Officers serve a one-year term and are elected at the annual conventions. Learn more about the election process here.
AAJ 2019-2020 Executive Officers
President: Bruce H. Stern of Stark & Stark in Princeton, NJ
President-Elect: Tobi L. Millrood of Pogust Millrood, LLC in Conshohocken, PA
Vice President: Navan Ward, Jr. of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles in Atlanta, GA
Secretary: Tad Thomas of Thomas Law Offices in Louisville, KY
Treasurer: Sean C. Domnick of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Parliamentarian: Lori Andrus of Andrus Anderson LLP in San Francisco, CA
Immediate Past President: Elise R. Sanguinetti of Arias Sanguinetti Wang Torrijos, LLP in Oakland, CA
Bruce H. Stern
“AAJ is powered by members working together with a dedicated staff. Everyone has something to offer, and AAJ wants to hear from you. We must continue to spread the word that AAJ is the premier national community for plaintiff trial lawyers. Member engagement is key.”
A shareholder in Stark & Stark in Princeton, N.J., Mr. Stern served as AAJ President-Elect in 2018-2019, Vice President in 2017-18, Secretary in 2016-17, Treasurer in 2015-16, and Parliamentarian in 2014-15. He previously served on AAJ’s Executive Board and Board of Governors. He has chaired the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section; the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group; and the Audit Committee. He has served as a State Delegate and as a member of the National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees. Mr. Stern earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1977 and his J.D. from the Rutgers School of Law in 1981.
Tobi L. Millrood
“Leadership in AAJ represents my greatest professional privilege. AAJ is the greatest trial bar in the world, and pursuing its mission is my passion”
A partner with Pogust Millrood in suburban Philadelphia, Pa., Mr. Millrood served as AAJ Vice President in 2018-2019, Secretary in 2017-18, Treasurer in 2016-17, and Parliamentarian in 2015-16. He has previously been elected to the Executive Committee, and currently chairs the Evergreen Advisory Board. He is past chair of the Section and Litigation Group Coordination Committee. He has served on the Budget Committee, Diversity Committee, Membership Oversight Committee, Governance Task Force, Publications Committee, National Finance Council, and PAC Task Force and has co-chaired multiple litigation groups and most recently, the Marketing and Practice Development Committee. He also served as a National College of Advocacy (NCA) course advisor. Mr. Millrood earned his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in 1992 and his J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1995.
Navan Ward, Jr.
“I have seen firsthand how important AAJ is in protecting all plaintiffs’ rights, along with helping plaintiff lawyers to become better advocates through its education programs and networking opportunities.”
A principal with Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles in Atlanta, Ga., Mr. Ward served as AAJ Secretary in 2018-2019, Treasurer in 2017-18 and Parliamentarian in 2016-17. He has chaired the Leaders Forum Advisory Committee, the DePuy Metal on Metal and Biomet Metal on Metal Litigation Groups, the Minority Caucus, and the Diversity Committee. He has also served on AAJ’s Executive Committee, the Board of Governors, Convention Planning Committee, National Finance Council, and PAC Task Force. Mr. Ward earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the university’s School of Law.
“Without AAJ, our nation would be less just, less democratic, and further from the vision our founding fathers had for our nation.”
Founder of Thomas Law Offices with offices in Louisville, Ky., Chicago, Ill., and Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Thomas served as AAJ Treasurer in 2018-2019, and Parliamentarian in 2017-18. He currently serves on the Board of Governors, the Executive Committee, and the Marketing and Practice Development Committee. He is also an active member of the AAJ PAC Task Force, Convention Planning Committee, Law Schools Committee, National Finance Council, Membership Oversight Committee, and Legal Affairs Committee, among others. Mr. Thomas earned his bachelor's degree from Georgetown College in 1997 and his J.D. from Northern Kentucky University in 2000.
“I am proud of the work AAJ has achieved and am honored to serve as an officer. I pledge to serve the best interest of the members and this organization and help lead AAJ toward a sustainable future.”
A shareholder with Domnick Cunningham & Whalen in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Mr. Domnick served as AAJ Parliamentarian in 2018-2019. He is chair of the Budget Committee and a member of the Board of Governors, Executive Committee, National Finance Council, Membership Oversight Committee, Audit Committee, Evergreen Advisory Board, Public Affairs Committee, and PAC Board of Trustees. He is a past chair of the Leaders Forum Advisory Board. Mr. Domnick earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1986 and his J.D. from the university’s law school in 1989.
Lori E. Andrus
“For my entire career, I have dedicated myself to AAJ and to protecting your firms, your clients, and your livelihood. As your Parliamentarian, I will continue my service to AAJ to make sure that it is the strongest, most effective trial lawyer organization that it can be.”
A partner with Andrus Anderson LLP in San Francisco, Calif., Ms. Andrus has served on AAJ’s Executive Committee since 2015 and AAJ’s Board of Governors since 2014. She is also a member of AAJ’s Budget Committee, past chair of the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, past chair of the VW Litigation Group, and has received multiple honors and commendations from AAJ for her service to the association. In addition, Ms. Andrus received the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice “Pursuit of Justice” Award in 2016 and was named Woman Consumer Attorney of Year from the Consumer Attorneys of California in 2013. Ms. Andrus earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 1993 and her J.D., with honors, from Duke University School of Law, in 1999.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Elise R. Sanguinetti
“AAJ works relentlessly to help fulfill and protect the promise of the Founding Fathers. In drafting our nation's Constitution, they wanted to “establish justice.” We must fiercely guard it. Always.”
Founder of Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos in the San Francisco Bay area, Ms. Sanguinetti served as AAJ President in 2018-2019, President-Elect in 2017-18, Vice President in 2016-17, Secretary in 2016-15, Treasurer in 2014-15, and Parliamentarian in 2013-14. She has chaired the National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees, Membership Task Force, National Finance Council, Membership Oversight Committee, Public Affairs Committee, and New Lawyers Division. She has also served on the Diversity Committee, AAJ PAC Board of Trustees, Exchange Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Leaders Forum Seventh Amendment Task Force. Additionally, she served as president of the Consumer Attorneys of California. Ms. Sanguinetti earned her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in 1993 and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1997.