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Wildlife Law Program Director Jennifer Best specializes in animal and environmental litigation and leads Friends of Animals’ extensive docket to advance protections for wildlife. Jennifer started with Friends of Animals in 2013 and has successfully litigated cases that paved the way for the protection of threatened and endangered animals, prevented the roundup and removal of wild horses, and held the government accountable for violating federal laws designed to protect animals and their environment. Jennifer received a B.A. in philosophy from Lewis & Clark College with a minor in Political Science. She earned her J.D. from University of Denver Sturm College of Law with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Law. Jennifer loves spending time outdoors and takes delight in viewing wildlife, whether its bees in a city park or moose in the mountains — always from a respectful distance of course! She pursued a legal career to create positive changes in how humans interact with the earth and all its creatures. She is thrilled to be working with Friends of Animals and advocating for the rights of wildlife. She can be reached at jennifer(at)friendsofanimals.org.
Stephen Hernick is Senior Attorney in the Wildlife Law Program. He received a B.A. in History from Cornell University and earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2009. He joined Friends of Animals in May 2019, after beginning his legal career as a commercial litigator at large law firms in Boston and Cincinnati. Stephen has been an animal lover his whole life and is ecstatic to now be using his legal skills towards helping animals of all species. He spends most of his weekends outdoors pursuing his passions of mountaineering and skiing in Colorado’s majestic mountains. He can be reached at shernick(at)friendsofanimals.org.
Rob Huss is a Senior Staff Attorney at FoA’s Wildlife Law Program. Rob entered law school at the University of Denver to study and practice environmental law. After many years litigating civil rights, personal injury and property cases on behalf of local governments and the State of Colorado, Rob, a lifelong animal lover with a strong interest in wildlife and environmental matters, joined the Friends of Animals team in 2022 to finally combine his personal interests with his practice. In his spare time, Rob spends time with his family and tries to get outside as much as possible to run, hike, ski or do anything outdoors. Rob can be reached at rhuss(at)friendsofanimals.org.
Andreia Marcuccio is a Staff Attorney at FoA’s Wildlife Law Program. She received a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in philosophy from Siena College. She earned her J.D. and master’s degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Andreia believes animals have intrinsic value and has always been passionate about animal equality. She is excited to be able to use her skills to protect wildlife and ensure that animals have a right to ethical consideration. In her free time she enjoys hiking, geocaching, cheerleading, snowboarding, and identifying trees. Andreia can be reached at andreia(at)friendsofanimals.org.
Adam Kreger is a Staff Attorney at the Wildlife Law Program He became involved in animal rights in 2010, and received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 2019, where he founded the Animal Law Society during 1L. He also participated in the Environmental Law Clinic and served as a litigation intern for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. He is elated to be using the law to protect the environment and its inhabitants. Adam is licensed in California and Colorado. Adam can be reached at adam.kreger(at)friendsofanimals.org.
Kira Abramovitz is the Administrator/Conservation Coordinator of the Wildlife Law Program. She received a B.S. in Environmental Science at Portland State University. Having volunteered in Bali at a sea turtle sanctuary, multiple animal shelters, and worked as an animal keeper at wildcat sanctuaries, Kira has dedicated her life to animal welfare and conservation. These experiences have provided her with the foundation for building new ventures in animal rights as a conservation coordinator. Kira is thrilled to support the advocates in the Wildlife Law Program and Friends of Animals. She can be reached at kira.abramovitz(at)friendsofanimals.org.
Becca Sutton, Michigan State University College of Law
Lee Place, University of Chicago Law School
Jess McLaggan, University of Denver
Megan Freveletti, Indiana University
Sarah Brusseau, University of Denver
Gabrielle Falcon, University of Colorado Law School
John Gallalee, University of Virginia School of Law
Ashley Zurkan, University of Denver College of Law
Chloe-Lynn Mykytyn, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Samantha Sandfort, University of Texas School of Law
Chelsey Oden, University of Colorado Law School
Kat Fiedler, Pace University School of Law
Lyndley Schlepp, Lewis & Clark Law School
Edward Huggins, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Katelyn Gannon, St. Louis University
Jessica Gick, Georgetown University
Kate Sanford, University of Denver
Rachel N. Wichert, University of Washington Law
Anna Burica, University of Denver
Jane Michalakes, University of Denver
Liz Rasheed, New York University of Law
Aejung Yoon, University of Washington Law
Joann Kinsey, University of Denver College of Law
Aubyn Royall, University of Denver College of Law
Erica Zeiler, University of Denver College of Law
Kelly Shaw, University of Colorado School of Law
Kristen Pariser, University of Denver College of Law