Officers

Officers serve a one-year term and are elected at the annual conventions.

AAJ 2015-2016 Executive Officers

President: Larry A. Tawwater of the Tawwater Law Firm, P.L.L.C. in Oklahoma City, OK​
President-Elect: Julie Braman Kane of Colson Hicks Eidson in Coral Gables, FL​
Vice-President: Kathleen Lenehan Nastri of Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, PC in Bridgeport, CT​
Secretary: Elise Sanguinetti of Arias Sanguinetti Stahle & Torrijos LLP in Oakland, CA​
Treasurer: Bruce H. Stern of Stark & Stark in Princeton, NJ​
Parliamentarian: Tobi L. Millrood of Pogust Braslow & Millrood in Conshohocken, PA

PRESIDENT

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Larry A. Tawwater

“AAJ is the most important guardian that our civil justice system has. I will work to ensure the organization’s continued strength and engage its greatest asset—its members.” 

A partner at the Tawwater Law Firm in Oklahoma City, Mr. Tawwater served as AAJ president-elect in 2014–15, vice president in 2013–14, secretary in 2012–13, treasurer in 2011–12, and parliamentarian in 2010–11.

He also has served on the Board of Governors since 1988. He has chaired the Audit, Budget, Public Affairs, and Legal Affairs committees, the ABA Task Force, and the National Finance Council. In addition, he has served as a member of the Enfranchisement Task Force and as a president of the Oklahoma Association for Justice. Mr. Tawwater earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1969 and his J.D. from the school’s College of Law in 1972.

PRESIDENT-ELECT


Julie Braman Kane

“I commit to leadership in AAJ because I believe in the Constitution. I believe that we are the stopgap to its erosion.”
 
A partner with Colson Hicks Eidson in Coral Gables, Fla., Ms. Kane served as vice president in 2014–15, secretary in 2013–14, treasurer in 2012–13, and parliamentarian in 2011–12. She has served on the Board of Governors since 2001 and has chaired the Election Task Force, National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees, Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, National Finance Council, and the Membership Oversight and Voter Protection Action committees. 
 
She also has served as a commissioner on the Florida Elections Commission and as president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Miami-Dade Chapter. Ms. Kane graduated from the University of Miami in 1990 and earned her J.D. from the university’s School of Law in 1993.


VICE PRESIDENT


Kathleen Lenehan Nastri

“ W hen we work together, we are stronger and we can be more responsive to the needs and concerns of all our members.”
 
A partner with Koskoff , Koskoff & Bieder in Bridgeport, Conn., Ms. Nastri served as AAJ’s secretary in 2014–15 and treasurer in 2013–14. She has served as a member of the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, AAJ PAC Board of Trustees/AAJ PAC, National Finance Council, Enfranchisement Task Force, Diversity Task Force, and State Delegates. She also has 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.


SECRETARY


Elise R. Sanguinetti

“My focus this year will be on retaining and recruiting AAJ members. I look forward to meeting potential members and thanking existing ones at different state events.” 
 
Founder of Sanguinetti Law in Oakland, Calif., Ms. Sanguinetti served as 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, and New Lawyers Division. She has served as vice chair of the Public Affairs Committee and as a member of the AAJ PAC Board of Trustees, the Exchange Advisory Committee, and the Executive, Budget, and Justice List committees. She also is the president elect 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.


TREASURER


Bruce H. Stern

"With leadership comes responsibility. I am honored to contribute to the welfare of AAJ’s members and your clients, and to keep us moving forward.”
 
A shareholder in Stark & Stark in Princeton, N.J., Mr. Stern served as AAJ’s parliamentarian in 2014–15 and is a member of the National Finance Council. 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.


PARLIAMENTARIAN

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Tobi L. Millrood

“ A chieving AAJ’s mission requires dedication, perseverance, and creativity—together, we can reach greater heights and overcome the greatest challenges.”
 
A partner with Pogust, Braslow & Millrood in Philadelphia and Conshohocken, Pa., Mr. Millrood has previously been elected to the Executive Committee and currently chairs the Evergreen Advisory Board.
 
He is cochair of the Marketing and Practice Development Committee and is a past chair of the Section and Litigation Group Coordination Committee. He has served on the Budget, Publications, Diversity, and Membership Oversight committees, and on the Governance Task Force, National Finance Counsel, and PAC Task Force. He also served as an 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.