Our Team

Sarah K. Brown Managing Attorney
P. 304.720.0876 F. 304.344.3145 -- Sarah joined Mountain State Justice as an attorney in January 2011. Prior to working at Mountain State Justice, Sarah practiced law as a founding member of Baker & Brown, PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia. Sarah previously clerked for Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Sarah graduated from the American University Washington College of Law in 2008, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.
Clint Carte Staff Attorney
P. 304.344.3144 F. 304.344.3145 -- Clint joined Mountain State Justice as an attorney in October 2018. Prior to starting at Mountain State Justice, Clint practiced as a public defender in Pocahontas County before working as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia. Clint graduated from the WVU College of Law in 2008, where he was a member of the Moot Court team. Clint received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Laura Davidson Staff Attorney
P. 304.326.0188 F. 304.326.0189 Laura Davidson joined Mountain State Justice in the fall of 2020 as a West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest fellow. Laura represents West Virginia workers in employment, black lung, and workplace safety litigation. Laura graduated from West Virginia University College of Law where she received the Patrick Duffy Koontz Award for outstanding service, leadership, and character. Before law school, Laura worked with WV FREE, West Virginia’s leading reproductive health, rights, and justice organization. Additionally, she worked for Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico in Washington, DC.
Krissy Dailey Paralegal
P. 304.344.3144 F. 304.344.3145 -- Krissy joined Mountain State Justice in September 2020. She has worked in the legal field since 2000 and has experience in a variety of law including, personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, insurance disputes, nursing home neglect and toxic tort cases.
Hannah Ford Receptionist/File Clerk
P. 304.344.3144 F. 304.344.3145 -- Hannah began working for the Charleston office of Mountain State Justice in January 2017. After taking some time off to start a family, she rejoined the MSJ team in January 2019.
Daniel F. Hedges Of Counsel
P. 304.344.5564 F. 304.344.3145 -- Since graduating from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1971, Dan has devoted his career to influencing the law to better serve low-income West Virginians. Dan was a lawyer and Litigation Director for over 20 years at the Appalachian Research, Education, and Defense Fund (AppalRED) pursuing legal reform on issues such as education funding, institutional conditions, mental health services, juvenile justice issues, and worker safety, as well as consumer rights. In 1996, Dan founded and became the first Executive Director of Mountain State Justice. Dan has served as Vice Chairman of both the Litigation Subcommittee and the ADR Subcommittee of the American Bar Association, and he has testified before the House Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development about predatory lending. In 2003, Dan received the Vern Countryman Award from the National Consumer Law Center for his outstanding work as an advocate for low-income consumers and is widely regarded as one of the top consumer attorneys in the country.
Lizzie Howard Paralegal
P. 304.344.5564 F. 304.344.3145 -- Lizzie began working for the Charleston office of Mountain State Justice in 2021. She is currently studying to become a certified paralegal. Lizzie previously worked in the civil rights and governmental regulation fields for both nonprofits and for the Communication Workers of America. Lizzie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 2014.
Brandie Huff Operations Administrator
P. 304.326.0188 F. 304.326.0189 -- Brandie began working for the Clarksburg office of Mountain State Justice in the summer of 2009. Previously, Brandie had 17 years of experience in retail management. Brandie received her Degree in Administration in the Spring of 2009. Brandie spends her off hours fostering and volunteering with a local animal rescue.
Lindsey Jacobs Advocacy & Access Program Director
P. 304.344.3144 F. 304.344.3145 -- Lindsey joined Mountain State Justice in 2021 as the Advocacy & Access Program Director to oversee the organization's social work and organizing efforts. Prior to joining the team, she coordinated grassroots organizing and lobbying efforts in South Carolina around public education, clean energy, and food access. Before focusing on movement work, Lindsey worked as a poverty law attorney in the Carolinas, representing mostly undocumented women and children who were survivors of abuse. She graduated magna cum laude from law school in 2013, where she served on the law review and achieved pro bono honors. She obtained her B.A. in Spanish from West Virginia University. Outside of work, you can find her frolicking with her husband Brennan, pup, and two cats.
Gabriel Jones Paralegal/Executive Assistant
P. 304.326.0188 F. 304.326.0189 -- Gabriel joined Mountain State Justice as a paralegal in May 2020. Gabriel graduated from Fairmont State University with a BS in History in 2011. He has experience working in the court system since 2012 including being a courtroom clerk for Judge Michael Aloi and Judge Patrick Wilson in the 16th Judicial Circuit of West Virginia.
Rachel Kerns Finance & Operations Manager
P. 304.344.5564 F. 304.344.3145 --
Rachel joined the Mountain State Justice team in Spring of 2017 as an office administrator. Rachel brings with her over 15 years of financial and budget management, as well as a full range of administrative and management experience. She is involved in various community and statewide projects, and serves as Board President of the West Virginia International Film Festival and Kanawha State Forest Foundation. Rachel is also a running coach with the local chapter of Girls Run the Nation.
Jackie Lane Senior Paralegal
P. 681.207.7510 F. 681.207.7513 -- Jackie joined Mountain State Justice as a paralegal in September, 2017. Jackie has worked as a paralegal for 10+ years and has experience in a variety of aspects of law including, but not limited to, medical malpractice, personal injury, employment law, lemon law, and consumer law.
Katy Lewis Immigration Attorney
P. 304-326-0188 F. 304-326-0189 -- Katy joined Mountain State Justice as an immigration attorney in January 2021. Since 2018, Katy has and continues to work as a consulting attorney with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Defending Vulnerable Populations Program. From 2011 to 2018, she was a senior associate attorney at Van Der Hout, LLP. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Lewis worked as an associate attorney at the Law Office of Robert B. Jobe. At both San Francisco-based immigration law firms, her work focused on removal defense, family-based, and humanitarian-based immigration cases. From 2006 to 2007, Katy served as a Judicial Law Clerk/Attorney Advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, at the Los Angeles Immigration Court, as part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Katy graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2006 where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. Katy received her bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from the University of Delaware. Katy is a California State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law.
Blaire L. Malkin Staff Attorney
P. 304.344.3144 F. 304.344.3145 -- Blaire joined Mountain State Justice in 2017. Prior to working at Mountain State Justice, Blaire spent eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of West Virginia, where she served as the Civil Rights and Human Trafficking Coordinator. As an AUSA in the criminal division, Blaire prosecuted complex mail and wire fraud schemes, racketeering, environmental crimes, mine safety violations, and violent crimes. Blaire previously clerked for Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the Southern District of West Virginia. Blaire graduated from Harvard Law School in 2006. Blaire received her bachelor’s degree with high honors from Tufts University in Medford, MA.
Lora McDonald Social Work Intern
P. 304.326.0188 F. 304.326.0189 -- Lora graduated from WVU with her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in May of 2020. She is currently pursuing joint Master's Degrees in Social Work and Public Administration at WVU with interests in clinical practice, client advocacy, and policy development.
Lydia C. Milnes Senior Attorney
P. 304.326.0188 F. 304.326.0189 -- Lydia, who joined Mountain State Justice in January 2012, focuses primarily on the reform of institutions such as mental health, juvenile, and correctional facilities. Lydia additionally advocates to protect the legal rights of children in need of special education and West Virginia consumers. Lydia is currently serving as a member of the West Virginia State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. After graduating from Northeastern University School of Law in 2007, Lydia spent two years clerking for Judge Irene Keeley in federal district court in the Northern District of West Virginia, and then clerked for two and a half years for Justice Margaret Workman on West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals. Before law school, Lydia worked as a legal assistant in the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union. Lydia received her bachelor’s degree from Haverford College, where she graduated with honors in political science.
Michael Nissim-Sabat Senior Attorney
P. 304.326.0188 F. 304.326.0189 -- Michael first joined Mountain State Justice in September 2013 to begin his legal career in consumer protection as a Post-Graduate Fellow awarded by the West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest. Michael graduated from West Virginia University College of Law in 2013, graduating in the top 10% of his class (Order of the Coif) and with Pro Bono Distinction. He served as the President of Public Interest Advocates, and he was an Executive Editor with the West Virginia Law Review. In 2015-16, Michael served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephanie D. Thacker on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and following his clerkship, Michael returned to Mountain State Justice’s Morgantown office. Michael received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Washington and a master’s degree from Marshall University.
Bren J. Pomponio Litigation Director
P. 304.344.3144 F. 304.344.3145 -- Bren has worked as an attorney at Mountain State Justice, representing low-income West Virginians in consumer cases and Medicaid rights cases, since 2000. Previously, Bren clerked for Judge Joseph R. Goodwin and Judge Charles H. Haden II, both in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Bren graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1998, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. Bren received his bachelor’s degree from University of Georgia.
Kim Richards Intake Specialist
P. 304.344.3144 F. 304.344.3145 -- Kim joined Mountain State Justice in 2016. Kim worked as a legal assistant from 2006 to early 2015. In 2015, prior to joining Mountain State Justice, Kim was the administrative assistant in a real estate company as well as a real estate agent.
Gary Smith Senior Attorney
P. 304.326.0188 F. 304.326.0189 -- Gary Smith received his J.D. with honors from Ohio State in 1977. He served 23 years with legal service programs in Ohio, including 13 years as litigation director for the program serving 28 counties in the Appalachian areas of that state. Gary thereafter focused on class action consumer and civil rights work as a managing partner of a private law firm in southern Ohio and as special litigation counsel for the Equal Justice Project, a non-profit public interest law firm. Gary joined Mountain State Justice after serving four years as a senior attorney with the Northwest Justice Project in the state of Washington.
Chris Torres Bilingual Paralegal
P. 304.326.0188 F. 304.326.0189 -- Chris joined Mountain State Justice as a bilingual paralegal in June 2021. Chris graduated with a Bachelor’s in English, Minoring in
Writing and Communications from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in May 2018. He has worked in the legal field since 2016 in various aspects of legal research.
Jennifer S. Wagner Executive Director
P. 304.326.0188 F. 304.326.0189 -- Jennifer joined Mountain State Justice in the summer of 2008 as a Skadden Fellow, and served as Managing Attorney and Co-Director before being named by the Board of Directors as Executive Director in 2020. Jennifer represents low-income West Virginians in consumer, civil rights, health care, and workers' rights litigation. Jennifer is a Consumer Fellow to the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the American Bar Association and has testified before the House Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance about mortgage regulation. Prior to joining Mountain State Justice, Jennifer clerked for Judge M. Blane Michael on the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and worked as an advocate for HIV+, mentally ill, homeless adults in New York City. She graduated with honors from New York University School of Law and Harvard College.
Keeley Wildman Social Work Intern
P. 304.326.0188 F. 304.326.0189 -- Keeley graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s of Multidisciplinary Studies in May 2019. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work at WVU with interests in clinical practice, advocacy, community organizing, and policy development.
Leann Williams Social Work Intern
P. 304.326.0188 F. 304.326.0189 -- Leann graduated Marshall University with a Bachelor’s of Social Work in December of 2019. She is currently pursuing Master Degrees in Social Work and Public Administration at WVU with interests in nonprofit management, advocacy, community organizing, and policy development. Leann has experience working with education justice, case work with geriatric populations, voting rights, economic justice, and social service reform.

Our Board

Elizabeth Wehner, Chair
Frank Crabtree, Vice-Chair
Emily Chittenden-Laird, Treasurer
Joseph Cohen
Charles “Skip” Garten, Jr.
Jena Martin
Jane Moran
Ray E. Ratliff
Lida Shepherd
Paul Sheridan
Delegate Danielle Walker