Tony is a nationally recognized litigator and trial attorney who joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund after a 15-year career as a partner with the largest law firm in the world. Tony’s path to the Animal Legal Defense Fund began when he was a young associate encouraged by a colleague with a passion for animal law. Tony went on to work on several pro bono cases with the Animal Legal Defense Fund before he joined as full time staff.
Tony was named a national Law360 Rising Star for 2014, an honor bestowed on a select group of lawyers under the age of 40 (Tony was one of eight nationwide in the class action category). Tony has also been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer each of the past four years after appearing on that publication’s “Rising Star” list for the prior three years.
While in private practice, Tony received several awards for his pro bono efforts, and served as the co-chair of the Pro Bono Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee for five years where he worked to facilitate attorney pro bono participation in the federal circuit courts of appeal.
Tony graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2002, and received his undergraduate degree in political science from Arizona State University in 1999. He is admitted to practice law in Minnesota and Illinois, and is based in Chicago.
Tony is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending free time with his significant other, Kirsten, and their rescue (and agility superstar) beagle-mix Watson. They are currently on the lookout for a rescue dog buddy for Watson.