for employment decisions. Mr. Klein has testified before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Congress on issues relating to employment law and has lectured at the American Bar Association.
Robert S. Peck is founder and president of the Center for Constitutional Litigation, P.C. in Washington, DC. He is credited with having developed groundbreaking constitutional challenges to law impeding access to courts. He regularly appears before the U.S. Supreme Court and state supreme courts, litigating cases on the merits as well as at the petition stage. Mr. Peck concentrates in state and federal constitutional law, complex civil litigation, federal preemption, punitive damages, products liability, mass torts, consumer protection, Section 1983, and ERISA and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement. Mr. Peck has taught advanced constitutional law and state constitutional law at the George Washington University Law School and American University Washington College of Law as a member of the adjunct faculty. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, cochair of the Lawyers Committee of the National Center for State Courts, vice chair of the Board of Overseers of the RAND Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice, and sits on the board of directors of Justice at Stake. He is a past president of the U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association and the Freedom to Read Foundation, and a past national chair of Lawyers for Libraries.
Jason J. Thompson concentrates his practice class action and multidistrict litigation (MDL) cases involving consumer rights, RICO, employee rights, qui tam, antitrust, and environmental tort. He represents institutional clients, such as municipalities, healthcare plans and unions, as well as individuals. Mr. Thompson is a member of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP), Class Action Litigation Group and cochair of AAJ’s Wage & Hour Litigation Group. He is a member of National Board of Trial Advocacy and Million Dollar Advocates Forum and is listed in Super Lawyers. Mr. Thompson is a shareholder in the Southfield, Michigan law firm of Sommers Schwartz, P.C. and serves as the chair of the firm’s Complex Litigation Department.
John Vail is senior litigation counsel and vice president of the Center for Constitutional Litigation, P.C. in Washington, DC. In that capacity Mr. Vail has dedicated himself to keep courts open to ordinary citizens. He has appeared as counsel, written and argued in countless state and federal courts around the country against state tort reform statutes, efforts to eliminate the right to jury trial, attempts to make experts unavailable and other efforts to prevent access to justice. He writes regularly about the civil justice system. Before coming to work for CCL, he spent two decades working for legal aid organizations across rural America. Mr. Vail received the Denison Ray Award for “inspired vision and outstanding leadership” in his legal aid work and the Public Justice Achievement Award for his work in preserving the right of access to justice.