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. Gustavo Gelpi, Jr., President

The Honorable Gustavo A. Gelpi, Jr. has been a FBA member since 1992. He was president of the Puerto Rico Chapter in 2000, then served as vice president for the First Circuit for two terms, from 2002–2006. He next served on the national Board of Directors from 2006–2009. In 2012 Judge Gelpi served as National Treasurer and in 2013 as President Elect.

Matthew B. Moreland, President-Elect

Matthew B. Moreland began his involvement with the FBA through the National YLD’s Moot Court Program under a new appointment to the National FBA YLD Board of Directors.

Mark K. Vincent, Treasurer

Mark K. Vincent is a 17-year active member of the Federal Bar Association and a Fellow of the FBA Foundation. Mark is also a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Utah.

Elected Members

Christian K. Adams

Christian Adams is a partner in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group at Carlsmith Ball LLP in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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.

Simeon H. Baum

Simeon Baum, president of Resolve Mediation Services, Inc., has successfully mediated over 900 disputes. An attorney, with over 25 years’ experience as a litigator, Simeon has served as a mediator or ADR neutral in a wide variety of matters.

Kip T. Bollin

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.

Raymond J. Dowd

Ray Dowd is a partner in Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP in New York City. He has conducted numerous bench and jury trials and arbitrations.

Anh Le Kremer

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

Kevin A. Maxim

Kevin A. Maxim established Atlanta’s The Maxim Law Firm, P.C. in January 2009. He has represented clients from throughout the country in civil litigation matters pending in Georgia and the Southeast.

Matthew C. Moschella

Matthew C. Moschella is a partner at Sherin and Lodgen LLP in Boston, Mass. where he represents clients in all types of civil litigation.

Patrick E. O’Keefe

O'Keefe is a 1975 graduate of Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. He was captain of the National Championship Moot Court Team in 1974 and he was selected Best Oralist in the national competition....

Elizabeth G. Smith

Beth operates the Law Offices of Elizabeth G. Smith in San Antonio concentrating her practice in the areas of Creditor’s Rights in federal and state courts. Beth currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association and as a member of the FBA Members Benefits Committee and FBA Audit Committee

Maria Z. Vathis

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.

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.

Ex Officio Members

Hon. Michelle Burns

Hon. Michelle Burns is currently a U.S. magistrate judge in Phoenix, Ariz., appointed to the bench on Mar. 1, 2007.

Stephen R. Jackson

Steve is a partner with Willcox & Savage, P.C. in Norfolk, Virginia and has been a member of the Federal Bar Association for over 20 years.