Hon. Tim Lewis (Ret.)

Judge Timothy K. Lewis is the co-chair of the Schnader, Attorneys at Law ADR Practice Group. He works as a mediator, arbitrator, settlement counselor, and trial and appellate practitioner. In 2016, Lewis was appointed to the ACS board of directors.

Lewis was previously the co-chair of the Schnader Appellate Practice Group. During his career on the bench, Lewis served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Lewis is national chair of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution’s Diversity Task Force and co-chair of the National Right to Counsel Committee. He also serves on the board of advisors for the Georgetown University Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute and the Constitution Project. He is a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, a member of the AAA Council of Board Committees, the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, and the Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness.

Lewis was selected by Best Lawyers as the "2015 Lawyer of the Year" in arbitration for Washington, DC, and Lawdragon recognized him as one of the "Lawdragon 500 Leading Judges in America.” Since 2010 he has been recognized annually in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Administrative/Regulatory Law, Appellate Law, Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, and Mediation from 2010 to 2018. He has been awarded the American Arbitration Association’s Outstanding Director Award, Duquesne University School of Law’s Outstanding Achievement Award. The Legal Intelligencer selected him as one of the "Diverse Attorneys of the Year" in 2015. The Pennsylvania Bar Association awarded him the Minority Bar Committee Award of Achievement.

Lewis received his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law and his B.A. from Tufts University.

Peter Karanjia

Peter Karanjia is a partner at DLA Piper LLP (in its Washington, D.C., and New York offices) and chairs the firm’s Administrative Law Appellate Practice.  In 2017, Karanjia was appointed to the ACS Board of Directors and in 2019 he was elected board chair.

From 2010 to 2013, Karanjia served as Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission.  In that role, Karanjia supervised all of the agency’s litigation—including defending the FCC’s first net neutrality rules in the D.C. Circuit.  Previously, as Special Counsel to the Solicitor General of New York, Karanjia argued several major appeals, including the successful defense of a first-of-its kind statute requiring online retailers to collect state taxes.  Karanjia received the New York Attorney General’s Award in 2010.

Karanjia focuses on appellate, regulatory, and complex litigation.  He is also active in pro bono and civic work, regulatory representing amici before the U.S. Supreme Court in constitutional cases, such as the litigation challenging the Trump administration’s rescission of the DACA program (on behalf of United We Dream and 50 other organizations); the litigation challenging President Trump’s “Travel Ban” executive orders (on behalf of more than 130 Members of Congress); and the litigation defending fair-share union fees against First Amendment challenge (on behalf of U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Richard Blumenthal).  Karanjia also has represented media organizations and press associations (including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Intercept, BuzzFeed, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and The Center for Investigative Reporting) in cases raising novel First Amendment issues in connection with digital media.

Karanjia holds law degrees from Harvard Law School, where he studied as a John F. Kennedy Scholar, and the University of Oxford, from which he graduated with highest honors.

Amb. Keith M. Harper (Ret.)

Ambassador Keith M. Harper (ret.) is Chair of the Native American Practice at Jenner and Block. Prior to that he was a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. His areas of practice include government and regulatory litigation, Native American litigation and counseling on international matters. In 2017, Harper was appointed to the ACS board of directors.

Harper served in the Obama Administration as U.S. Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, and, as a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, was the first-ever member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe to serve as a U.S. Ambassador. From 2010 to 2014, Harper served as a commissioner on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

Harper has been part of numerous high-profile tribal cases, including serving as class counsel for 500,000 individual Indians who sued the Departments of Interior and Treasury over government management of their trust assets, resulting in a $3.4 billion settlement agreement. He also served as lead counsel for numerous tribes suing the U.S. for mismanagement of tribal trust funds and natural resources. He has represented tribes before the National Labor Relations Board and the Western Area Power Administration.

Earlier in his career, Harper served as a litigator for the Native American Rights Fund where he started as a Skadden Fellow. He is also a member of the board of directors at Women At The Table and of the advisory board of the Artistic Freedom Initiative as well as an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee.

Harper received his J.D. from New York University and his B.A. from University of California Berkeley in sociology and psychology. He clerked for the Hon. Lawrence W. Pierce in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He can be followed on Twitter, @AmbHarper.

Ruben Garcia

Ruben J. Garcia is a Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Workplace Law Program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law. His areas of expertise include labor law, employment discrimination law, employment, constitutional law, law and society, law and social change, First Amendment, immigration policy, international human rights law, professional ethics, and critical race theory/LatCrit theory. In 2016, Garcia was appointed to the ACS board of directors.

Prior to joining the University of Nevada, Garcia was professor and Director of the Labor and Employment Law Program at California Western School of Law. He also has held academic appointments at the University of California, Davis School of Law, the University of Wisconsin Law School, and at the University of California, San Diego. Before his career as a professor, Garcia worked as an attorney for public and private sector labor unions and employees in greater Los Angeles.

Garcia is the author of the book “Marginal Workers: How Legal Fault Lines Divide Workers and Leave Them Without Protection,” published by New York University Press.

In the Fall of 2015, Garcia was selected as a University of Las Vegas Leadership Development Academy fellow. He has also served as co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), and on the boards of the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties and the ACLU of Nevada.

Garcia received his J.D. from UCLA, his L.L.M. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and his A.B. with honors in political science from Stanford.

Steve Fineman

Steven E. Fineman is the managing partner of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, resident in the firm’s New York office. The American Lawyer Magazine has called Lieff Cabraser one of the “nation’s premiere plaintiffs’ firms,” and the National Law Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Law360, and Benchmark Litigation have repeatedly recognized Lieff Cabraser as one of the top plaintiff-side litigation law firms in the United States. In 2016, Fineman was appointed to the ACS board of directors.

Fineman represents plaintiffs in class, group and individual civil litigation in the areas of securities and financial fraud, mass torts, and consumer fraud. He has been recognized as a top lawyer in his fields by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Benchmark Plaintiff, and the National Law Journal.  Lawdragon has identified Fineman as one of the nation’s “100 Managing Partners You Need to Know.”

Fineman is also a member of the Advisory Forum for Stanford Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession, and is a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford Law School. He is a past president of the Public Justice Foundation, which oversees and funds the national public interest law firm, Public Justice, P.C., and is a past co-chair of the American Association for Justice’s Securities Litigation Group. Fineman is also vice-chair of the New York regional board of directors of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and is a member of the executive committee of ADL’s national commission.

Fineman received his J.D. from University of California Hastings College of the Law, and his B.A. from University of California San Diego.

 

Mark Califano

Mark Califano is a Partner at Dentons. Prior to this, he was Chief Legal Officer and Regional Managing Director of the Americas at Nardello and Company. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel for Litigation at American Express and managed major litigation, significant investigations and other sensitive matters. In 2014, Califano was appointed to the ACS board of directors.

Prior to joining Amex, Califano was Senior Vice President and head of litigation & legal policy at GE Capital. Previously, he was head of litigation in GE Commercial Finance at GE Capital. He served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Independent Inquiry into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme at United Nations, and co-authored “Good Intentions Corrupted: The Oil-for-Food Scandal and the Threat to the U.N.” As Chief Legal Counsel, he managed the global investigation and the over 75-person staff, including lawyers, investigators, analysts, and experts.

Califano also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Connecticut, investigating and prosecuting federal white-collar offenses, including public corruption, corporate and securities fraud, domestic and foreign bribery, terrorism, intellectual property, and Internet offenses. Earlier in his career, he was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate. Meagher & Flom.

He has also taught programs on litigation and trial practice, Foreign Corrupt Practice, Internet, terrorism, fraud, and money laundering investigations and prosecutions.

Califano received his J.D. from Duke University, and his B.A. in history of philosophy from Princeton. He clerked for the Hon. Stanley Sporkin of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.