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 has been a member of the Federal Bar Association since the beginning of her legal career. She served as Chicago Chapter President in 2011.

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.

Richard S. Dellinger

Richard Dellinger is partner in Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor and Reed, P.A. and his practice includes civil litigation, federal civil and criminal litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, and family law.

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.

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.

Hon. Elizabeth A. Kronk Warner

Hon. Elizabeth A. Kronk Warner is an Associate Professor of Law at The University of Kansas School of Law where she serves as the director of the Tribal law and Government Center and as an Affiliated Professor of Indigenous Studies.

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

Christian K. Adams, Sections and Divisions Council Chair

Christian Adams is a partner in the litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice group at Carlsmith Ball LLP in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he concentrates his practice on complex commercial and appellate litigation.

Glen R. McMurry, Younger Lawyers Division Chair