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CREEC was founded in 2013 by Tim Fox and Amy Robertson following 17 years of practice as plaintiffs’ civil rights lawyers at the law firm of Fox & Robertson.  At F&R, Tim and Amy litigated class and individual civil rights cases with a focus on disability rights.  Representative cases include the largest settlement of a disability rights public accommodations case, as well as other cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act against national fast-food chains, city governments, theaters and arenas, and retail stores based on their inaccessible premises and/or policies of segregation, employment discrimination cases based on age, race, and disability, and fair housing cases against landlords and developers for inaccessible premises or discriminatory policies. Tim and Amy founded CREEC to continue to bring impact litigation, expand beyond disability rights, and conduct more extensive outreach, education, and proactive investigation, including testing!  In the fall of 2015, CREEC opened a California office in Berkeley and welcomed Bill Lann Lee to the team.  Bill was the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights during the Clinton administration and earlier had spent years at the forefront of impact civil rights litigation with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

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Amy Robertson and Tim Fox are Co-Executive Directors of CREEC.  After meeting as associates at what was then  Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering  — and, in flagrant violation of Wilmer’s nonexistent anti-fraternization policies, marrying — Tim and Amy moved to Denver in 1995 and spent a year with two of Denver’s finest commercial firms.  They started Fox & Robertson in 1996, determined to devote their careers to civil rights and to wear suits to work as rarely as possible.  At F&R, they successfully litigated class action discrimination cases against major companies such as Kmart, Burger King, Taco Bell, Abercrombie & Fitch, and E*Trade Access.  They founded CREEC in 2013. They are based in Denver and litigate cases nationwide.
 

Amy and Tim were both selected by 5280 Magazine for inclusion in the Top Lawyers list from 2015 through 2020.  In 2013, Tim was elected to the Board of Directors of the ACLU – National, and in 2020, was elected to the Executive Committee of the National Board.  They jointly received the 2012 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers.   In 2008, Tim received The Colorado Bar Association Award of Merit.   In addition, F&R was recognized with the 2007 Impact Fund Award, and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Case of the Year award in 2006.  When they were in private practice, Tim and Amy were named “Super Lawyers” on multiple years. (You should see them in their tights and capes!)  Amy was named one of the ten most powerful lawyers in Denver in 2006 by the Denver Business Journal.  Tim and Amy have also been honored as Fellows of the Colorado Bar Foundation, a designation bestowed upon no more than five percent of the lawyers in Colorado for “outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community, the traditions of the profession and the maintenance and advancement of the objectives of the Colorado Bar Association.”

 

Amy 2Amy received her law degree from Yale Law School in 1988 and her B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1983.   She lived in Taiwan between college and law school and still speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese.   Following law school, Amy clerked for the Hon. Richard L. Williams of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Amy is admitted to practice in Colorado, the District of Columbia (inactive), and Minnesota (inactive).

 

Tim receivTim Foxed his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1991, where he was a member of the Stanford Law Review and president of his graduating class.  He received his B.A. from the University of Denver in 1988.   In 1986, Tim was injured playing rugby and has used a wheelchair for mobility since then.  Tim is admitted to practice in Colorado, California, and the District of Columbia (inactive).

 

 

Bill Lann Lee is Senior Counsel at CREECImage: Man in blue suit jacket smiling and is based in CREEC’s California office. Bill has been a civil rights attorney for more than 40 years with expertise in challenging employment discrimination and disability access. From December 1997 to January 2001, Bill served as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division in the United States Department of Justice in the Clinton Administration, as the nation’s top civil rights prosecutor. He has brought disability access cases against Netflix to obtain closed captioning on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf, and against Burger King and Walmart on behalf of individuals who use wheelchairs for mobility. His employment discrimination work includes prosecution cases against Wet Seal, Costco, Best Buy, Abercrombie & Fitch, and McCormick & Schmick’s. Before joining CREEC, Bill was a shareholder at Lewis, Feinberg, Lee & Jackson, P.C. in Oakland, CA, and previously a partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP.  Earlier in his career, he spent 18 years as an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and headed the Legal Defense Fund’s western regional office in Los Angeles. Bill earned his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and his law degree from Columbia University School of Law. Bill is admitted to practice in California and New York (inactive). When not busy fighting injustice, Bill spends time reading history, biographies, and science fiction. He’s an avid traveler and especially loves visiting his grandson, Oliver.
Image: Woman with short dark hair and glasses smiling at the camera dressed in a blue suit.Martie Lafferty is the Director of the Accessibility Project at CREEC and is based in CREEC’s Tennessee office. With more than 20 years practicing disability rights law, Martie’s work has brought relief to numerous deaf and hard of hearing people who were refused effective communication in settings including housing, doctor’s offices, hospitals, courts, jails, and legislatures. She has also challenged many other accessibility issues including litigating against the State of Tennessee to eliminate barriers preventing access to the state’s court program and against a medical provider who refused to provide a diagnostic MRI to a wheelchair user. Prior to joining CREEC, Martie was an attorney at Stein & Vargas, LLP and previously Legal Director at Disability Rights Tennessee. A Tennessee native, Martie earned a Bachelor of Science from Centre College and a Master of Theological Studies and Juris Doctor degrees from Vanderbilt University. She is admitted to practice in Tennessee. Outside of work, Martie enjoys reading, picking her banjo, playing with her dog, and attending concerts with her wife.

 

Elizabeth Image: Woman with glasses and curly hair smilingJordan is the Director of the Immigration Detention Accountability Project (IDAP) at CREEC, overseeing CREEC’s work protecting the rights of immigrants who are being detained in immigration jails and has significant experience with issues at the intersection of immigration law, disability law, and the criminal legal system. Liz has worked on the front lines of immigration, representing children facing deportation in New York, and of prison law, representing capital defendants on appeal. Before joining CREEC, Liz was a staff attorney at The Door’s Legal Services Center, New York City and was a Fellow with the Capital Appeals Project in Louisiana. Prior to law school, Liz spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Spain studying human rights issues. Liz received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and graduated summa cum laude from New York University’s School of Law. Liz is admitted to practice in Louisiana and New York. Although Texan by birth, Liz has been skiing in Colorado since the age of four and spends most of her free time on the slopes. She also enjoys good wine and cheese, going outside, working on her composting skills and, for better or worse, Instagram.

 

smailing woman of hispanic descent, brown eyes and long brown wavy hair, wearing a white blousePilar Gonzalez Morales is a Senior Staff Attorney at CREEC and is based in our Los Angeles office. Pilar focuses on civil rights issues at the intersection of disability and immigration rights. She strongly advocates for the use of an intersectional framework within the disability rights movement to ensure that people of color, LGBTQI, immigrants and other often underserved communities benefit from and lead the fight for the civil rights of all people with disabilities. Prior to joining CREEC, Pilar worked at Disability Rights California where she represented children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as people with disabilities held in immigration detention. Pilar also worked for four years at Arias and Munoz (currently Dentons Munoz) in Costa Rica as part of the Litigation and Mediation team. Pilar received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from Duke University. She is admitted to practice in California. When not at work Pilar spends a great deal of time hanging out with her three nephews, watching futbol, and reading.

photo of a smiling woman in a black shirtJulie Yates is CREEC’s Director of Development & Communications. An experienced fundraiser and educator, she has more than two decades of demonstrated success in nonprofit philanthropy, relationship building, strategic thinking, and problem-solving. Julie’s fundraising experience includes grant writing, development of annual giving programs, major gift and planned gift work, and capital campaign leadership. Julie has served on the Board of numerous small nonprofits and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Paradox Sports, an adaptive climbing organization in Colorado. Before joining CREEC, Julie was the Director of Development and Campaign Director at The White Mountain School, NH where, during her 20-year tenure, she held other administrative positions including Dean of Students and Academic Dean. She also served on the science faculty of St. Paul’s School, NH and Blair Academy, NJ. Julie graduated magna cum laude from Smith College and later earned a Master of Science degree in Education from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Outside of work, Julie enjoys time with her husband and two adult children. She loves the outdoors, spending as much time as possible hiking, running, and camping, and also appreciates curling up with a good book, a cup of tea, and her two cats.

 

Image: Woman in glasses and green top smilingAna Diaz is CREEC’s Office Manager/Lead Paralegal and is based in our Colorado office. Ana is passionate about lifelong learning, tackling systemic issues, and serving the community, and loves that she has an opportunity to expand on all of these things at CREEC. Before coming to CREEC, Ana worked and volunteered in a diverse array of fields including teaching students with developmental and intellectual disabilities at The Arc of Loudoun, supporting a nonprofit development office, and managing a small-town coffee spot. Most recently, Ana was a consultant to develop content for a sexual assault awareness and prevention education program and interned for the sexual assault services office at Northern Virginia Community College. Ana graduated summa cum laude from George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution where she served as a Peacebuilding Fellow, presented research on sex education in Indiana and policing in Fairfax County, Virginia and was honored with a Distinguished Scholar Award. In her free time, Ana enjoys reading fiction, playing with her puppy, and trying to find the perfect vanilla cake recipe.

 

Yashna Eswaran is a paralegal in our Colorado office. Image of Indian-American woman smiling. Greenery in background..Yashna is motivated in both her personal and professional life to seek opportunities to help combat systems that perpetuate injustice and inequity. Prior to pursuing these goals at CREEC, Yashna was a Legal Assistant for an Attorney Ad-Litem, working with Child Protective Services cases. She has also worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on youth and health equity initiatives and at the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health, where her work focused on empowering young people who have been impacted by systems such as foster care, juvenile justice, and mental health. Currently, Yashna is on the advisory board for Got Transition, an organization dedicated to expanding the availability of high-quality health care transition services to young adults. Yashna also helps review cases of claimed innocence of incarcerated people in Texas for the Anthony Graves Foundation/Brass Facts. Yashna earned a Bachelor of Arts with Special Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, Yashna can be found traveling, eating, hiking, and watching Law and Order SVU.

 

Headshot of Parima Kadikar. She has long black hair and is wearing a red sweater, necklaces and earringsParima Kadikar is a paralegal at CREEC. Parima has long been interested in public interest work and was drawn to CREEC because of the opportunity to make an impact at the intersection of civil rights and immigration law it offers. Before joining CREEC, Parima held legal internships at the Vera Institute of Justice’s Guardianship Project and the City Bar Justice Center of the New York City Bar Association, and policy internships at the Solidarity is Global Institute and with the NY State Office of the Attorney General. Her recent community involvement included work at the New Sanctuary Coalition helping pro se litigants in immigration proceedings in New York and as Co-President of the South Asian Feminism(s) Alliance at Columbia University.

Parima earned a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University where she also wrote articles on immigration and public interest law for the Undergraduate Law Review’s website. Passionate about communicating with others in their first language when possible, Parima is fluent in English and Gujarati, works at the intermediate level in Arabic, and is conversational in Spanish and Hindi. Outside of work and study, Parima enjoys dance, cooking, yoga, photography, and reading.

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