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 an attorney at AARP Foundation. Her work focuses on protecting the rights of low-income older adults through vigorous advocacy. Prior to joining the Foundation, Elizabeth spent six years litigating securities fraud class actions and shareholder suits. Elizabeth also clerked in the Eastern District of Virginia, where she managed the court’s pro se prisoner docket. Elizabeth earned a double B.A. in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Florida and received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. In addition to her work for the Foundation, Elizabeth also advocates for access to legal services for D.C.’s low-income and vulnerable populations through her service on the D.C. Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers Leadership Network Council.
Geron Gadd is a Senior Attorney at AARP Foundation Litigation specializing in systemic litigation seeking to protect the rights of older adults with disabilities, those isolated and neglected in congregate care settings, and those affected by unscrupulous commercial practices. Geron began her legal career in New York, where she represented corporate clients in intellectual property, securities, and related commercial disputes, and in Florida, where she represented corporate clients in commercial and construction disputes. In 2011, Geron returned to Alabama, from which her family hails, to focus on public interest litigation on behalf of people with disabilities and in an array of civil rights matters. Prior to joining AARP Foundation, Geron served as Legal Director of the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, the state’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities. While in Alabama, she served as lead class counsel in Hunter, et al. v. Beshear, 2:16-cv-798 (M.D. Ala.), a class action resulting in a consent decree requiring the Alabama Department of Mental Health to timely provide court-ordered psychiatric services. Geron earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern Methodist University, a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Meryl Grenadier is an attorney at AARP Foundation Litigation. Her work involves nationwide impact litigation and legal advocacy on behalf of low income older adults. 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 actions, consumer class actions, and commercial disputes. Much of this work focused on healthcare fraud involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Meryl is an active member of the D.C. legal community; she is co-chair of the D.C. Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council, and is also a member of the Washington Council of Lawyers and the Women’s Bar Association. Meryl earned a B.A. in political science and a B.S. in journalism at Boston University, and her J.D. at 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.
Barbara Jones is a member of the State Bar of California and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. She has been a Senior Attorney with AARP Foundation Litigation’s unit since 2004 where she has worked on a broad spectrum of cases impacting low income adults. She has filed amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs on behalf of AARP in a variety of cases in the Supreme Court including multiple patent cases impacting low-income adults’ access to health care. While at AARP Foundation, Ms. Jones served as co-counsel in 23 age discrimination class action cases. She has also worked on Social Security, investor fraud, housing, government benefit and arbitration cases.
Prior to working for the AARP Foundation, Ms. Jones worked as a Research Attorney for the San Mateo County Superior Court, taught legal research and appellate brief writing at Santa Clara University, School of Law and worked as an attorney for the California Rural Legal Assistance where she served as the state wide employment/labor coordinator. Among the government benefit cases Ms. Jones has argued are: Rosales v. Thompson, 321 F.3d 835 (9th Cir. 2003) (a foster care case described by one commentator as “the most significant Title IV- E event since passage of the Child Welfare Act of 1980”); California v. Shalala, 166 F.3d 1019 (9th Cir. 1999) Anderson v. Superior Court, 68 Cal.App.4th 1240 (1998) Land v. Anderson, 55 Cal.App.4th 69 (1997).
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.
Laurie McCann is a Senior Attorney with AARP Foundation Litigation. Her principal responsibilities include litigation and amicus curiae participation for AARP on a broad range of age discrimination and other employment issues. McCann has prepared numerous amicus curiae briefs on behalf of AARP in cases before the United States Supreme Court, and federal and state courts. Her publications include, "Age Discrimination in Employment" in The New Politics of Old Age Policy (2nd Edition) (with Cathy Ventrell-Monsees) and "The ADEA and the Eleventh Amendment," 2 Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal 241 (1998).
Ms. McCann is a noted speaker on the aging work force. She has lectured on age discrimination, downsizing, and employee benefit issues at conferences sponsored by the American Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, and the D.C. Bar Association. Due to her expertise in employment discrimination law, she is widely quoted in the media. She has also testified on behalf of AARP concerning age discrimination in employment before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
Ms. McCann graduated from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and received her Master of Science in Gerontology (with emphases in industrial gerontology and public policy) from the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California. She earned her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
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.
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.
Dara Smith is a staff attorney at AARP Foundation Litigation. Her work at AARP Foundation has primarily focused on age and disability discrimination against older workers. She was counsel for AARP in its lawsuit successfully challenging the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s regulations, which permitted employers to impose heavy financial penalties on employees who refused to disclose sensitive medical and genetic information through workplace wellness programs. Dara previously worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, first as an attorney advisor for an administrative law judge who adjudicated cases involving immigration-related unfair employment practices, and later as a trial attorney at the Civil Division at the Office of Immigration Litigation and the Appellate Staff section, serving as lead counsel in federal cases in the Courts of Appeals. Dara also taught Scholarly Writing and Legal Research and Writing at George Washington University Law School. Dara earned a B.A. in linguistics and cultural anthropology at the University of Michigan and her J.D. at George Washington University Law School. She is originally from College Station, Texas, and she holds a second degree black belt in taekwondo.