Vice Presidents for the Circuits

Vice Presidents of the Circuits

An integral part of the national operation of the Federal Bar Association is its circuit structure and the corresponding two Vice Presidents for each Circuit.  The circuits are the same as the 12 Federal Judicial Circuits and encompass the states, territories, and possessions of the United States.

First Circuit


Scott Lopez


Scott Lopez is a partner at Lawson & Weitzen, LLP where he concentrates his practice on white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation.


Oreste R. Ramos


Oreste R. Ramos is a capital member with the litigation practice group of Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLC in San Juan, PR. He is a past president of the PR Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and a life fellow of the Foundation of the FBA.


Second Circuit


Olivera Medenica


Olivera Medenica is a member of DBM’s intellectual property, advertising, art and fashion law, international, and litigation and arbitration practice areas with almost two decades of experience advising domestic and foreign businesses in fashion, retail, media and entertainment on transactional, litigation and arbitration matters.


Ernest T. Bartol


Ernest T. Bartol received a Juris Doctorate Degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1970. Admitted to the New York Bar in 1971, Mr. Bartol served the President of the Federal Bar Association Eastern District of New York Chapter from 2011-2013


Third Circuit


Christian Haugsby


Christian Haugsby is a graduate of Kenyon College and The University of Michigan Law School and currently serves as a law clerk to The Honorable Martin C. Carlson, United States Magistrate for the Middle District of Pennsylvania


Frank J. McGovern


Frank J. McGovern joined Title Resources Guaranty Company in January 2012 as Northeast Underwriting Counsel. He started his title career in 1997, as an attorney and title agent with a real estate firm and title insurance agency.


Fourth Circuit


Kacy Hunt


Kacy is an attorney in the Transportation Division of the NC Dept of Justice and primarily represents the NC Dept of Transportation. .


Hannah Rogers Metcalfe


Hannah Metcalfe was appointed to serve as the Vice President for the Fourth Circuit in 2015.


Fifth Circuit


Paul Barkhurst


Paul has extensive litigation experience in business and real estate disputes. He has developed a special concentration in the area of eminent domain, representing landowners as well as governmental entities in numerous such lawsuits, involving millions of dollars. Paul has successfully represented numerous owners in ranch power line takings, pipeline cases, and highway construction cases. Paul also represents governmental entities in construction disputes, and has represented contractors and subcontractors in private disputes. He also has extensive experience handling complex business dissolution and injunction cases.


Hon. Barry W. Ashe


The Honorable Barry W. Ashe is a United States District Judge in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was appointed to the bench of the United States District Court for the eastern District of Louisiana on August 30, 2018. Prior to entering on duty with the court.


Sixth Circuit


Donna Mikel


Donna practices almost exclusively in federal court and her practice focuses on representing plaintiffs in employment-law disputes. Donna co-founded a small boutique employment law firm in 2019 and, prior to that, was a partner at a prestigious Chattanooga employment firm.


Glen McMurry


Glen McMurry is a Partner at the law firm of Dungan & LeFevre Co., LPA in Troy, Ohio practicing in the areas of business and commercial litigation. He was appointed by FBA National President Kip Bolin to serve as a Sixth Circuit Vice-President in 2018. Glen has been an active participant in the FBA for nearly a decade, joining the FBA in 2010 when he worked to restart the Dayton, Ohio Chapter. Glen served as the Dayton, Ohio Chapter President for three years (2010-2012).


Seventh Circuit


Melissa Schoenbein


Melissa Schoenbein is Career Law Clerk to Senior District Judge Michael Mihm at U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. She has been a member of the FBA since 2015 and has served as President, Vice President, Secretary, and National Delegate for the FBA’s local Central District of Illinois Chapter.


Kevin G. Desharnais


Kevin Desharnais is a litigator and corporate counselor whose practice is focused on environmental law, including air, land, water, wetlands and noise matters.


Eighth Circuit


David Goodwin


David Goodwin is an equity partner with Gustafson Gluek PLC in Minneapolis. Hi practice focuses on complex litigation including antitrust, consumer protection, and, and securities cases.


Adine Momoh


Adine S. Momoh currently serves as an Eighth Circuit Vice President of the Federal Bar Association and Chair-Elect for the Federal Bar Association’s Younger Lawyers Division.


Ninth Circuit


Laura Conover, Vice-Chair


Laura grew up in the Old Pueblo of Tucson and stayed to raise a family and grow a criminal defense and justice advocacy practice. She very much enjoys helping Chapter Presidents across the vast Ninth Circuit as CVP and representing the FBA on Capitol Hill Day each year as a member of the Government Relations Committee.


Darrel Gardner, Secretary


Darrel Gardner is a life-long Alaskan and a Federal Public Defender in Anchorage. He is a former president of the Alaska Chapter of the FBA, chair-elect of the FBA’s Criminal Section, and a member of the FBA’s Membership Committee. He is also the immediate past-president of the Alaska Bar Association and the immediate past-chair of the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives’ Coordinating Committee.


Tenth Circuit


Suzanne Mitchell


Suzanne Mitchell began serving on the bench as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Oklahoma on February 1, 2013. She authors over one hundred orders and reports annually, handles numerous pretrial felony proceedings, presides over the Department of Veteran Affairs Central Violations Bureau Court, and manages busy prisoner and social security appeal dockets


Kristen R. Angelos


Kristen R. Angelos is an Assistant Federal Defender at the Utah Federal Defender Office and has worked in that capacity for over 18 years.


Eleventh Circuit


Oliver Ruiz


Oliver is a partner with the intellectual property law firm of Malloy & Malloy, P.L., and is based in Miami, Florida. His areas of practice include intellectual property litigation, and trademark application matters.


Mike Vitale, Chair


Mike Vitale is partner at the law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP, where he has practiced law since 2007. His practice includes civil and complex business litigation across the State of Florida, where he has trial experience at both the federal and state level.


District of Columbia Circuit


Patricia Ryan



Elizabeth Pugh


Elizabeth Pugh has enjoyed a 40-year distinguished career in government service. For the past 20 years, she has served as General Counsel of the Library of Congress.


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