Board of Directors

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’ volunteer Board of Directors is committed to providing access to legal justice for poor and low-income individuals who have nowhere else to turn. The Board of Directors is comprised of individual attorneys, those from private law firms, corporate leaders and former LAFLA clients.


Board Officers

Debra L. Fischer: President
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

James M. Burgess: Vice President
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Michael Maddigan: Secretary
Hogan Lovells US LLP

Sean Eskovitz: Treasurer
Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz LLP

Karen J. Adelseck: Client Chair
Long Beach Senior Latino Club

Wesley Walker: Client Vice Chair
Los Angeles Community Action Network


Board Members

Robert L. Adler
Edison International (Retired)

Chris M. Amantea
Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Terry B. Bates
Reed Smith LLP

Elliot Brown
Irell & Manella LLP

Colin G. Cabral
Proskauer Rose LLP

Chella Coleman
Los Angeles Community Action Network

Sean A. Commons
Sidley Austin LLP

Carissa Coze
Jenner & Block LLP

E. Martin Estrada
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Joseph Farrell
Latham & Watkins LLP

Marc Feinstein
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Felix Garcia
WISE and Healthy Aging

Tracy D. Hensley
KPMG LLP

James E. Hornstein
Moldex-Metric, Inc.

Amy Lerner-Hill
City National Bank

Clementina Lopez
Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education

Louise Mbella
Los Angeles Community Action Network

James M. McAdams
Pierry & McAdams, LLP

Adam S. Paris
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Joseph Paunovich
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

R. Alexander Pilmer
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

C. Cleo Ray
WISE and Healthy Aging

Craig O. Robert
LA-CAN

Kareen Sandoval
Koreatown Youth &
Community Center

Kahn A. Scolnick
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Marc M. Seltzer
Susman Godfrey LLP

Martin T. Tachiki
Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office (Retired)

Ronald B. Turovsky
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Rita L. Tuzon
Fox Networks Group

Patricia Vining
South Los Angeles Client Advisory Council

Office Locations

We also have three Domestic Violence Clinics, located at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Courthouse and the Long Beach Courthouse.

LAFLA operates four Self-Help Legal Access Centers located in the Inglewood, Long Beach, Santa Monica and Torrance courthouses.