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Thad M. Guyer
Attorney at Law
Asian Whistleblower Outreach Project (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) January 2015 to Present: Lead outreach, education, client intake for expanding American and European whistleblower protection regimes into Asia. Educate practicing lawyers, NGOs, law school and university students, and business consultants about the value of whistleblower protection to corporations, governments and civil society.
Partner, T.M. Guyer & Friends, PC (Washington, DC, Seattle and Miami) July 1990 to Present: Private law practice with exclusive focus on employee whistleblower litigation in international, state and federal courts and agencies. The law firm devotes approximately half of its resources to litigating international and U.S. cases on behalf of the Government Accountability Project in Washington, D.C.
Litigation Director, Government Accountability Project (Washington, DC and Seattle) March 2002 to January 2005: Supervise all state and federal court, and agency litigation of four attorneys and support staff located in Washington, DC, and Seattle. Litigation centers on employment law under First Amendment and statutory protections of employee whistleblowers who disclose fraud, illegality, mismanagement and environmental damage. Primary duties include staff training, quality control, technology integration, system functionality for timekeeping and calendaring, and discharge of obligations to clients. Secondary duties include preparation of yearly strategic plan for goals and objectives, quarterly reports to the board of directors, and coordination with executive director and program directors. The litigation unit is a support function for substantive law reform programs addressing corporate crime and accountability, homeland and national security, federal civil service, food safety, and commercial and defense operation of nuclear facilities. The litigation unit works regularly with coordinate support functions of communications and media, and legislative affairs. Travel monthly between Washington, DC and Seattle office, with apartment in each city.
T.M. Guyer, PC, Private law firm (Medford, Oregon) July 1990 to March 2002: Sole practice as counsel and co-counsel in civil rights cases, primarily police and prison misconduct in excessive force and searches and seizures under Fourth Amendment. As part of police misconduct practice, provided criminal defense in select cases as predicate to civil rights claims.
Staff Attorney, Coalition for International Justice (The Hague, Netherlands), May to September, 1996: Volunteer position at International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, an American Bar Association project. Legal research and writing to support tribunal adoption of criminal protections and procedures from the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. (See attached article from West Publications).
Executive Director, Center for NonProfit Legal Services, Inc. (Medford, Oregon) June 1984 to July 1990: Combined civil and criminal poverty law program, non-federally funded. Supervised four to six staff attorneys, support staff and volunteer attorneys. Prepared annual budgets and grant proposals to private, local and state funders. Regular meetings and coordination with board of directors, sister public defender and legal aid organizations, and state and local bar associations. Handled modified civil and criminal caseload, including jury trials for non-capital felony defenses. CNPLS had a state criminal defender contract from 1982 to 1986, until the creation of a full-time public defender office in 1986.
Staff Attorney, Center for NonProfit Legal Services, Inc. (Medford, Oregon) June February 1982 to June 1984: Criminal defense and domestic violence staff attorney. Handled mixed caseload of criminal (misdemeanor, felony, juvenile, and mental commitment) and civil cases.
Staff Attorney, Memphis Area Legal Services and Central Arkansas Legal Services (rural Tennessee and Arkansas), December 1977 to February 1982: Handled mixed civil rights and criminal defense caseload in six rural counties of Tennessee and Arkansas.
United States Army, 1968-1970: Infantry Sergeant, Vietnam tour of duty (February to December 1970) with 199th Light Infantry Brigade (airmobile) and 25th Infantry Division (mechanized), training, reconnaissance and combat operations with ARVN troops (Army of Republic of Vietnam).
Antioch School of Law, Washington, DC, JD 1978: Antioch was a Lyndon Johnson 1960’s “war on poverty” program centered around an in-house Legal Services Corporation clinic and public defender office. It was fully accredited, and initially sponsored by George Washington University, then by Antioch University (based in Ohio). President Regan campaigned in 1981 to end funding to the law school, and it has since become the University of District of Columbia Law School.
Georgetown University, Washington, DC, BS International Law and Politics 1975: Graduated sum cum laude, member of national debate team, study abroad in Quito, Ecuador.
COURT AND INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL ADMISSIONS
United States Supreme Court
United States Courts of Appeal for 5th, 6th, 9th, 11th and Federal Circuits
United States Department of Labor Administrative Review Board
United States Department of Energy Office of Hearings and Appeals
United States Merit System Protection Board
United Nations Tribunal (New York, Geneva and Nairobi Divisions)
World Bank Tribunal (Washington, DC)
International Labor Organization Tribunal (Geneva)
Latin American Development Bank Tribunal (Washington, DC)
African Development Bank Tribunal (Tunisia)
Stephani L. Ayers
Attorney at Law
Founding Partner and Trial Litigator, T.M. Guyer and Ayers & Friends, PC (Seattle and Miami) January 2005 to Present: Private law practice in two partner firm with exclusive focus on employee whistleblower litigation in state and federal courts and agencies. The law firm devotes approximately half of its time resources to litigating cases on behalf of the Government Accountability Project under its Adjunct Attorney Program. Extensive experience in jury trials in state and federal courts in Alaska, New Mexico, Oregon and Tennessee, significant litigation in Washington state and federal courts, and lengthy hearings across the United States in the Department of Labor, Merit Systems Protection Board and Department of Energy Office of Hearings and Appeals. Co-counsel in International Employment Retaliation cases in Geneva and Tunisia.
Litigation Associate and Associate General Counsel, Government Accountability Project (Washington, DC and Seattle) April 2002 to January 2005: Assisted senior counsel and co-litigators with state and federal court and agency litigation. Focused extensively on the employee protection provisions of environmental statutes at DOE nuclear facilities including INL/INEEL, the Hanford Site, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, and Los Alamos National Laboratory litigating on behalf of workers advocating environmental and public health and safety. Experience in Department of Labor investigations and hearings and Merit Systems Protection Board cases on behalf of corporate fraud and environmental whistleblowers. Trial co-counsel in Keefer & Six Law Enforcement Agents vs. U.S. Forest Service, MSPB, a one month trial in two cities requiring cross examination of FBI agents and U.S. Attorneys, with a four lawyer GAP trial team. Litigation Committee member in planning and launching GAP's Litigation Unit with offices in Washington, D.C. and Seattle and a nationwide case docket.
Volunteer, Housing Justice Project (Seattle), April 2002 to March 2005: Assist in providing legal advice and representation for low-income tenants having problems with their landlords, including help answering eviction paperwork, negotiation with landlords, and court representation.
Legal Associate, Environmental International, Ltd. (Seattle, Washington), December 2001 – March 2002, assisted in the researching, drafting, and editing of “The Natural Resource Damage Assessment Deskbook: A Legal and Technical Analysis” under guidance of authors Valerie Ann Lee and P.J. Bridgen. Secondary duties included assisting Northwest tribes with legal issues surrounding the treatment of contaminated sediments, and composing a Federal Advisory Committee Act training manual for government employees.
Freedom of Information Clearinghouse Assistant Director, Public Citizen (Washington, DC) October 2000 – June 2001. Public Citizen is a non-profit founded by Ralph Nader that includes a litigation team devoted to the public’s right to access information. Duties included assisting approximately 40 individuals or groups per week in drafting Freedom of Information Act requests and appeals; advising public interest groups, reporters and citizens regarding each state’s open record and open meeting laws; and assisting in presentations for visiting foreign journalists and activists regarding access laws.
Law Clerk, Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund (Seattle, WA)
Summer 2000. Earthjustice is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to legal action on behalf of environmental protection. Duties included drafting memoranda addressing issues of statutory interpretation and administrative review, conducting extensive discovery document review in preparation for trial, and researching legal issues for lawsuits brought under the Administrative Procedures Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Legal Intern, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (Washington, DC)
Spring 1999-Fall 1999. PEER is a whistleblower advocacy nonprofit protecting federal employees who report on environmental wrongdoing, pressing their cases both in litigation and in Congress and state legislatures. Duties included composing federal agency administrative filings and petitions, press releases, and a report on violence against federal environmental agency employees. Also assisted in client intake conferences and litigation strategy meetings.
The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC, J.D., High Honors,
May 2001: The George Washington Law School was one of the leading environmental law schools from 1998-2001, offering extensive coursework in environmental law including federal RCRA, CERCLA and CWA legislation and regulations; and in coastal ecology, species protection, and international environmental law. Class Rank: top 15%, member of the “Environmental Lawyer” Journal, and GW Volleyball Club. Performed clinical work with the National Committee to End Wrongful Executions (September–December 2000) and clinical work assisting students with disabilities before the D.C. Office of Human Rights from December 2000-April 2001.
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, B.A., Environmental Science and Public Policy, Cum Laude, June 1997. In 1993, Harvard University began a new course of study that combined rigorous science requirements with study of the history and sociology of the US and international environmental movements. Published senior honors thesis, “Is the Destruction of Wetlands a Legal Nuisance?”; member, Varsity Volleyball Team; volunteer for four years, People Making a Difference.