We at Richman Law Group (RLG) are proud of our tight-knit team of dedicated and experienced professionals whose passion drives our client-focused practice.
Kim E. Richman – Founding Partner
Focus Area: Impact Litigation
Bar Membership: District of Columbia, New York
Kim E. Richman founded RLG in 2015 to use law and policy to repair the world by litigating on behalf of everyday citizens, parents, activists, non-profit organizations, progressive businesses, and trade associations. Kim holds a B.A. in Psychology and an International Relations certificate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he graduated summa cum laude, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. He started his legal career at a class action securities firm and a criminal defense firm before venturing out on his own. Prior to engaging in impact litigation at RLG, Kim ran a practice focused on civil rights and consumer protection cases.
Kim is the New York State Chair for National Association of Consumer Advocates, a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and is active in the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, the National Consumer Law Center, and the Plant Based Foods Association. He first became connected to food, agriculture, and the environment when he spent part of his high school years living on a farm in rural Maine. Throughout his teenage years he also lived and worked on farms from Vermont to Israel. Notably, Kim lived in the great outdoors for a year while in college traveling on a school bus throughout the American West studying consensus models, deep ecology, Native American culture, and food systems. Kim is an avid gardener, urban explorer, and an outdoor wilderness adventurer.
Clark A. Binkley – Associate
Focus Areas: Civil Rights, Consumer Protection
Bar Membership: New York
Clark A. Binkley is an Associate Attorney at RLG, whose work is focused on civil rights and consumer protection. Previously, he represented local unions at a small labor law firm in New York City. Clark holds a B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law. Before attending law school he worked as a public school teacher in elementary and middle schools in California. Clark’s time teaching first sparked his interest in and commitment to public service.
Passionate about civil rights, Clark was a Summer Associate in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division during law school and does volunteer work focused on voting rights issues for the New York Democratic Lawyers Council. He is a member of National Association of Consumer Advocates. Clark believes his work at RLG offers him the opportunity to develop creative legal solutions to injustices that are not being addressed through legislation and conventional litigation. Clark, a California native, is an animal lover and proud parent of two rescue cats.
Gretchen Elsner – Of Counsel
Focus Areas: Animal Welfare, Sustainable Food Systems
Bar Membership: New Mexico
Gretchen Elsner is the senior attorney on RLG’s animal welfare cases. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Vassar College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Gretchen learned how to “kick butt and take names” as a public school teacher before earning her law degree. She previously clerked for the U.S. District Court and the New Mexico Supreme Court, as well as worked on behalf of public entities. Gretchen served as an administrative law judge for the State of New Mexico, and also drafted and testified on behalf of legislation that was signed into law by the Governor of New Mexico while she was the staff attorney at the Southwest Women’s Law Center.
Gretchen grew up in the Pacific Northwest on a ranch where her family raised cattle. Her work aims to make the food system more just, ethical, and sustainable. She has participated in the Big Sister program since 1995, coaches for Girls on the Run, an after school running program for girls, and provides legal services for small non-profits. Gretchen speaks Spanish, is a year-round backyard gardener, a long distance runner, and a wilderness backpacker. She spends a lot of her free time cooking vegan food at home and tries to grow as much of her own food as possible – in 2016 she ate something from her very own garden plot every week of the year.
Keely Gerhold – Policy Analyst
Focus Areas: Investigations, Public Policy, Research
Keely Gerhold’s work at RLG focuses on food policy and sustainable agricultural practices. She has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Minnesota, and an M.P.A. from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service with a concentration in Public Policy. Keely previously worked at various environmental non-profits and spent a year serving in Americorps in New York City where she became involved with the city’s gardeners and the local food system through community development.
Keely grew up on her family’s dairy and cattle farm in a small agricultural community in South Dakota, where she regularly farmed and gardened with her family. She started a small rooftop urban farm in Brooklyn that grows organic hops and greens and was named one of Brooklyn Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture 2017” for her pioneering efforts in growing rooftop hops. As a sixth-generation American farmer, she started farming to better understand the barriers young farmers experience today and uses this knowledge to more effectively influence agricultural policy and advocate for small family farms. On the weekends you can usually find Keely at her local farmers’ market, cooking, or plotting her next horticultural project.
Tyson-Lord Gray – Of Counsel
Focus Areas: Civil Rights, Environmental Sustainability
Bar Membership: New York (awaiting admission to the bar)
Tyson-Lord Gray focuses on civil rights and environmental sustainability at RLG. He holds a B.A. in Religion from Trinity International University, an M.Div. in Theology from Morehouse School of Religion, an S.T.M. in Philosophical Ethics from Boston University, a Ph.D. in Environmental Ethics from Vanderbilt University, and a J.D. with a Certificate in Environmental Law from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Tyson previously held legal internships with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where he was the inaugural Food Law Extern through the Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative. He is also the Founder and Director of Green Community Vision, a non-profit aimed at increasing environmental consciousness and ecological activism in minority communities, and teaches as an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Studies and Sciences at Pace University.
Tyson is passionate about improving the environmental conditions of those in low-income and minority communities, and loves that he has the opportunity to advocate for issues in ways that shape the public discourse and impact policy. He is also an active member of WE ACT and serves on the advisory board of Green the Church, The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute, and CreatureKind. Tyson’s grandfather was a farmer for over 50 years in the American South, and he believes the work he does in food and environmental law is an extension of his grandfather’s commitment to the land and agriculture.
Julia K. Haramis – Policy Analyst
Focus Areas: Investigations, Public Policy, Research
Julia K. Haramis, RLG’s lead food policy analyst, strives to improve the quality, safety, integrity, and transparency of our food system. She holds a B.S.B.A. in Finance from Boston University and a M.A. in Food Studies from New York University, where her studies concentrated on Food Policy and Advocacy. She previously worked in Finance for 10 years and then switched careers to focus on nutrition and wellness fulltime as a Health Coach and yoga instructor.
Julia is a member of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and has presented her research at their conferences. Her passions include eating locally, organically, and seasonally, and she tries to support smaller-scale agriculture whenever she can. As an opponent of processed foods, she also enjoys project cooking at home, ranging from canning and pickling, to scratch gluten-free baking and crafting her own natural cocktail mixers. With her family, Julia owns part of her paternal grandfather’s olive farm in southern Greece. Each year her cousin ships over a drum of the family’s extra virgin olive oil and she refuses to use anything else.
Michael Mietlicki – Of Counsel
Focus Areas: Environmental Sustainability, “Greenwashing”
Bar Membership: New Jersey
Michael Mietlicki primarily focuses his work at RLG on “greenwashing” and environmental sustainability, with the aim to bring greater transparency and honesty to the marketplace. He has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in Liberal Arts and a J.D. from New York University (NYU) School of Law. While at NYU, Michael was the articles editor of the NYU Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law and participated as a mediator and mediation system designer for NYU’s Mediation Clinic. Previously, he held a General Counsel Fellowship at the Stevens Institute of Technology and had an internship at WNET New York Public Media.
As an undergraduate, Michael served on several student government committees when the college established one of the first dormitories inhabited entirely by students committed to living an environmentally sustainable lifestyle. He heard from the students living in the dorm that it was extremely difficult to source environmentally-friendly products which first inspired his dedication to improving “green” product labeling practices. Michael loves music, theater, model-making, and cooking, especially the science and trial and error that goes into replicating and perfecting recipes.
Tracy D. Rezvani – Of Counsel
Focus Area: D.C. Consumer Protection Law
Bar Membership: District of Columbia, Maryland
Tracy D. Rezvani’s primary focus at RLG is on D.C. consumer protection cases. She has a wide array of experience representing individuals, non-profits, and businesses in class, commercial, consumer, and whistleblower litigation. Tracy holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Business Administration and a J.D. from George Washington University. She is involved in many professional organizations including the District of Columbia Bar, where she has previously served as Co-Chair of the Antitrust and Consumer Steering Committee, the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, and she is a Director of the D.C. Consumer Rights Coalition.
Tracy is most proud of the impact her work has on consumers and she strives to bring further integrity and transparency to the marketplace. As a mom who cares deeply about what she feeds her own children, she understands the importance of accurate labeling. Tracy is also an avid reader, she typically reads over 100 books each year.
Jay Shooster – Of Counsel
Focus Area: Animal Welfare
Bar Membership: New York
Jay Shooster primarily focuses on animal welfare litigation at RLG. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Florida and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Prior to joining RLG, Jay served as a Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow with Just Security, a project within the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. During law school, he worked as a clinical student on the policing policy team of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, as an intern in the National Security Division of the US Department of Justice, and in the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Jay is a member of Direct Action Everywhere’s legal working group and a legal consultant for the Nonhuman Rights Project. Committed to fighting all forms of discrimination, Jay is grateful to be part of the broader coalition of organizations working for food justice, consumer rights, environmental protection, and animal rights. His work aims to build stronger ties between these and other progressive movements. Jay, a lover of all animals and a dedicated vegan, lives with seven rescued animals including three chickens, three chihuahuas, and a fish.
P. Renée Wicklund – Of Counsel
Focus Areas: Animal Welfare, Public Health, Sustainable Agriculture
Bar Membership: California, Illinois (inactive)
Prior to joining RLG, P. Renée Wicklund practiced complex commercial litigation at a large law firm. She has a long history of involvement with issues of animal welfare, sustainable farming practices, food safety, and consumer education.
Renée holds a B.A. from Syracuse University in Magazine, Religion, and German; an A.M. from the University of Chicago in Religious Studies; an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in Fiction Writing; and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was managing editor of the Yale Law Journal. When she’s not lawyering, she’s cheering on the New York Rangers.
Leslie Zellers – Of Counsel
Focus Area: Tobacco Litigation
Bar Membership: California
Leslie Zellers has more than 20 years of experience in public health law and policy work for government and nonprofit organizations, including the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids, the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, and the World Health Organization. She has helped dozens of communities adopt laws to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke or to limit how tobacco products are sold or marketed. For nearly 15 years, Leslie led the tobacco control work at ChangeLab Solutions, a non-profit organization that works with local governments and communities to create environments where healthy options are available to everyone.
Leslie holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of Law. She believes the best thing about the impact she’s making through the law is the opportunity to help communities make their environments healthier and is passionate about helping non-lawyers understand the law for their benefit. Leslie lives in the Bay Area and enjoys taking advantage of all that it has to offer from hiking to great food.
Adam D. Lynn
Mr. Lynn is Of Counsel with the Richman Law Group, where he works on consumer class actions and civil rights litigation. He is admitted to the State Bar of New York. Mr. Lynn received his juris doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 2014, where he was an active member of the Moot Court Honor Society. He also holds a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University.