William A. Rivera - Senior Vice President, Litigation
Kelly Bagby - Vice President, Litigation (Housing, Health and Human Services)
Dean Graybill - Vice President, Litigation (Income, Consumer, and Employment)
AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) is an advocate in courts nationwide for the rights of people 50 and older, addressing diverse legal issues that affect their daily lives and assuring that they have a voice in the judicial system.
Elizabeth Aniskevich is a Senior Attorney at AARP Foundation. Her work focuses on protecting the rights of older adults through vigorous advocacy. Elizabeth litigates a variety of cases, ranging from consumer protection, to housing, to employment matters, and has vast experience litigating class actions. She also regularly writes amicus briefs for state and federal courts across the country. Prior to joining the Foundation, Elizabeth worked to protect the integrity of financial markets through representation of investors in securities class actions and shareholder litigation. She also clerked in the Eastern District of Virginia where she managed the court’s pro se prisoner docket. Elizabeth graduated valedictorian from the University of Florida, with a double B.A. in Sociology and Criminology and received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. In addition to her work for the Foundation, Elizabeth serves on the D.C. Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers Leadership Network Council.
Meryl Grenadier is a Senior Attorney at AARP Foundation Litigation. Her work involves nationwide impact litigation and legal advocacy on behalf of low income older adults. She works on matters involving health law, civil rights, elder abuse, retirement benefits, and consumer protection. Prior to joining AARP Foundation, Meryl was an associate at a D.C. boutique litigation firm where she worked on a variety of complex matters, including whistleblower matters, consumer class actions, and commercial disputes. Meryl serves on the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Litigation Committee, and is former co-chair of the D.C. Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council. Meryl holds a B.A. in political science and a B.S. in journalism from Boston University, and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
Maame Gyamfi is Senior Attorney at the AARP Foundation Litigation. Ms. Gyamfi is a health care expert who advocates nationwide for the rights of low-income older adults, addressing diverse issues that affect their daily lives and ensuring that they have a voice in the judicial system. She works on matters involving health law, civil rights, elder abuse, disability rights, consumer protection, and other public interest areas. Prior to coming to AFL, Ms. Gyamfi was Senior Counsel at the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she worked on health care fraud and compliance matters. She also litigated criminal and civil cases as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. District Courts of the Southern District of Florida and the Eastern District of New York. Ms. Gyamfi is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of California at Berkeley.
Dan Kohrman is a Senior Attorney with the AARP Foundation’s legal advocacy unit, AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL). Dan represents older workers in class action and individual litigation in trial courts and AARP itself in amicus briefs in appellate courts, including the US Supreme Court. Most of Dan’s cases involve claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He also has filed many briefs for AARP challenging state voter ID laws. Dan has been with AFL since 2001. He previously worked for theCivil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the law firm of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). Dan received a BA from Yale College, a master's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and his JD from Columbia Law School. From 1984-85 Dan served as a law clerk for the Hon. Stanley S. Brotman in the U.S. District Court in Camden, N.J. Dan has three children in their twenties.
Sébastien Monzón Rueda
Sébastien Monzón Rueda came to AFL after four years as a Staff Attorney in the Tenant Advocacy and Support Practice at Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) where he represented low-income seniors in housing-related cases before the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He also litigated reasonable accommodation cases and discrimination claims before administrative bodies, such as the D.C. Housing Authority and the Office of Administrative Hearings. Sébastien received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC Law) and his B.A. from the University of British Columbia. He clerked for the Honorable Tyrona De Witt and the Honorable Diane Lepley at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Sébastien is a Board Member of the Washington Council of Lawyers—the public interest bar association for DC—and serves as Co-Chair of its Advocacy Committee. He is fluent in Spanish.
Ali Naini joined AARP Foundation Litigation after a career in the District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office and the non-profit organization Mobilization for Justice (formerly “MFY”).
Ali, who speaks English, Farsi, and Turkish, has shown a keen interest in public policy since his early days at the University of Virginia, researching microfinancing in Cairo and later working with the Harlem Children’s Zone on health, financial, and housing projects.
In law school, he served as managing editor of the George Washington Law Review. He then earned his litigation spurs in a three-year stint at the D.C. Attorney General’s Office. He won 4 of 4 jury trials and 21 of 24 court motions, handling a wide variety of litigation tasks relevant to AFL’s work. In 2016, he again chose public interest work, serving as senior staff attorney at MFY’s Foreclosure Prevention Project in New York City. There, he tirelessly represented low-income clients facing loss of their homes, handling individual cases, lobbying for reforms, and first-chairing a trial.
Julie Nepveu is a Senior Staff Attorney at AARP Foundation Litigation. She advances the interests of older people nationwide in the areas of access to courts, consumer protection, mortgage and reverse mortgage servicing and foreclosure defense, fair housing, disability rights, and public utilities. Her work includes litigating cases, filing amicus briefs, and drafting comments on proposed federal regulation and legislation, and providing support to AARP state office staff. Julie previously worked as Staff Attorney at the National Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law in the Housing and Community Development Project. Prior to that, she represented low income and subsidized tenants at Legal Services of Northern Virginia. Julie also served as a judicial law clerk at the U.S. Claims Court to the Hon. Thomas J. Lydon. Julie earned her BA from the University of Vermont and her JD from the University of Maine School of Law. The Maine State Bar Association honored Julie with its Pro Bono Award in 1991.
Stefan Shaibani is an alumnus of Stanford Law School, a former Law Clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and a former Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Commercial Litigation Branch. Mr. Shaibani is an attorney at the AARP Foundation Litigation, where he represents plaintiffs in disability, consumer, and employment class actions.
Prior to joining AARP Foundation Litigation, Mr. Shaibani operated a solo and small firm practice for 16 years representing plaintiffs in automobile negligence, premises liability, first-party insurance, and business tort cases in the DC metropolitan area. In this capacity, Mr. Shaibani conducted bench and jury trials, depositions, mediations, and worked with expert witnesses in fields such as orthopedics, neurosurgery, neurology, pathology, oncology, vocational rehabilitation, economics, accident reconstruction, and premises security. Mr. Shaibani has represented many indigents, disadvantaged and elderly clients who sustained harms and losses by the negligence of individuals and corporations defended by casualty insurers.
Susan Ann Silverstein
Ms. Silverstein is a Senior Attorney for AARP Foundation Litigation where she works on fair housing, disability rights and low income issues. Ms. Silverstein has litigated significant cases establishing the rights of people with disabilities in public and private housing, including assisted living, retirement communities and in the context of community planning and redevelopment. She was lead counsel in Cason v. Rochester Housing Authority, the first case brought on behalf of renters with disabilities under the 1988 Fair Housing Amendments Act that established that housing providers could not determine whether applicants were capable of living independently, but could only screen for their ability to meet relevant lease requirements. She was a leader in defending disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act as co-counsel in Citizens in Action v. Mt. Holly Township through its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and as author of the Supreme Court amicus on behalf of AARP, Lambda Legal Defense, National Disability Rights Network, and several other organizations. Ms. Silverstein received her BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her JD from Columbia University School of Law. She was a Community Builder Fellow with the Department of Housing and Urban Development in conjunction with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She began her career as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow at Southern Tier Legal Services in Bath, NY, and worked for other legal services offices in Western New York.