Board Members

Timothy A. Adams, Esq.

received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine and his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. He has served as an adjunct professor and Associate Director of the Special Education Advocacy Clinic, Pepperdine University School of Law. He is actively involved in educating parents and professionals throughout the United States in presentations and seminars to disability rights organizations and parent support groups including Autism One, National Autism Association, National Epilepsy Foundation Annual Conference, Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) and Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). He has also trained Orange County Superior Court Judges regarding special education law in a presentation entitled “Ensuring the Best Interests of Children in Family Court Matters.” He is Adams & Associates’ Principal and EBCALA Board Chairman.

Kevin Barry, Esq.

has three sons, one with autism. After receiving his JD from the Hofstra University School of Law, he worked at the US Attorney’s office, Southern District of NY, civil division. He has been an autism advocate for more than a decade. He was the first President of Generation Rescue, where he worked with other advocacy organizations in an effort to make the federal Combating Autism Act useful. He is proud to work with EBCALA to advance and protect the rights of those affected by autism and their families and friends.

Lou Conte

is the father of triplet boys, two with autism. He is the Director of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Justice Project and a founding advocate member of EBCALA. He serves on the board of the Autism Action Network. Mr. Conte has advocated extensively in New York for autism health insurance reform, vaccination choice and improved educational services for people with autism. In his professional life, Mr. Conte is an Assistant Commissioner in the Westchester County Department of Probation where he has administered investigation and supervision programs that focus on sex offenders and domestic violence perpetrators. He is proud to have been part of a team that established the nation’s first Sex Offense Court. Mr. Conte graduated from Iona College in 1982. He is an instructor in the Japanese Martial Art of Ju Jitsu.

Jodi Bouer, Esq.

is the principal in her own practice that focuses on helping ASD individuals and their providers obtain insurance coverage for therapies. She has extensive insurance law experience as former counsel at an insurance company and at major law firms. She has taught insurance law at Seton Hall Law School. She helps clients understand how insurers assess coverage obligations and how to present their claims most effectively with their policies. Her firm helps clients prepare and submit claims and appeals, negotiate settlements, and obtain court orders requiring insurers to honor their coverage obligations.

Lisa Colin, Esq.

a partner in Martin & Colin PC located in White Plains, New York, sits on the Board of Directors for EBCALA and the Board of Directors for the Westchester Law Guardian Association. She is a co-founding member of Autism Action New York and an active member of Autism Action Network. She organized an EBCALA CLE event at Pace Law School, NY and has played a pivotal role in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Justice Project. Along with her husband and business partner, she was a former radio host at a local New York station.

Rick Ellis, PhD

obtained his doctorate from the College of William and Mary. He is a Licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who specializes in ASD. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and is the director of Spectrum Psychological Services, a private practice serving many children and adults on the autistic spectrum. He is a former certified teacher and former school psychologist who currently advocates for children in the classroom, at the school level, for employment and in the courts. He frequently evaluates sanity and competency in criminal cases. For family courts he addresses custody, visitation and parental capacity concerns. Dr. Ellis frequently conducts workshops for parents and professionals on issues related to ASD and forensic issues.

Mary Holland, Esq.

is Research Scholar and Director of the Graduate Legal Skills Program at New York University School of Law. She is a founding board member of EBCALA. Educated at Harvard and Columbia Universities, Mary has been an advocate in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining NYU, she worked for six years at major U.S. law firms, with three years based in Moscow, Russia. Before that, she directed the European Program of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First). After graduating law school, she clerked for a federal district court judge in New York City. She researches and writes on legal issues related to autism and vaccines and is a co-editor of the book Vaccine Epidemic.

Jennifer Keefe, Esq.

is a trial lawyer for a major national law firm who has been nominated by her peers six years in a row as one of Texas’ Rising Stars in Texas Monthly Magazine (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011). She assists clients in a wide range of business litigation, including employment cases, financial institution disputes, and traditional oil and gas problems. Ms. Keefe has received several awards for her pro bono activities which have ranged from defending asylum cases before the U.S. Immigration courts for Human Rights Initiative of North Texas to accepting cases for the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA). She is a co-founder and board member of EBCALA. She received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Robert Krakow, Esq.

is an attorney in private practice in New York. Bob started his legal career with the New York Public Interest Research Group, a consumer advocacy organization. For nine years in the 1980s Bob was a prosecutor with the New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney’s office, serving as Bureau Chief of the special narcotics prosecution division. He founded his law firm in 1989, focusing on the trial of civil and criminal cases, and specializing in the representation of individuals injured by exposure to vaccines. Bob represents families of children with autism in a variety of venues, including insurance coverage disputes, vaccine exemption issues, IDEA education disputes with school districts, and claims of educational and medical neglect.

Kim Mack Rosenberg, Esq.

is a New York City-based litigator. In 2009 she was recognized by the Legal Aid Society for her pro bono service. In addition to being on the board of EBCALA and the Center for Personal Rights, Kim is the President of the National Autism Association NY Metro Chapter. She is also a contributing editor of Vaccine Epidemic.