Ann Dibble
Director, Tenants' Rights

ann thumb bioAnn is the Director of the Tenants’ Rights Unit, which provides assistance to tenants at risk of eviction, primarily through representation in Housing Court and before government agencies. She was previously Director of NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit, which provides comprehensive legal services to New Yorkers impacted by Superstorm Sandy and grew to become the country’s largest dedicated disaster legal services organization. Earlier, she was a supervising attorney in LegalHealth. Before joining NYLAG, Ann was in private practice, including as an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (New York and Silicon Valley) and a Director of Legal Affairs at Applied Materials, Inc. She received a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the UCLA School of Law.

Abby Biberman
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights/Public Benefits

Abby is a staff attorney specializing in public benefits and health law, including public assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, and private health insurance. Abby also provides elder law services, including Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, and Living Wills. Prior to joining NYLAG, Abby was an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at LawHelp NY at the City Bar Justice Center. During law school she interned at the New York Civil Liberties Union, Juvenile Law Center, and Brooklyn Family Defense Project. Abby received her BA from Wesleyan University, and her JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she was a Rubin-Presser Public Interest Scholar and Executive Articles and Symposium Editor of the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review.

Yekaterina Blinova
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Yekaterina is a staff attorney in the Tenants’ Rights Unit. Prior to joining TRU, she was a fellow and later a volunteer at the Family Law Unit. Yekaterina graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2013 where she was an Equal Justice Works and BLSPI Fellow and interned at various direct services organizations, including Staten Island Legal Services, Bronx Legal Services, Urban Justice Center, Day One, Sanctuary for Families, and Brooklyn Law School’s Safe Harbor Clinic.

Erica Braudy
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights/Mobile Legal Help Center

Erica Braudy is a dedicated housing attorney with the New York Legal Assistance Group. A member of the Tenants’ Rights Unit & Mobile Legal help Center since 2014, Erica specializes in eviction prevention and affirmative litigation that protects the rights and needs of New York City’s low-income communities.

Erica served as the law clerk for the Honorable Jeffrey D. Light in the Superior Court of New Jersey. She has worked in the New York State Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau, and with Housing Works and Make the Road New York.

Erica published the article, Tax A Bank, Save A Home: Judicial, Legislative, and Other Creative Efforts to Prevent Foreclosures in New York in the City University of New York Law Review in 2014. Prior to law school, Erica was the Lead Organizer of the New York Civil Liberties Union where she led numerous campaigns for LGBTQ and students’ rights.

Erica leads the Mindful Lawyering practice group, a network of CUNY Law alumni focusing on meditation, self-care, and mindfulness practice. She graduated from the City University of New York School of Law where she was a CUNY Public Interest Law Association fellow and a leading member of the CUNY Contemplative Lawyering Program. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Erica lives in Brooklyn with her partner and two kitties.

Taysha M Clark
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Michael Connors
Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow, Tenants' Rights

Priscilla DeLeon
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Jonathan Fox
Supervising Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Jonathan is a Supervising Attorney in the Tenants’ Rights Unit where he represents Brooklyn tenants facing eviction. Prior to that, Jonathan served as a Supervising Attorney in NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit representing 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.

Richard Jimenez
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Julia Lake
Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow, Tenants' Rights

Julia is a Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow in the Tenants’ Rights Unit, where she represents low-income tenants in housing court and administrative proceedings and advises clients at NYLAG’s Brooklyn Single Stop clinics.  Prior to law school, Julia was a paralegal at the Center for Family Representation in Manhattan.  During law school, she interned with NYLAG’s Special Litigation Unit, MFY Legal Services’ Housing Preservation Project, and the Legal Aid Society’s Homeless Rights Project.  She also volunteered with the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO) and South Brooklyn Legal Services’ NYCHA Hearings Project and was a clinic student with the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project.  Julia received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

D’Andrea Lancelin
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Amy Luo
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Shari Mandel
Supervising Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Shari is a Supervising Attorney in NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights Unit. She supervises the Queens Homelessness Prevention Law Project, representing low-income Queens tenants in housing court and administrative proceedings. Shari appears regularly in non-payment, holdover, and HP cases in court, and advises clients as to their rights regarding these issues. Shari also represents and advocates for clients before administrative agencies in matters such as termination of tenancy hearings. Prior to joining NYLAG, Shari worked with South Brooklyn Legal Services, the Cardozo Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic, and the Legal Aid Society. Shari received her undergraduate degree from New York University and J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Karen Marcos
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Michael Massmann
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Michael is a staff attorney in the Tenants’ Rights Unit, where he represents tenants in Queens Housing Court and administrative proceedings. While in law school, he interned at Legal Services NYC-Bronx, the Federal Trade Commission, and NYLAG. After graduating from law school, he worked as a legal fellow at the California Lawyers for the Arts before returning to New York, where he participated in the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO) in Brooklyn and the Volunteer Lawyer for the Day (VLFD) Consumer Debt Program in Queens and the Bronx. Michael received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Javier Ortiz
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Javier is a staff attorney in the Tenants’ Rights Unit. He represents low-income tenants in Queens Housing Court and administrative proceedings, with a focus on preventing eviction. Prior to joining the Housing Project, Javier was a staff attorney in NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit where he focused on flood insurance appeals and Federal/State disaster relief programs. 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. Javier is admitted to practice law in New York State.

Khushbu Patel
Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow, Tenants' Rights

Khushbu is a Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow in the Tenants’ Rights Unit. She represents low-income tenants in housing court and administrative proceedings.  She also advises tenants who are referred to NYLAG by community-based organizations at Single Stop sites. Khushbu received a J.D. from New York Law School where she was a Pro Bono Scholar at the City Bar Justice Center. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut.

Bellone Pierre-Canel
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Altagracia Pierre-Outerbridge
Supervising Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Altagracia Pierre-Outerbridge is a Supervising Attorney in NYLAG’s Tenant’s Rights Unit.  She supervises the Manhattan Homelessness Prevention Law Project representing and advising low-income tenants in administrative proceedings, including termination of tenancy, subsidy hearings, and overcharge and reduction of services complaints, before various City agencies.  In housing court, Altagracia advises clients about their rights in nonpayment cases, holdovers and HP actions for repairs.  Altagracia also litigates Article 78s in Supreme Court.  Prior to joining NYLAG, Altagracia was a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society. Earlier, she was a housing attorney with District Council 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services and an employment attorney at CWA District 1 Legal Department. Altagracia received her undergraduate degree from Manhattan College and JD from CUNY Law School. She also has an MBA in Taxation from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.

Abigail Rosenfeld
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Joseph Schofield
Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow, Tenants' Rights

Angela Stovall
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Emily Veale
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Emily is a staff attorney with the Tenants’ Rights Unit, where she represents low-income tenants in housing court and administrative proceedings.  She also advises tenants at Single Stop sites and those whom are referred to NYLAG by community-based organizations.  Prior to joining NYLAG, Emily worked at a small, private firm where she primarily handled trusts and estates matters.  Emily graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, received a Master of Arts degree from Villanova University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware.