YLD Board Bios

Federal Bar Association
Younger Lawyers Division Board Members


Angela S. Abreu
Angela Sheffler Abreu currently serves as a member-at-large on the National Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association's Younger Lawyers Division and as Secretary of the Federal Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Law Section. Angela Sheffler Abreu is a Senior Credit Bankruptcy Workout Officer with Northwest Bank in Warren, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Northwest Bank, Ms. Abreu was an associate with Forman Holt Eliades & Youngman in Paramus, NJ and prior to Forman Holt, Ms. Abreu worked in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group at McCarter & English LLP in Newark, New Jersey until June 2011. Her experience includes the representation of creditors, debtors and trustees in bankruptcy and the representation of creditors in loan workouts. She has assisted clients with all aspects of claim prosecution and protection in chapter 7, 12, 11 and 13 proceedings. Ms. Abreu has litigated a variety of actions in state and federal courts to enforce liens, foreclose on mortgages, and collect debt. During law school, Ms. Abreu worked as a law clerk with the Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduation from Duquesne University School of Law, Ms. Abreu worked in the Insolvency and Creditor’s Rights practice group at Tucker Arensberg, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Anna Howard

Anna W. Howard currently serves as the Member for the Eleventh Circuit of the National Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association’s Younger Lawyers Division. Anna assists the FBA YLD with the annual Younger Federal Lawyer Awards. Anna currently serves as a career law clerk for the Honorable Leigh Martin May of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and is also a board member of the Atlanta FBA Chapter's YLD. Before clerking for Judge May, Anna attended the University of Georgia, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in international affairs. After working in the insurance industry for a number of years, Anna received her Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia. After law school, Anna clerked for the Honorable Richard W. Story of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and practiced with Butler Wooten Cheeley & Peak, LLP, a boutique trial firm, where she practiced False Claims Act and product liability law. For more information regarding the Younger Federal Lawyer Awards, please contact Anna Howard.
Allison E. Moore
Allison E. Moore currently serves as a Member-at-Large on the National Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Allison is a litigation attorney with Branscomb | PC in San Antonio, Texas contributing to a national management-focused Labor & Employment Law practice. Her experience includes practice before both federal and state courts, representing clients in matters before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor (Wage and Hour Division), OSHA, and various arbitration proceedings. Allison regularly deals with discrimination charges and maintains considerable experience defending and contesting wrongful discharge, non-competition and employment contract matters, as well as, managing complex eDiscovery and computer forensics projects both as part of the formal discovery process and employer’s internal review and investigation. Prior to joining Branscomb | PC, Allison earned her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University and served as an officer in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, assigned primarily to the Secretary of State’s traveling team, including assignments throughout the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Following her service, Allison earned her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, and joined Branscomb |PC’s litigation group immediately thereafter.

Brian Rochel

Brian Rochel represents employees and consumers in individual and class cases. Mr. Rochel focuses his practice in Minnesota though he represents clients around the country. Mr. Rochel has successfully tried multiple cases to judgment, including several favorable jury verdicts. Mr. Rochel is very active in the legal community, including as a board member on several bar associations and employee rights organizations, and routinely volunteers his time representing clients pro bono. Mr. Rochel currently serves on the FBA’s Younger Lawyers’ Division board and as a Co-Chair on the FBA’s Labor & Employment Section.

Andrew Tuck
Andy Tuck is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Practice Group focusing on appeals, class actions and antitrust matters. Andy’s electrical engineering background allows him to represent clients entangled in litigation involving high technology whether in state court, federal court or domestic or international arbitrations.

Andy received his J.D. from the University of Georgia, where he participated in the moot court program and served as executive notes editor of the Georgia Law Review. Andy received his B.E., electrical engineering, from Vanderbilt University and worked as an electrical engineer and computer scientist in the digital signal processing field.

Following law school, Andy spent one year clerking for the Honorable B. Avant Edenfield, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, and one year clerking for the Honorable Joel F. Dubina, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Andy is heavily involved in the Atlanta community, sitting on the boards of civic, religious, educational and charitable nonprofit organizations, including the Bobby Dodd Institute, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church (Vestry), Morris Brandon Elementary School (Local School Council) and Cub Scout Pack 298. Andy recently completed the Executive Education Program in Governing for Nonprofit Excellence at Harvard Business School.
Jenifer Tomchak

Jenifer Tomchak has extensive experience representing clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, including professional and legal malpractice defense, commercial banking and equipment finance litigation, securities and investment litigation, and employment litigation. She is well recognized and admired by other Utah lawyers for the quality of her work.  She is an excellent writer and an accomplished oral advocate, regularly handling hearings in both federal and state courts. Clients appreciate her dedication to their cases and trust her to provide sound advice on how to resolve their legal issues. Ms. Tomchak has been praised by her clients for her efficient and effective approach to litigation. She serves as legal counsel to a number of small, midsize, national, and international companies, utilizing the significant resources available at Parr Brown to address the broad spectrum of legal challenges routinely confronting business leaders. Professional and Legal Malpractice Liability Defense: Ms. Tomchak has significant experience defending individual attorneys, law firms, and other professionals against claims alleging malpractice, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence.   She has been able to substantially limit the defense costs and risk of exposure for national and regional law firms and their attorneys by effectively using dispositive motions and discovery techniques to narrow the claims and potential damages asserted against them. All of which contribute to her successful record and ability to defend cases in a cost effective manner. These attributes are exemplified by her recent cases, including successfully resolving claims filed against a regional firm in the firm’s favor on a motion to dismiss; and successfully resolving claims filed against a regional firm and its attorneys in their favor on a motion for summary judgment. Commercial Banking and Equipment Finance Litigation: Ms. Tomchak has extensive experience representing clients in litigation relating to commercial banking and equipment finance laws. She represents international banks and companies in connection with enforcing their rights under equipment leases and loans through litigation, workout deals, and collection efforts. She has also represented clients in a wide variety of commercial banking litigation, including in cases with issues relating to depository and payor/drawee bank and lending liability under the Utah Uniform Commercial Code and the Truth in Lending Act.   

Securities and Investment Litigation: Ms. Tomchak has significant experience pursuing and defending securities-related claims. She has represented numerous investors in litigation against promotors and others involved in perpetrating investment fraud through Ponzi schemes and other fraudulent conduct. She has also defended large companies and officers from derivative actions and claims by minority shareholders. Employment Law: Ms. Tomchak handles a wide variety of employment law issues. She has significant experience with employment litigation, including trade secret disputes, enforcement of non-competition and nonsolicitation agreements, enforcement and defense of severance and ERISA claims, and other types of wage and discrimination claims. As part of her employment practice, Ms. Tomchak regularly advises clients with respect to employment contracts and their employment-based immigration needs, including temporary and permanent work visas, worksite enforcement, and foreign investment visas. Since early in her career, Ms. Tomchak has been recognized for her skilled representation of clients in litigation.  In 2008-2016, Ms. Tomchak was recognized in Mountain States Super Lawyers as a ‘Rising Star.’  In April of 2009, she was recognized by Utah Business magazine as one of “Utah’s 30 Women to Watch.”  She has also continuously listed in Utah Business magazine as one of Utah’s Legal Elite in business litigation. A graduate of Utah State University, Ms. Tomchak received her B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, a minor in Spanish, and a Certificate in International Relations. She interned in Washington, DC for U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, and then earned both her M.B.A. and J.D. in 2004 from the University of Utah, Order of the Coif.  Prior to joining Parr Brown, she clerked for Utah Supreme Court Justice Matthew Durrant. Ms. Tomchak makes significant contributions to her profession and community.  She is the immediate Past President of the Utah Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and has previously served on that board as the Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, its Treasurer, and its President-Elect.  She is a Past President of the Utah Young Lawyers Division and continues to serve on that board as the Chair of the Green Utah Committee.  She has also previously chaired Young Lawyers Division’s Community Service Committee.  She also serves on the board of the Litigation Section, where she chairs its Aiding the Judiciary Subcommittee and Young Lawyers Committee.  She is an active member of the Women Lawyers of Utah’s and has served on a number of committees for that organization.  She is an organizing member of the Books from Barristers Program for the Utah State Bar.  She continues to work on diversity issues, having served a Fellowship with the Multi-Cultural Legal Center and as a current member of the Utah Minority Bar Association.

Lauren Caisman
Lauren Caisman advocates for and advises clients in complex commercial, products liability, intellectual property, and class action litigation and matters in Bryan Cave LLP’s Commercial Litigation and Products Liability Client Service Groups. Based in Chicago, she has broad and substantive pretrial litigation experience in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and administrative agencies, including in pre-suit investigation, case strategy, pleadings and motion practice, written and oral discovery, court hearings, and appeals.  Ms. Caisman has represented individual and corporate clients in the aviation, luxury goods, banking, food, and media industries. She has advised and defended clients with respect to claims for breach of contract, warranty, negligence, wrongful death, personal injury, trademark infringement, and other torts. Lauren graduated cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Law where she represented Northwestern as a member of the Bartlit Center Trial Team and served as an Associate Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. During law school, Lauren also completed a judicial externship in the chambers of Northern District of Illinois Bankruptcy Judge Susan Pierson Sonderby.
Tina Goel

Tina R. Goel, Esq. currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association's Younger Lawyers Division and on the Advisory Board of the of the Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Law.  Ms. Goel is an associate at Taylor & Ryan LLC in Baltimore, MD.  Ms. Goel practices family sponsorship and employment-based immigration before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Executive Office for Immigration Review.  Her experience includes complex family-based petitions, employment visas for high-skilled workers, and waivers for criminal activity, unlawful presence, and the 2-year home residency requirement.  She has authored articles on immigration law and spoken at national and local venues on immigration issues.  She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer Association’s Military Assistance Program Committee and most recently chaired the AILA-DC chapter’s immigration law conference in the DC metro area.  She was honored to be selected to receive the Younger Lawyer of the Year Award by the FBA-ILS in 2016. She can be reached at tgoel@taylor-ryan.com.

 

Amy Boyle

Amy Boyle currently serves as a member of the National Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Amy is a litigation attorney at Halunen Law and an influential part of the Consumer Class Action Group. Amy has had a role in numerous large class actions and multi-district litigation cases across the country. Her focus is to level the playing field for her consumer clients who challenge illegal or unethical corporate conduct. Amy’s work includes lawsuits against major food and cosmetic companies for false labeling, and against manufacturers for faulty construction materials and home products. Amy is a member of the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, an invitation only organization of attorneys and judges dedicated to promoting excellence in legal advocacy. She is also a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers, and is the co-chair of the Judicial Initiative of the Equity Committee. A Cum Laude graduate of University of St. Thomas School of Law, Amy received the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Law Student Award for Excellence in Employment Law.

Katherine Marples

Kate Marples (Lawrence, KS) clerks for the Honorable Carlos Murguia of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas in Kansas City, Kansas.  She previously clerked for the Honorable K. Gary Sebelius also of the U.S. District Court in Topeka, Kansas.  Kate graduated from KU Law in 2014, where she served as the Symposium Editor of the Kansas Law Review, and KU in 2011 with a BA in Germanic Languages and Literatures.

Joe Feldstein

Joe currently serves as Deputy Solicitor General for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He represents the Commonwealth in all civil and criminal matters before the Puerto Rico Appellate Courts, United States Federal Courts and any other state or territory of the Union. Before that he served as Attorney Adviser for Federal Bureau of Prison in Puerto Rico focusing on correctional law and litigation, either through administrative or litigation channels, including such matters as inmates' reasonable access to the courts (through access to legal materials, legal correspondence, and attorney-client visits), conditions of confinement, medical care, medical malpractice issues, diet and religious accommodations, housing assignments, hygiene and sanitation, and discipline. Prior to the BOP, Joe was an Attorney a state attorney with the Federal Litigation Division in the Department of Justice of Puerto Rico, his work has focused on representing the Government of Puerto Rico and its agencies and officials (as well as ex-officials). Last but not least, Joe served as clerk to the Honorable Federal District Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí, where his work was focused on Labor and Employment Law (CBA's, ADA, ERISA, ADEA, etc.) and EMTALA claims.

Joe has been a board director of the FBA Puerto Rico Chapter from 2013 until last year. He now serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the FBA-PR Chapter. He is also the 1st Circuit Representative of the FBA-YLD.

Joe is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Federal District Court of Puerto Rico and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Shankar Ramamurthy
Shankar Ramamurthy is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan. Shankar is actively engaged in the legal community, having taught advanced legal writing at DePaul University School of Law and actively participating as an adjunct professor with the Emory School of Law's annual week-long trial techniques program.

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