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.

Inna Avrasina
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Inna is a Staff Attorney in the Storm Response Unit. She provides direct representation to clients affected by Superstorm Sandy with FEMA and other disaster benefits, and she also provides assistance with other legal issues both in person and via the Storm Response Hotline. Prior to this, she was an attorney in NYLAG’s Immigrant Protection Unit focusing on the Attorney General Project, reviewing cases and advising clients. Before joining NYLAG, Inna worked at the United Jewish Organization of Williamsburg concentrating primarily on family-based immigration cases. She received her law degree from the University of Hertfordshire Law School.

Jordan Ballard
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Jordan is a 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.

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.

Jonathan Fox
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Jonathan is a staff 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.

Alfred Fuente
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Alfred Fuente is a staff attorney working in the Storm Response Unit.  He advocates for low income individuals and undocumented immigrants impacted by Superstorm Sandy.  He drafts FEMA appeals, homeowner’s insurance appeals, flood insurance appeals, and represents clients in mediation and contract disputes.  Prior to joining NYLAG, Alfred was a Field Organizer in Miami, Florida for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.  He attended American University Washington College of Law and graduated in December 2011.  He earned two Master’s degrees from l’Universite de Paris – La Sorbonne and a B.A. from Florida State University.

Hazel Gumera
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Hazel is a staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit, advising clients on foreclosure prevention and benefits and providing direct client representation. She counsels clients on matters related to disaster relief assistance, federal and state disaster funding programs, homeowner’s and flood insurance, and home improvement contractor licenses. Prior to joining NYLAG, Hazel worked as a closing agent at Halstead Management Company and as a law clerk at a boutique immigration firm, where she researched and drafted immigration and visa petitions, and prepared purchase agreements and closing documents for residential property sales. As a law student, Hazel was a summer intern at NYLAG’s Housing Project, where she helped provide legal services to tenants for Housing Court and various agencies. Hazel was also a summer intern at the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB), where she attended violation hearings at the Environmental Control Board on behalf of the DOB’s Administrative Enforcement Unit, and drafted DOB responses to violation appeals. Prior to law school, Hazel worked as a commercial litigation paralegal at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Hazel graduated from New York Law School and was an associate at their Center for Real Estate Studies. She received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia.

Sarah Hollender
Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Storm Response

Sarah is an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow in the Storm Response Unit where she provides direct representation to clients with a focus on disaster benefits and foreclosure prevention issues. Before joining NYLAG, she was a fellow at the Pace Community Law Practice one of the nation’s first “legal residency” programs where she represented clients in immigration court and family court. She held internships at the Legal Aid Society, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc., and worked as a student attorney for two years in Pace’s Immigrant Justice Clinic. She twice received awards for pro bono service at Pace Law School. She graduated cum laude from Pace University School of Law with a J.D. and a Certificate in International Law, and received a B.A. from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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.

Jennie Kim
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Jennie is a staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit who advises and represents victims of Superstorm Sandy on foreclosure prevention, NYC and NYS disaster relief programs, consumer issues, and flood insurance claims. Before joining NYLAG, Jennie worked for a civil rights firm representing clients in federal and state courts in cases concerning civil rights violations, such as policy brutality, first amendment violations, and racial, gender, and national origin discrimination in employment and public access contexts.  She also worked as a staff attorney at Legal Services of Hudson Valley, where she represented indigent clients, clients with HIV, and domestic violence victims in many areas of law with a holistic approach.  She has handled cases in consumer law (bankruptcy and debtor defense), disability law, discrimination law, divorce proceedings, family law (custody, child neglect, child support, domestic violence, and guardianship), foreclosure, government benefits, healthcare benefits, and housing law.  Jennie also founded and served in legal clinics in the economically depressed areas of Village of Ellenville, Newburgh, and Yonkers along with immigration/DACA clinics in the underserved immigrant communities in Newburgh, Middletown, and Yonkers.  Jennie is a graduate of City University of NY Law School.  She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Estee Konor
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Estee is a staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit where she advises and represents clients impacted by Superstorm Sandy, with a focus on issues related to flood insurance, homeowner’s insurance, and consumer law. Before joining NYLAG in 2013, Estee was in private practice. She was a litigation associate at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher, where she focused on antitrust and complex commercial litigation while maintaining a robust pro bono caseload. Prior to joining NYLAG, Estee also served as a volunteer attorney with The Legal Aid Society’s Foreclosure Prevention Unit in The Bronx, for which she received the Pro Bono Publico award for public service.  She received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Matthew Kutner
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Matt is a staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit where he primarily advises Long Island clients on Foreclosure prevention and benefits, and provides direct client representation. Prior to joining NYLAG, Matt worked with complex financial instruments, corporations and represented clients before government agencies. He also represented elderly clients, as well as clients with disabilities, with MFY Legal Services’ Adult Home Advocacy Project. He has also done pro bono work on behalf of clients with mental disabilities with Mental Hygiene Legal Services, First Department, and has served as a clerk and judicial fellow with the trial and appellate courts of the State of New York. Matt is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he earned an LL.M. and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law, where he served as a Research Editor for the Hofstra Law Review. He earned his B.B.A.,cum laude, from George Washington University.

Yeshaya Larkin
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Yeshaya Larkin is an attorney in the Storm Response Unit, which he joined at its inception. Yeshaya transferred from NYLAG’s Immigration Protection Unit (IPU), where he primarily focused on the Attorney General Project, assessing cases to determine whether fraud was committed. As a law student, Yeshaya volunteered with IPU for two semesters. In addition, his law school experience provided him with a background in family law matters as he interned for a family court judge, was a participant in a semester-long divorce mediation clinic and interned at the Juvenile Rights Unit at the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County. Yeshaya graduated from Cardozo Law School in June, 2012, and is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York and is currently awaiting admission to the Connecticut Bar. Prior to law school, Yeshaya attended the Rabbinical College of America where he received his B.A in 2008.

Jane Li
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Jane is a staff attorney with NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit. In this capacity, she works on FEMA appeals and represents clients in housing court. Before joining NYLAG, Jane worked for the New York City Districting Commission, where she assisted in redrawing the New York City Council districts. She has held internships at the American Civil Liberties Union, HIV Law Project, Center for Constitutional Rights, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Jane received a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.S. from Georgetown University.

Zachary Liszka
Law Graduate, Storm Response

Zach is a law graduate in NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit where he advocates for victims of Superstorm Sandy with a focus on insurance and public benefits matters. Prior to joining NYLAG, Zach was a fellow at Center for Constitutional Rights where he worked on Freedom of Information Law issues related to Wikileaks. He was also a fellow at the Mayer Law Group, where he worked closely on Hedges, et al. v. Obama, which involved First and Fifth amendment issues surrounding Executive branch authority to militarily detain U.S. citizens under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. Zach is a May 2013 graduate of the Benjamin. N. Cardozo School of Law with a concentration in Litigation and held the position of co-president of the Cardozo chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. He passed the 2013 New York State Bar Examination.

Brenda Munoz Furnish
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Brenda is a staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit. She advises and represents clients in New York City and on Long Island on homeowner’s and flood insurance related issues. Prior to joining NYLAG, Brenda worked as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Texas and as a Deputy County Public Defender for Maricopa County in Phoenix, Arizona. Brenda received her law degree from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law.

Sunny Noh
Supervising Attorney, Storm Response

Sunny is a supervising attorney with NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit (SRU) in New York City. She manages three staff attorneys in foreclosure, housing, and FEMA benefits as well as provides direct client representation. Before working with the SRU, she provided representation and advocacy services to clients in housing court and before various administrative agencies, such as NYCHA, DHCR, and DHPD. Prior to joining NYLAG, Sunny volunteered in the Community Development Unit at the Urban Justice Center, where she worked on a range of cases involving housing, commercial leasing and foreclosure issues. Sunny received her law degree, cum laude, from the University at Buffalo Law School, S.U.N.Y. and her B.A. from the University of Washington.

Javier Ortiz
Law Graduate, Storm Response

Javier is a law graduate in the Storm Response Unit where he advocates for victims of Superstorm Sandy with a focus on flood insurance appeals, homeowner’s insurance appeals and FEMA appeals. Javier also provides advocacy at a local outreach site in Long Beach, NY. Prior to joining NYLAG, Javier held internships at the St. Vincent de Paul Securities Arbitration Clinic, the Unites States Department of Justice Fraud Section, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Javier received his B.A., cum laude, from Drew University. He earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, where he held senior staff positions on both the Moot Court Honor Society and the New York Litigator Law Journal.

Queenie Paniagua
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Queenie is a staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit, where she provides legal assistance to New York City victims of Superstorm Sandy.  She provides advice and counsel to storm victims who may have legal questions about their rights as tenants. Queenie also directly represents clients in housing court, and provides advice and advocacy services to clients at local outreach sites in Coney Island and Far Rockaway. While in law school, Queenie gained housing experience in the St. John’s University School of Law Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Clinic, where she represented immigrant tenants affected by substandard housing conditions in Queens County Housing Court. She earned her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and her B.A. from Fairfield University.

Fern Summer
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Fern is a staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit (SRU) where she focuses on insurance issues affecting victims of Superstorm Sandy, providing assistance to clients who face difficulty resolving problems with flood and homeowners insurers.  Prior to joining NYLAG, Fern consulted for small businesses.  She headed the legal department at a niche health and accident insurer on Long Island where she focused on ensuring compliance with state insurance law and regulations.  She spent eight years at the New York State Insurance Department (now Department of Financial Services) in the Office of General Counsel where she worked closely with both Consumer Services and Frauds Bureau staff.  Fern received her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law where she was a Dean’s Fellow in Real Estate, her M.S. in Technology of Management from American University and her B.A. from Stony Brook University.

Sam Wachtel
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Sam is a staff attorney in NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit where he focuses on insurance issues affecting victims of Superstorm Sandy. Prior to joining NYLAG, Sam worked at the New York State Insurance Department (now Department of Financial Services) in the Office of General Counsel where he was responsible for the management of the Department’s regulatory program including development of regulations and coordination with the Department of State and the Governor’s Office to ensure statutory compliance. He also served as liaison between the Office of General Counsel and Consumer Services Bureau. Sam received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law (Bloomington, Indiana) and his B.A. from Queens College (CUNY).

Berlotte Antoine
Paralegal, Storm Response

Shruti Banerjee
Paralegal, Storm Response

Emlyne Chery
Paralegal, Storm Response

Karen Cornelio
Paralegal, Storm Response

Jenna Flannigan
Attorney, Storm Response

Juliana Perez Calle
Paralegal, Storm Response

Jeanette Umpierre
Paralegal, Storm Response