Richard Rosenthal Esq.
Richard Rosenthal is Managing Director and the Global Conflicts Officer with Morgan Stanley. Mr. Rosenthal has been with Morgan Stanley for 30 years and is Co-Chair of the Americas Franchise Committee and a member of the Global Franchise Committee. From 1993 to 2011, Mr. Rosenthal was General Counsel for EMEA. In addition, he co-chaired the EMEA Franchise Committee, as well as sat on the EMEA Equity Underwriting and Restructuring Committees. Mr. Rosenthal also served as a member of the FSA General Counsel’s Advisory Group.
Prior to assuming his role in London, he headed up day-to-day legal coverage for Investment Banking and Merchant Banking in New York. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Rosenthal was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and London. Mr. Rosenthal received a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s of business administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a law degree from the New York University Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review.
David Karopkin, Esq.
David Karopkin, Esq. is a Brooklyn-based attorney. Since 2017, David has
volunteered as a wildlife advisor to Voters for Animal Rights (VFAR). David first became
an advocate for urban wildlife protection in 2010, when he established GooseWatch
NYC, which subsumed his interests in law, politics, and animal rights.
graduating from Brooklyn Law School in 2015, David held positions in the New York City
Council, New York State Assembly, and a clerkship in the New York State Supreme
Court. Then, he started a private law practice which handled a range of cases including
animal protection issues, before joining Animal Care Centers of NYC as General
Counsel last year.
Kevan Cleary Esq.
Kevan Cleary graduated from New York University and then went on to the Cardozo
School of Law. He was an associate at Cravath, working under David Boies. He now
works at United States Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York, where he
has litigated wetlands protection cases and endangered species importation cases.
recently litigated a case against a port-a-potty company which was encroaching on the
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. He was also on the adjunct faculty at Brooklyn Law
School and Touro Medical School. He has written animal rescue articles in the New
York Daily News. He volunteers at the New York City Animal Care & Control shelter in
Brooklyn and has rescued three dogs, Sophie, Ollie and Luke.
Don Riepe - Retired in 2003 from the National Park Service where he worked as a
naturalist ranger and manager of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in NYC .
Currently, he is employed as Jamaica Bay Guardian for the American Littoral
Society where he leads nature walks around Jamaica Bay, organizes marsh
restoration projects and ecotours to national and international destinations.
has written many articles
on natural history subjects
and his photographs have
been published in many
journals including Scientific
Naturalist, Parade and The
New York Times.
He has an
M.S. in Natural Resources
Management from the
University of New
Bryne W. Pease, Esq.
Bryan Pease is a nationally recognized civil rights, environmental and animal protection attorney based in San Diego and licensed in California and New York, defending free speech, holding government agencies accountable, and stopping harmful and destructive industry practices throughout the United States.
Bryan has been rated by the national ratings firm SuperLawyers as one of the top 5% of civil rights lawyers every year consecutively from 2017 through 2021. SuperLawyers bases its ratings solely on peer recommendations, ethical standards, and achievement, and cannot be purchased.
Bryan has won federal civil rights cases from Baltimore to Los Angeles defending the rights of vegan activists to pass out flyers about cruelty-free eating and other issues without being arrested by police simply for doing so, and against the San Diego Police who even arrested a community activist for registering voters outside of City Hall during the 2011 Occupy protests.
Bryan's nationwide undercover investigations and lawsuits against factory farm cruelty have been featured in the national bestseller The Foie Gras Wars by Chicago Tribune reporter Mark Caro. Bryan has also been quoted in the New York Times here, here, here, here, and here on this issue, and featured in a Vice News special report on banning force feeding cruelty in California.
Bryan's multiple lawsuits against the City of San Diego saved a treasured harbor seal colony from having the beach where they give birth and nurse their pups destroyed. Bryan's work on this issue has been extensively covered by national media including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times (here, here, and here), and NPR's This American Life.
When 10 puppy stores in California began fraudulently labeling puppy mill puppies as "rescues" to evade a 2019 law banning the sale of non-rescue dogs in pet stores and authorities failed to act, Bryan systematically shut each one down by filing seven state and federal cases across three counties and obtaining injunctions.
Bryan has opened up hundreds of shopping malls across California to greater free speech rights by filing dozens of lawsuits on behalf of activists against mall owners large and small that had tried to stifle free speech, including Westfield, Fashion Valley, Fashion Island, Irvine Company, Simon Properties, the iconic LA Farmers Market, and many more.
You can reach Bryan through email by writing to bryan at bryanpease dot com.