Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The FBA Board of Directors are the governing body of the association.

The Board of Directors consists of the president, president-elect, treasurer, and 12 elected directors who represent segments of the membership.  There are three ex officio members and the executive director who attend Board meetings but are non-voting members of the Board.


Hon. Michael J. Newman, President

Hon. Michael J. Newman was appointed as a magistrate judge in the Southern District of Ohio in July 2011.

Kip T. Bollin, President-Elect

Kip T. Bollin is a litigation partner at Thompson Hine LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, focusing on the defense of product liability and business claims, including putative class actions.

Maria Z. Vathis, Treasurer

Maria Z. Vathis is Of Counsel at Bryan Cave LLP in Chicago.

Elected Members

W. West Allen

West serves as Government Relations Committee Chair for the FBA. He previously served as Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Vice Presidents of the Circuits from 2009 to 2011.

Hon. Robin Feder

Hon. Robin E. Feder (personal capacity) was appointed as an immigration judge by the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, in November 2006. She is the immediate past chair of the Board of Immigration Appeals Precedent Decision Committee.

David A. Goodwin

David Goodwin is an attorney with Gustafson Gluek PLLC. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A. 2001) and DePaul University College of Law (J.D. 2006). David was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 2006.

Katherine Gonzalez-Valentín

Katherine González-Valentín is a Senior Member at Ferraiuoli, LLC and Chair of the Labor & Employment Department.

Karleen J. Green

Karleen Green has a blended labor and employment practice which concentrates on employee benefits and employment matters for both public and private employers, including compliance with federal and state employment laws as well as ERISA, HIPAA, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and COBRA. She represents clients in various industries, including construction, health care, public utilities, package and freight delivery, financial services, fueling, gaming, industrial equipment, insurance, real estate, food service, education, and state and local government.

Jonathan Hafen

Jonathan Hafen has extensive experience representing clients in federal and state courts. He has been widely praised by clients and peers for his skilled and efficient approach to litigation. As a trial lawyer, Hafen handles a wide variety of litigation, including cases in the areas of securities and investment law, employment law, breach of contract, property disputes, road and access cases, intellectual property, medical devices, pharmaceutical products, disputes over ownership and control of businesses, class actions, and construction law.

Kristin Kimmelman

Kristin Kimmelman is a research and writing specialist with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Western District of Texas in El Paso, Texas.

Anh Le Kremer

Anh Le Kremer is the General Counsel of Center For Diagnostic Imagining, one of the largest provider networks for diagnostic imaging and radiology services in the nation.

Glen R. McMurry

Glen McMurry formally joined the FBA in August 2010, shortly before his election as president of the Dayton, Ohio, Chapter. At that time, the Dayton Chapter’s membership hovered between 20 and 30 members, and the chapter hosted only one event per year.

Dawn E. Stern

Dawn E. Stern is an Associate at DLA Piper, LLC in Washington, D.C. where she practices Government Contracts law.

Vildan A. Teske

Vildan Teske is a founding partner of Teske, Micko, Katz, Kitzer & Rochel in Minneapolis, Minn. She has a national practice focused on complex litigation on behalf of consumers, employees, and service members.

Christie C. Varnado

Christine “Christie” Companion Varnado joined The Seibels Law Firm, P.A. in Charleston, South Carolina as a partner in 2009. Since 1993, her civil litigation practice has...

Ex Officio Members

Hon. Alison S. Bachus, Vice President for the Circuits Chair

Alison S. Bachus serves as a Judge for the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County. Prior to her appointment to the bench by Arizona Governor Ducey in September 2015, Judge Bachus was Senior Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Phoenix, Arizona.

Christian K. Adams, Sections and Divisions Council Chair

Christian K. Adams is the founder and managing partner at Adams Miyashiro Krek LLP headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii where he concentrates his practice on complex civil and appellate litigation.