Ann Dibble
Director, Storm Response

Ann is the Director of the Storm Response Unit. Previous to her role with this new initiative, she was a supervising attorney in NYLAG’s LegalHealth Division, where she supervised the unit’s paralegal staff and ran the SSI/SSD Application Assistance Project and Medicare Savings Project. She also ran the legal clinic at Kings County Hospital. Before joining LegalHealth in January 2005, Ann was in private practice. She was an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (New York and Silicon Valley offices), a Director of Legal Affairs at Applied Materials, Inc., and Of Counsel at the New York law firm of Tashjian & Padian. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the UCLA School of Law.

Ziska Anderson
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Ziska is a Staff Attorney in the Storm Response Unit.  She provides legal assistance to clients affected by Superstorm Sandy, including FEMA appeals and other disaster relief benefits.  She provides legal assistance both in person and via the Storm Response Hotline.  Before joining NYLAG, Ziska worked as a legal intern with the CUNY School of Law’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic, Volunteered with a Civil Court Judge at New York Civil Court, and has several years of call center experience with Con Edison.  She received her law degree from CUNY School of Law and her B.A./M.A., magna cum laude, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Berlotte Antoine
Paralegal, Storm Response

Jordan Ballard
Senior Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Jordan is a senior staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit. He advises and represents victims of Superstorm Sandy on foreclosure prevention and disaster relief issues, including FEMA appeals and flood insurance claims. Before joining NYLAG he was an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with Legal Aid of West Virginia, where he provided civil legal services to homeless and housing-insecure veterans. Jordan graduated from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a Stein Scholar and Senior Articles Editor of the Fordham Environmental Law Review. He received his B.A. from Fordham College at Rose Hill.

Keiko Cervantes-Ospina
Supervising Attorney, Storm Response

Keiko is a supervising attorney in the Storm Response Unit (SRU) on Long Island. She manages staff attorneys in Foreclosure, Housing and FEMA benefits as well as provides direct client representation. Prior to working with the SRU, she was in charge of legal clinics at Elmhurst Hospital and Woodhull Medical Center, representing patients of the hospitals on matters including immigration, housing, public benefits, and social security. Before joining LegalHealth, Keiko practiced foreclosure defense litigation at Nassau-Suffolk Law Services. She is a graduate of Pace University School of Law, where she earned a J.D. with a Certificate of Environmental Law and LLM in Real Estate and Land Use Law. She is also a graduate of Stony Brook University.

Morenike Fajana
Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Storm Response

Morenike is an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow in the Storm Response Unit where she provides direct representations to clients on a range of issues including federal disaster benefits, and consumer protection. Before joining NYLAG, she served as a David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellow at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux in Port-au-Prince Haiti, where she worked on human rights advocacy and litigation concerning sexual violence, voting rights and the ongoing cholera epidemic in Haiti. She also served as a David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellow at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin, Germany where she worked on litigation relating to abuses committed against Iraqi detainees, labor rights in Bangladesh and the unlawful use of drones in Yemen and Pakistan. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, and her B.A. in History, cum laude, from New York University.

Jonathan Fox
Supervising Attorney, Storm Response

Jonathan is a Supervising Attorney in the Storm Response Unit where he represents Sandy-affected families in consumer-related legal matters, such as contractor fraud, mechanics liens, disaster-related tax issues, and in lawsuits filed against consumers by contractors. Before joining NYLAG, Jonathan worked at The Financial Clinic where he handled consumer law cases for low-income New Yorkers and survivors of domestic violence in the areas of foreclosure defense, debt collection defense, tax, and bankruptcy. At The Financial Clinic, he also created and facilitated interactive financial development and consumer law trainings and webinars and developed companion written materials for practitioners nationwide, including domestic violence advocates, housing counselors, and financial coaches. Prior to that, Jonathan worked as a staff attorney at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Jonathan graduated from the University Connecticut School of Law with high honors and holds his BA from Columbia University.

William Friedman
Supervising Attorney, Storm Response

William is a supervising attorney in NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit. He provides direct representation to clients and manages staff attorneys in a wide variety of disaster related practice areas, including housing, foreclosure, consumer, and benefit programs. William also coordinates activities with partner agencies on Long Island. Prior to joining NYLAG, William practiced landlord-tenant and foreclosure defense litigation at Nassau-Suffolk Legal Services. He earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and his B.A. from Muhlenberg College.

Julia Howard-Gibbon
Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Storm Response

Julia is an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow in the Storm Response Unit where she provides free legal assistance to New York City victims of Superstorm Sandy. She directly represents clients in housing court in eviction and HP proceedings and provides advice and advocacy services to clients at community based organizations. Prior to joining NYLAG, Julia was a Brooklyn Law School Fellow at South Brooklyn Legal Services assisting Sandy victims with disaster related legal issues. Julia also interned in the Housing Unit at South Brooklyn Legal Services during her second summer of law school. During her first summer she interned in the Homeless Outreach and Prevention Project at the Urban Justice Center representing public assistance recipients in administrative fair hearings. During law school Julia helped co-found two student pro bono projects: the Fair Hearing Representation and Assistance Project and the NYCHA Tenant Eviction Prevention Project. Throughout her third year she also participated in the Youth Reentry clinic assisting young people with legal issues collateral to their criminal justice involvement, including housing, employment discrimination, juvenile justice, and family law matters. Prior to law school she worked as a tenant advocate in Washington DC assisting long term low income tenants in gentrifying neighborhoods in preventing their unwanted displacement. Julia graduated from Brooklyn Law School and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Elizabeth Morris
Staff Attorney, Storm Response Unit

Elizabeth is a staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit. She advises and represents clients impacted by Superstorm Sandy, focusing on NY Rising and foreclosure prevention. Prior to joining NYLAG, Elizabeth was an associate at a small law firm where she represented homeowners in foreclosure actions. Elizabeth received a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Caryn Schreiber
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Caryn is a staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit where she advises clients on flood insurance matters and provides counseling to Build it Back program applicants. Prior to joining NYLAG, Caryn worked in special education advocacy. Caryn previously worked in voter protection legal coordination with the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, where she was involved in the effort to ensure ballot access for survivors of Superstorm Sandy on Election Day, 2012. As a law student, she interned at the Brennan Center for Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project, and South Brooklyn Legal Services’ HIV Unit. Caryn graduated from Brooklyn Law School and holds a BA from Binghamton University.