About Us

Executive Leadership

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    Hayward D. Fisk

    Chairman, President, Board of DirectorsPartner (Ret.) DLA Piper US LLPVice President & General Counsel (Ret.) 
    Computer Sciences Corporation
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Martin S. Kaufman

    Senior Vice President & General Counsel
    Atlantic Legal Foundation
    Larchmont, NY

About Us – Public Interest Advocates Since 1977

About Atlantic Legal FoundationAtlantic Legal Foundation has been defending liberty for 40 years since its establishment in 1977.

Atlantic Legal Foundation

Atlantic Legal Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest law firm with a history of advocating for individual liberty, free enterprise, property rights, limited and efficient government, sound science in the courtroom, and school choice. Atlantic Legal provides legal representation, without fee, to individuals, corporations, trade associations, parents, scientists and educators.

Governance

Atlantic Legal is overseen by a Board of Directors composed of corporate executives, partners of major law firms, and current and retired corporate chief legal officers. The Board reviews and decides upon which cases Atlantic Legal will participate. The Foundation also has an Advisory Council, which consists of attorneys, scientists, medical doctors, and educators.The Foundation frequently files amicus curiae briefs in high-profile court cases before the United States Supreme Court, federal circuit courts of appeal, and state supreme courts. Atlantic Legal’s cases come to it in a variety of ways, often through requests from prominent law firms to file an amicus brief in one of their cases. The Foundation’s efforts have focused on a number of substantive areas of the law:

Areas of Advocacy

Constitutional Issues

Atlantic Legal Foundation participates in important cases involving the expansive and capricious exercise of governmental power, as well as the interplay between U.S. law and international law. Among the issues we have addressed – challenging state and local attempts to regulate interstate and foreign commerce, combating limits on free speech on college campuses, opposing expansive assertions of U.S. court jurisdiction over foreign entities and transactions, such as DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman, and ensuring the proper balance between federal, state and local jurisdiction.

Sound Science and the Law

Atlantic Legal is the nation’s preeminent public interest law firm advocating for the admissibility of sound medical and expert testimony in toxic tort, product liability, and other litigation. Atlantic Legal fights the admissibility of “junk” science, and fosters the use of sound science principles in judicial and regulatory proceedings. Over the past two decades the Foundation has represented almost two dozen Nobel laureates and numerous other prominent scientists in cases involving the admissibility of expert evidence and proof of causation. Our amicus briefs were cited and relied on by the majority in the landmark Daubert trilogy of U. S. Supreme Court cases

— Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., General Electric Co. v. Joiner and Kumho Tire Co. v. Carmichael. 

Issues Affecting the Business Community

Atlantic Legal advocates for responsible corporate governance and advocates against intrusive regulation of business. The Foundation was an early proponent of preservation of the attorney-client privilege against compulsory waiver of that essential protection where corporate misconduct has been asserted. It has challenged abuse of class action procedures in cases such as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, and has strongly advocated for the enforcement of arbitration agreements in cases such as America Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant. 

Educational Choice

The Foundation has been a leader among public interest law firms in promoting school choice through the legal system. Atlantic Legal’s work in this area is focused on supporting charter schools. A major part of this effort is publishing a series of state law guides, written by nationally known labor law attorneys, to educate charter school leaders about what they need to know to deal with efforts by public employee unions to burden charter schools with intrusive union work rules that stifle innovation. The Foundation also provides legal counsel to and represents charter schools and charter school advocates pro bono. 

Position Papers and Conferences

Atlantic Legal publishes papers on legal issues of public concern. For example, inadequate judicial compensation and its impact on the New York economy, the need for a restructuring of New York’s court system, correcting weaknesses in law school curricula, and the need for and benefits of parental choice in K through 12 education. Of note, we have published a series of state-specific guides for charter school leaders entitled “Leveling the Playing Field: What charter school leaders can do when the union calls.” The Foundation sponsors conferences on topics of importance to the business and legal communities, including: “Science and Public Policy Implications of the Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields”; “The Attorney-Client Privilege — Erosion, Ethics, Problems, and Solutions”; and “Corporate Litigation — How to Reduce Corporate Litigation Costs and Still Win Your Case.”

Board of Directors

Frank R. Jimenez General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Raytheon Company
Waltham, MA
Joe G. Hollingsworth Partner
Hollingsworth LLP
Washington, DC
Stephen J. Harmelin Co-Chairman
Dilworth Paxson LLP
Philadelphia, PA
Robert L. Haig Partner
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
New York
William P. Cook
George S. Frazza Of Counsel
Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP
New York, NY
William P. Cook Chairman
Global Migration Law Group, PL
Washington DC
Marcy S. Cohen
Thomas E. Birsic Partner
K&L Gates LLP
Pittsburgh, PA
Tracy A. Bacigalupo
David E. Wood Partner
Anderson Kill Wood & Bender, P.C.
Ventura, CA
Augustus I. duPont
Douglas Foster Vice Chairman
Atlantic Legal Foundation
Williamstown, MA
Hayward D. Fisk Partner (Ret.)
DLA Piper US LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Advisory Council

Lance H. Wilson Senior Vice President
Oppenheimer & Company
New York, NY
Stephen T. Whelan Partner
Blank Rome LLP
New York, NY
A. F. Spilhaus, Jr., Ph.D Executive Director (Ret.)
American Geophysical Union
Washington, DC
Briscoe R. Smith Senior Vice President & Counsel (Ret.)
Atlantic Legal Foundation
Bronxville, NY
Victoria P. Rostow Senior Vice President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs
NAREIT
Washington, DC
Paul C. Rooney, Jr. Partner (Ret.)
White & Case
Sharon, CT
Alan Charles Raul Partner
Sidley Austin LLP
Washington, DC
Ozgur Ozkan M.D. Fellow
Rodney W. Nichols Former President and Chief Executive Officer
New York Academy of Sciences
New York, NY
Michael S. Nadel Partner
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Charles W. Mooney, Jr. Professor of Law University of Pennsylvania School of Law Philadelphia, PA

Fundraising Disclosure Statement

Financial and other information about Atlantic Legal Foundation’s purpose, programs and activities can be obtained by contacting the President, Atlantic Legal Foundation, 500 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 320, Harrison, New York 10528, (914) 834-3322, IRS EIN 23-2022920, or for residents of the following states, as stated below.

Atlantic Legal Foundation

Maryland: For the cost of postage and copying, from the Secretary of State. New Jersey: INFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION AND THE PERCENTAGE OF CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED BY THE CHARITY DURING THE LAST REPORTING PERIOD THAT WERE DEDICATED TO THE CHARITABLE PURPOSE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BY CALLING (973) 504-6215 AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT http://state.nj.us/lps/ca/charfrm.htm.

New York: Upon request, from the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. Pennsylvania: The official registration and financial information of Atlantic Legal Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Virginia: From the State Office of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218. West Virginia: West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305. CONTRIBUTIONS ARE DEDUCTIBLE FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAX PURPOSES IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAW. REGISTRATION IN A STATE DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION OF ATLANTIC LEGAL FOUNDATION BY THE STATE.