Elected Members


Hon. Alison S. Bachus, Director

I am entering my second year as a Board member for FBA. In my first year of Board service, I chaired President Bollin’s Nominations and Elections Task Force, which examined the association’s elections procedures. From 2012 to 2017, I served as a Vice President for the Ninth Circuit. I was Chair of the Circuit Vice Presidents for the 2016-17 FBA year.

Andrew K. Clark, Director

I am an equity partner at LeClairRyan, PLLC in Richmond, Virginia. The focus of my practice is on all aspects of high-stakes business litigation in both state and federal court, including commercial and contract disputes, construction and mechanic’s lien disputes, personal injury and wrongful death prosecution and defense, insurance coverage disputes, estate and trust disputes, and other general civil matters. .

Hon. Robin Feder, Director

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

David A. Goodwin, Director

David Goodwin is a member of Gustafson Gluek PLLC. He is a graduate of the University of Wiscon¬sin-Madison (B.A. 2001) and DePaul University College of Law (J.D. 2006). David was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 2006. His practice focuses on complex class action litigation including antitrust, consum¬er protection, and civil rights litigation.

Jonathan Hafen, Director

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.

Joseph S. Leventhal, Director

At the national level of the FBA, he currently serves on the Community Service Committee and previously served as the Chair of the Chapter Activity Fund Committee, as a member of the GRC, as a member of the SOLACE Committee, as a member of the Elections and Nominations Committee, and as a member of the Board of the YLD.

Kevin A. Maxim, Director

Kevin A. Maxim is the principal of The Maxim Law Firm, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia. He litigated in national law firms for fourteen years before forming The Maxim Law Firm roughly ten years ago. The firm’s litigation practice focuses on issues arising from contracts, real estate, the Internet, fraud, insurance, and the gamut of business disputes including those arising from restrictive covenants and trade secrets.

Hon. Karoline Mehalchick, Director

The Honorable Karoline Mehalchick is a United States Magistrate Judge in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she was appointed to the bench of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on July 15, 2013

Kelly Titus Scalise, Director

Kelly Titus Scalise has been a member of the Federal Bar Association for over 15 years and has served in a leadership role for all of those years. After joining the FBA in November 2001, Scalise became a board member of the Younger Lawyers Division (YLD) of the New Orleans Chapter.

Vildan A. Teske, Director

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

John R. Thomas, Director

John has significant experience representing individuals and businesses in a variety of civil and criminal litigation, as well as providing strategic advice in science policy and research administration matters. John is a partner with Healy Hafemann Magee and lives in Roanoke, Virginia, with his wife and four children.

Jessica Toplin, Director

Jessica R. Toplin is a Trial Attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. Ms. Toplin joined the Department of Justice in 2008 through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Ms. Toplin specializes in Government Contracts and Federal Employment litigation and represents various federal agencies before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of Federal Claims.


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