Meet the Defendants
A former occupational therapist, Almira is currently a full-time activist with the SF Bay Chapter of Direct Action Everywhere. When she’s not working, she’s most likely out on a run or going to a concert.
Cassie was an English major at UC Berkeley and is the Communications Director for Direct Action Everywhere. She spends her free time writing stories, reading books, and playing with her bunnies who were both rescued from slaughter.
A Stanford graduate and former lawyer with DLA Piper, Jon’s current focus is animal advocacy in the legislative system, as well as lots of yoga and meditation.
Growing up in India, Priya witnessed the suffering of countless street animals. As an investigator with Direct Action Everywhere, she has seen the same kind of suffering on a systemic scale inside of factory farms.
Rachel moved to California to get more involved in the animal rights movement in Berkeley. She is a full-time photographer, the guardian of two rescued doves, and an activist with Direct Action Everywhere.
Wayne was a lawyer with DLA Piper before co-founding the animal rights network, Direct Action Everywhere. He has investigated dozens of farms and currently faces 10 felonies for rescuing sick animals.
The following people have also been arrested in Sonoma County for taking nonviolent direct action to expose animal cruelty:
Aidan Cook, Alex Santurio, Alexandra Paul, Alicia Santurio, Alyssa Landi, Amy Brown, Ana Mehl, Ariel Ryan, Balaji V., Brianna Baer, Camilla Hahn, Cheyanne Holliday, Chris Tarzan Hayward, Christina Brown, Christopher Bleichner, Conrad de Jesus, Corey Rowland, Daniela Habermehl, Dawn Michelle, Dean Wyrzykowski, Efrem Blitz, Emek Echo, Jake H., Jeyrama Robles, Jocelyn Cole, Jorden Ruggles, Katt Cho, Kelly Landreth, Kevin Baker, Kristina Norris, Lance Wilson, Lauren Fluty, Lawrence Cuneaz, Leni Wasacz, Leslie Goldberg, Lewis Bernier, Linda Cridge, Lucy H., Madhu Anderson, Mandy Washburn, Marika Diaz, Marissa Garam, Mary McKee, Michael Goldberg, Michelle L., Monica Martella, Nena Salas, Nico Stubler, Nikki Symanovich, Noah Bristol, Ora Goldman, Paul Nguyen, Peter Lecki, Rachel Arima, Rev. Robert Yamada, Ronnie R., Sanjeev Deshpande, Sarah Hewson, Samantha Walsch, Sharon Claitor, Tonia Moore, Vanessa Marsot, Vero Z., Vicky Stewart, Virginia Fior
Our Expert Legal Team
For almost 40 years, Chris has been one of Sonoma County's pre-eminent trial lawyers. He has litigated in over 150 jury trials and represented Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia.
Gabriela is an Oakland based criminal defense attorney who focuses on criminal defense for immigrants and activists. She also serves on the National Executive Committee of the National Lawyers Guild.
Lauren is the executive director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, which has defended over 3000 activists for free. She is a national expert in the defense of political activists, particularly those in the climate, environmental, indigenous and animal rights movements.
Omar has represented hundreds of peaceful individuals facing incarceration for cannabis-related felonies. He's a graduate of Yale and Stanford Law School, and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Orchid started her career in criminal defense law at the age of sixteen, and she has successfully handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor cases.
Izaak has devoted his practice to defending the civil rights of those who have been wronged by police, and his accomplishments in police brutality cases have made national headlines. In law school he was named "most likely to become a rockstar," and we think he has.