Barry Baer, Treasurer
Barry Baer is a full time financial management operator and advisor with extensive experience as a Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of public, private and not for profit entities. With over 40 plus years of experience, he also serves on various boards of companies and not for profits as a volunteer. Barry is the CFO of NeoMedia Technologies, Inc where he provides financial, organizational, and operational advice to CEO and staff and ensures compliance with SEC regulations and guidance. Barry also serves as the CFO at Mind Life Institute, Max Katz Bag Company, and Financial Advisor at Action Marketing Group/12foot6. Barry spent much of his career in the military, where he rose to the rank of Colonel. Barry holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Colorado and is a CPA (inactive-Indiana). He is married with two grown children and five grandchildren.
Nina DiSalvo, Director
Nina comes to Towards Justice from Governor Cuomo’s administration in New York State, where she served as Special Counsel to the Secretary of State. In that capacity, Nina worked to create the New York State Office for New Americans, the Empire State Fellows Program, and the Regional Economic Development Councils. Nina also managed various divisions within the New York State Department of State, represented the Secretary on boards and commissions, and adjudicated administrative appeals related to occupational licensure. Prior to joining New York State government, Nina was a lawyer associated with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where she dedicated substantial time to employment law litigation. Nina has also served on the Junior Advisory Board to Her Justice in New York City, worked as a research fellow with human rights organizations in Argentina, and taught high school in rural Puerto Rico. Nina is fluent in Spanish and English, and grew up between upstate New York, Puerto Rico, and the Turks and Caicos islands. Nina received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts in government and Latin American studies from Wesleyan University. Nina is on the board of directors of the Community Resource Center and is admitted to practice law in New York and Colorado.
Brian Gonzales, Director
In 2008, Brian Gonzales founded The Law Offices of Brian D. Gonzales to dedicate himself to the vindication of workers’ rights. Mr. Gonzales’ practice concentrates on representing employees in collective and class action cases to recover overtime pay, stolen tips and other unpaid wages. He has represented thousands of workers in Colorado and throughout the United States, recovering millions of dollars in compensation and forcing companies to bring pay policies into compliance with the law. Prior to founding his firm, Mr. Gonzales was an associate in the complex litigation department of Gibson,Dunn & Crutcher, LLP and subsequently joined a group of Gibson, Dunn attorneys in founding the Denver law firm known as Fognani & Faught, PLLC. Mr. Gonzales earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1992 and, in 1996, earned a law degree from the University of Michigan. He is admitted to practice in Texas and Colorado.
David Lopez, Director
Lopez, who joined Rutgers Law School in August 2018, was most recently a member of the firm of Outten and Golden, leading the firm’s Washington D.C. Office. Until December 2016, he served for six years as the General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and thus acted as the lead lawyer for the nation’s primary administrative agency charged with enforcing federal employment anti-discrimination laws.
He has a rich and deep background in public interest law and using the legal system to champion the principles of equality and opportunity. He has also taught at Harvard Law School and Georgetown Law Center.
Dean Lopez was twice nominated to the General Counsel position by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate. As General Counsel, he led the litigation program for the nation’s primary administrative agency charged with enforcing federal employment anti-discrimination laws and oversaw 15 regional attorneys and a staff of more than 325 people. This included leading high-impact litigation in federal courts nationwide, addressing LGBTQ coverage under the anti-discrimination law, vulnerable immigrant communities, criminal background screens, disability rights, and religious freedom. Prior to joining the EEOC, Dean Lopez was a senior trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division Employment Litigation Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. Previously, he was an associate with Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP in Washington D.C.
Dean Lopez is a widely sought-after speaker who has made more than 50 speeches and presentations before the American Bar Association, state and local bar associations, and various advocacy, non-governmental organizations and universities. He also serves on the board of the ACLU-DC, the Impact Fund (an Oakland-based non-profit offering support to public interest lawyers and communities through training, co-counsel and grants to advance civil rights and social justice), and Toward Justice, a Denver-based non-profit dedicated to advancing economic justice and advocacy.
Dean Lopez is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Attorneys. In 2014, The National Law Journal named him one of “America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsels.” Among the organizations that have recognized him for his work on social justice issues are: the International Religious Liberty Association, which gave him its National Religious Freedom Award, Liberty Magazine, the North American Religious Liberty Association, which cited his work on civil, religious, and employment rights; the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, which gave him its Friend in Government Award in 2012.
He has been called a “Latino Luminary” by the magazine Diversity and the Bar and in 2011 Hispanic Business named him to its list of 100 “Influentials” in the Hispanic community. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
Camila Sosman Palmer, Secretary
Camila is an attorney at Elkind Alterman Harston PC, an immigration law firm in downtown Denver. She joined the firm in October 2011, after completing a two year clerkship with the Denver Immigration Court, through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Prior to working at the Immigration Court, Camila was a staff attorney at The Door’s Legal Services Center in New York City, where she represented immigrant youth before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Executive Office for Immigration Review, as well as in New York State family courts. Camila earned her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2007, where she completed externships with the employment unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, with the Immigrant Defense Project in New York City, and with the U.S. District Court for the Federal District of Puerto Rico. Before entering law school, Camila taught high school Spanish in Washington, DC, was as an immigration paralegal at Ayuda, Inc., and worked on refugee resettlement issues for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in San Jose, Costa Rica. Camila received her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in 1998 and is fluent in Spanish. She is admitted to the New York Bar and is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Jeff Williams, President
Jeff Williams is Assistant General Counsel at Cordant Health Solutions, and was previously in-house counsel at a large healthcare company, and an associate attorney at Taylor | Anderson LLP in Denver and Willkie Farr & Gallagher, LLP in New York. Jeff was also selected to serve as the Willkie Pro Bono Extern to Her Justice, a legal services organization that represents victims of domestic violence in family and immigration law matters. Prior to joining the bar, Jeff taught seventh grade history in Los Angeles through Teach for America. Jeff received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law and his bachelor of arts from Hamilton College.