DRI Faculty List

2021 Appellate Advocacy Virtual Seminar

May 27, 2021

Judge Danny J. Boggs
US Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit

Judge Danny J. Boggs graduated from Harvard and the University of Chicago Law School. In Kentucky, he was Legal Counsel to the Governor and in Washington he was Assistant to the Solicitor General, served in the Federal Power Commission and the Senate Energy Committee, as Assistant Director of the White House Policy Office, and Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Energy Department. In 1986 he was appointed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and was its Chief Judge from 2003 to 2009.

Tillman J. Breckenridge
Breckenridge PLLC

Tillman J. Breckenridge is the principal of Breckenridge PLLC in Washington, D.C. He has represented companies, organizations, individuals, and foreign, state, and local governments in cases valued in the millions and billions of dollars before the Supreme Court of the United States, every federal court of appeals, and several state courts. He also has taught appellate advocacy at the William and Mary Law School. Tillman's work has led to numerous honors, including being named to Savoy Magazine's Most Influential Black Lawyers in America, an honorary member of the Order of the Barristers, a Washington, DC SuperLawyer, and Virginia's Legal Elite.

Lawrence S. Ebner
Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC and Atlantic Legal Foundation

Lawrence S. Ebner is Founder, Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC and Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Atlantic Legal Foundation. He has extensive experience strategizing and authoring amicus briefs at both the petition and merits stages in the Supreme Court, and in federal courts of appeals and state appellate courts. He serves as Immediate Past Chair of DRI's Amicus Committee, and oversees all aspects of the Atlantic Legal Foundation's amicus program. Larry has written extensively about preparation of amicus briefs, for example, in his For The Defense article Learning the High Art of Amicus Brief Writing. He also has recorded a one-hour on-demand webinar for DRI titled Friendly Persuasion: Drafting & Using High-Impact Amicus Briefs.

Adam W. Hofmann
Hanson Bridgett LLP

Adam W. Hofmann is a partner with Hanson Bridgett LLP and is the assistant leader of the firm's appellate practice. Adam has argued cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and in every Court of Appeal in California. He has also filed merits briefs on behalf of amici curiae in the U.S. and California Supreme Courts, and he received the International Municipal Lawyers' Association's Amicus Advocacy Award for 2018. Outside of work, Adam teaches courses in land-use and local-government law at the University of San Francisco School of Law and coaches moot-court teams at the U.C. Davis School of Law. Adam is the Program Chair of the 2021 Appellate Advocacy Seminar.

Deborah S. Hunt
United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit

Deborah S. Hunt is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Law. She has served as Clerk of Court in several courts in the federal system and has been the Clerk of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals since 2012. Prior to entering federal service her practice was varied including areas of criminal defense, Native American, employment and civil rights law. She is the mother of two adult children.

Juvaria Khan
The Appellate Project

Juvaria Khan interest in the law stems from her passion for civil rights advocacy. After clerking for the Honorable Michael P. Shea in the District Court of the District of Connecticut, Juvaria worked at the law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, where she maintained a heavy pro bono practice focusing on racial and religious discrimination claims. She then served as a Senior Staff Attorney at the national legal advocacy organization Muslim Advocates where she successfully combined litigation and public campaign strategies in cases ranging from public accommodation claims to religious land use lawsuits. Juvaria's work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Independent, and Bloomberg Law. She is a frequent public speaker on issues related to civil rights and diversity. Juvaria is a recipient of the 2021 Roddenberry Fellowship, 2020 American Express NGen Fellowship, and the Asian American Bar Association of DC's 2020 Community Appreciation Award. Juvaria received her B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from New York University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Michael B. King
Carney Badley Spellman PS

Michael B. King is a principal of Carney Badley Spellman in Seattle, Washington, where his practice focuses on appellate litigation. King has argued over 170 cases to full merits panels, and has represented clients before state and federal appellate courts across the United States. King is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and a past chair of DRI's Appellate Advocacy Committee. He has spoken on appellate practice issues at conferences around the country.

Mary Re Knack
Ogden Murphy Wallace PLLC

Mary Re Knack is a member of the Healthcare and Litigation Departments at Ogden Murphy Wallace. Her practice focuses on insurance, healthcare and civil matters. Re provides a wide range of legal services to members of the healthcare industry including regulatory compliance, confidentiality and privacy-related compliance services including HIPAA and state laws, licensing and risk management related services and related investigations, federal and state agency investigations, guidance and representation related to medical staffing, and defense of professional negligence claims. Re also provides guidance and advice to the insurance industry and self-insureds with respect to their obligations under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA). Re was named to the Washington Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine for 2005 and 2010 – 2017. She has also been recognized by Seattle Met magazine as a "Top Lawyer" in Health Care for 2011 and has been designated as one of the "Top Women Attorneys in Washington" for 2012 – 2017.

Steven P. Lehotsky
Lehotsky Keller LLP

Steven P. Lehotsky has unparalleled experience developing and executing litigation strategies to help businesses and trade associations address their most important regulatory and public-policy challenges. Before founding Lehotsky Keller LLP, Mr. Lehotsky directed the litigation strategy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's leading business federation, where he worked from 2013-2021.

Mary Massaron
Plunkett Cooney PC

Mary Massaron is a partner with Plunkett Cooney, P.C., in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In 30 years of appellate practice and some 50 published opinions, Mary has represented clients in all Michigan appellate courts, the appellate courts of Alabama, California, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio, as well as the Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, and the Tribal Court of Appeals. She is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers a member of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence's Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Michigan Appellate Bench Bar Conference Foundation, and past president of DRI. Before going into private practice, Mary served as a clerk for the Hon. Patricia J. Boyle of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Lee Mickus
Evans Fears & Schuttert

Lee Mickus, a partner at Snell & Wilmer LLP in Denver, defends manufacturers during the discovery, trial, and appellate stages of product liability lawsuits. He has handled products cases involving automobiles, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and industrial machinery. Mr. Mickus has successfully tried cases to juries in many states, including Colorado, Texas, California, New York, and Montana.

Richik Sarkar
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Richik Sarkar of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP is a staunch business advocate, advisor, and fixer for his clients and organizations. He spearheads commercial, consumer and cyber security cases and projects for small, middle market, and Fortune 500 companies and is a nationally recognized class action and commercial litigator. Richik is also one of The Best Lawyers in America® is an Ohio Super Lawyer and is on Lawyers of Color's "Nation's Best" list.

Michael B. Wallace
Wise Carter Child

Michael B. Wallace of Jackson, Mississippi, handles complex civil litigation with an emphasis on appellate practice. After graduating from the University of Virginia Law School, he clerked for Justice William Rehnquist. He is a former Chair of DRI's Appellate Advocacy Committee.