Officers serve a one-year term and are elected at the annual conventions. Learn more about the election process here.
AAJ 2018-2019 Executive Officers
President: Elise R. Sanguinetti of Arias Sanguinetti Wang Torrijos, LLP in Oakland, CA
President-Elect: Bruce H. Stern of Stark & Stark in Princeton, NJ
Vice President: Tobi L. Millrood of Pogust Millrood, LLC in Conshohocken, PA
Secretary: Navan Ward, Jr. of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles in Atlanta, GA
Treasurer: Tad Thomas of Thomas Law Offices in Louisville, KY
Parliamentarian: Sean C. Domnick of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Immediate Past President: Kathleen L. Nastri of Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, PC in Bridgeport, CT
Elise R. Sanguinetti
“I look forward to working this year to strengthen AAJ’s education and advocacy and to ensure AAJ continues to be an excellent resource for all trial lawyers”
Founder of Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos in Oakland, Calif., Ms. Sanguinetti served as President-Elect in 2017-18, Vice President in 2016-17, Secretary in 2016-15, Treasurer in 2014-15, and Parliamentarian in 2013-14. She has chaired the National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees, Membership Task Force, National Finance Council, Membership Oversight Committee, Public Affairs Committee, and New Lawyers Division. She has also served on the Diversity Committee, AAJ PAC Board of Trustees, Exchange Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Leaders Forum Seventh Amendment Task Force. Additionally, she served as president of the Consumer Attorneys of California. Ms. Sanguinetti earned her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in 1993 and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1997. (Click here to read Elise's President's Message.)
Bruce H. Stern
“I am committed to spend the next two years working to increase membership, meet and strengthen our relationships with the state TLAs, and fundraise to provide Linda Lipsen and her staff the resources to preserve and protect the civil justice system.”
A shareholder in Stark & Stark in Princeton, N.J., Mr. Stern served as AAJ Vice President in 2017-18, Secretary in 2016-17, Treasurer in 2015-16, and Parliamentarian in 2014-15. He previously served on AAJ’s Executive Board and Board of Governors. He has chaired the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section; the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group; and the Audit Committee. He has served as a State Delegate and as a member of the National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees. Mr. Stern earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1977 and his J.D. from the Rutgers School of Law in 1981.
Tobi L. Millrood
“Leadership in AAJ represents my greatest professional privilege. AAJ is the greatest trial bar in the world, and pursuing its mission is my passion”
A partner with Pogust Millrood in suburban Philadelphia, Pa., served as Secretary in 2017-18, Treasurer in 2016-17, and Parliamentarian in 2015-16. He has previously been elected to the Executive Committee, and currently chairs the Evergreen Advisory Board. He is past chair of the Section and Litigation Group Coordination Committee. He has served on the Budget Committee, Diversity Committee, Membership Oversight Committee, Governance Task Force, Publications Committee, National Finance Council, and PAC Task Force and has co-chaired multiple litigation groups and most recently, the Marketing and Practice Development Committee. He also served as a National College of Advocacy (NCA) course advisor. Mr. Millrood earned his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in 1992 and his J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1995.
Navan Ward, Jr.
“I have seen firsthand how important AAJ is in protecting all plaintiffs’ rights, along with helping plaintiff lawyers to become better advocates through its education programs and networking opportunities.”
A principal with Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles in Atlanta, Ga., Mr. Ward served as Treasurer in 2017-18 and Parliamentarian in 2016-17. He has chaired the Leaders Forum Advisory Committee, the DePuy Metal on Metal and Biomet Metal on Metal Litigation Groups, the Minority Caucus, and the Diversity Committee. He has also served on AAJ’s Executive Committee, the Board of Governors, Convention Planning Committee, National Finance Council, and PAC Task Force. Mr. Ward earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the university’s School of Law.
“Without AAJ, our nation would be less just, less democratic, and further from the vision our founding fathers had for our nation.”
A founder of Thomas Law Offices in Louisville, Ky., Mr. Thomas served as Parliamentarian in 2017-18. He currently serves on the Board of Governors, the Executive Committee, and the Marketing and Practice Development Committee. He is also an active member of the AAJ PAC Task Force, Convention Planning Committee, Law Schools Committee, National Finance Council, Membership Oversight Committee, and Legal Affairs Committee, among others. Mr. Thomas earned his bachelor's degree from Georgetown College in 1997 and his J.D. from Northern Kentucky University in 2000.
“I know that despite the odds against us, when we unite, our voices are deafening against those who seek to silence our clients."
A shareholder with Domnick Cunningham & Whalen in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Mr. Domnick is chair of the Budget Committee and a member of the Board of Governors, Executive Committee, National Finance Council, Membership Oversight Committee, Audit Committee, Evergreen Advisory Board, Public Affairs Committee, and PAC Board of Trustees. He is a past chair of the Leaders Forum Advisory Board. Mr. Domnick earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1986 and his J.D. from the university’s law school in 1989.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Kathleen L. Nastri
“It is essential that we, as trial attorneys, work together in support of the mission of a fair and effective justice system for all citizens.”
A partner with Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder in Bridgeport, Conn., Ms. Nastri served as AAJ President in 2017-18, President-Elect in 2016-17, Vice President in 2015-16, Secretary in 2014-15, and Treasurer in 2013-14. She has served as a member of the AAJ PAC Board of Trustees/AAJ PAC, National Finance Council, Enfranchisement Task Force, Diversity Task Force, and State Delegates. She has also been a member of the Executive, Public Affairs, and Publications Committees. She is a past president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. Nastri earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut in 1983 and her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1986.