The IJ Team

IJ’s attorneys and staff work on behalf of those with the heart but not the means to fight for their most important rights. We take our clients’ cases before judges and their stories to the general public, and we educate the public, grassroots activists, lawmakers, lawyers and law students, and elite academic audiences about the vital importance of the protections and principles enshrined in the Constitution.

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Bert Gall

Managing Vice President and Senior Attorney

Vice Presidents


Paul Avelar

Managing Attorney of the Institute for Justice Arizona Office

Arif Panju

Managing Attorney of the Institute for Justice Texas Office

Justin Pearson

Managing Attorney of the Institute for Justice Florida Office

Joshua Windham

Attorney and Elfie Gallun Fellow in Freedom and the Constitution


Molly Hanis

Paralegal and Office Manager (TX and AZ Office)

Kendall Morton

Assistant Director of Litigation Special Projects and Paralegal (TX Office)



Strategic Relations

Strategic Research


Meagan Forbes

Director of Legislation and Senior Legislative Counsel

IJ Clinic

Center for Judicial Engagement



Kat Wrench

Student Programs Coordinator and Legal Recruiter