Animal activists continue to find new and different ways to challenge animal agriculture and other animal industries in the courtroom. Their litigation strategies are often coordinated with legislative, media/public relations and federal agency engagement. During the Animal Agriculture Alliance 2019 Stakeholder Summit, attendees will get to hear from two seasoned animal law attorneys who have decades of experience in handling high stakes litigation and public relations battles against animal activist groups.
This year’s Summit, themed “A Seat At The Table,” will be held May 8-9 at the InterContinental at the Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, Mo. The session Securing Your Seat: Legal Developments in Animal Activism will include John Simpson and Michelle Pardo, partners at Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally.
- Simpson is experienced in the conduct of complex, protracted federal court litigation and has a deep background in federal administrative law involving multiple U.S. regulatory programs. Simpson achieved a national profile in the area of animal law and animal rights litigation. He tried a landmark case under the Endangered Species Act to a defense verdict for the client in a case that received international media attention.
- Pardo has developed extensive experience in animal law and animal rights litigation and regulatory counseling, including representation of businesses or entities in the entertainment, agricultural, food production, educational and research spaces whose operations involve animals or animal products or services.
The Animal Ag Alliance has also announced that discounted registration rates for the Summit have been extended through April 12. The hotel block at the official Summit hotel is full. An overflow room block is available at the Hampton Inn & Suites Kansas City Country Club Plaza for Summit attendees until April 15 or until rooms are sold out. To view the agenda, register and book your hotel, visit Summit.AnimalAgAlliance.org.