Who We Are
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.
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. 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 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 received 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, where he double majored in Math and Economics. 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 CREEC 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.
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. 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 Jordan 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.
Pilar 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.
Ana Diaz is CREEC’s Director of Operations 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. 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.
Parima 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.
Kyle Neumann is a paralegal in our Colorado office. Kyle’s recognizable passion for promoting equality and challenging the everyday struggles experienced by Deaf and DeafBlind people has led him, excitedly, to pursue a career change from information technology to law and advocacy. Kyle is a New England native and he was born Deaf. He is fluent in American Sign Language and has years of experience as a foster father and advocate for Deaf children in Vermont and Texas. After adopting his Deaf son, he and his son moved to Austin, Texas seeking a more robust Deaf community. There, Kyle earned his Masters in Legal Studies from Texas State University and held an internship with the City of Austin Law Department as a paralegal. In Kyle’s free time, he enjoys hiking, biking, and road trips. He averages 30,000 miles a year on the road!
Caroline Sprague is an admin paralegal at CREEC. Caroline graduated from Brown University in December 2020 with a B.A. in American Studies, with a focus on the intersection of cultural arts and organizing. Before coming to CREEC, she held positions as an Education Rights Legal Intern at the Rhode Island Center for Justice, a Special Projects intern at Ars Nova in Manhattan, and a Senior Counselor for refugee students at Camp RYSE (Refugee Youth Solidarity through Education). Most recently, she worked as a remote organizer on a congressional campaign in her home state of Massachusetts.
Caroline is passionate about advancing inclusivity and accessibility. She is at the intermediate level in American Sign Language and French and hopes to improve her beginner Spanish. She enjoys cooking and eating new food, solving and constructing crossword puzzles, reading and writing poetry, and, recently, embroidering (and wearing!) face masks.
Mikhal Kidane is a paralegal in CREEC’s Colorado office. Mikhal is committed to fighting for the rights of marginalized groups. Mikhal graduated from Duke University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science. While a student at Duke, Mikhal acquired extensive research and policy analysis experience while working with the Research Department at Southern Africa Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU). Since then, Mikhal has worked as an organizer for Colorado People’s Action, a local non-profit organization fighting to hold elected officials and corporations accountable to the people and communities they serve. Her work there focused on building grassroots momentum behind progressive legislation and candidates. Most recently, Mikhal served as a Business and Agriculture Advising Specialist with the Peace Corps in Ghana, where she worked to develop projects at the grassroots level that were dedicated to improving food security and alleviating poverty. Unfortunately, she was evacuated just a few months into her service. In her free time, Mikhal loves traveling, cooking, and reading.