Avery Gardiner, Chief Legal Officer, Legal Action Project
She brings extensive litigation experience to the Brady Center, having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation, including on behalf of the United States as a lawyer at the Department of Justice.
Ms. Gardiner graduated with honors from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She has practiced law with the firms of Kirkland & Ellis and WilmerHale, in addition to her DOJ experience. Most recently, she was an in-house counsel at Verizon Communications Inc. She began her career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Jonathan Lowy, Director, Legal Action Project
Mr. Lowy has published numerous articles on gun litigation and policy, and has discussed firearms issues extensively in the media, including on CBS News, MSNBC, 20/20, the Lehrer News Hour, C-Span, NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and American Lawyer.
Mr. Lowy graduated from Harvard College in 1983, and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1988. Before joining the Center, he practiced law with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro and Morin, with the Charlottesville, Virginia office of McGuire Woods Battle and Boothe, and on his own.
Mariel Goetz, Counsel, Partnerships and Litigation, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Ms. Goetz brings nearly a decade of litigation experience to the Brady Center, including in constitutional and appellate cases, class actions, regulatory and administrative law matters, and complex civil litigation. During her time in private practice, she was a four-time recipient of the Super Lawyers Rising Star award, and regularly was named to DC's Pro Bono High Honor Roll for her commitment to pro bono work. That work included six years of litigation with the Brady Center to help achieve the landmark 2017 victory striking down an NRA-backed Florida law that unconstitutionally restricted doctors' speech with patients about guns.
Ms. Goetz graduated from Rice University in 2004 and with honors from Harvard Law School in 2008. From 2008 until joining the Brady Center in 2017, she practiced law with the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP.
Zayden Tethong is the Legal Assistant at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Zayden's duties include investigating new case leads and assisting attorneys through the litigation process. Prior to joining Brady Center, Zayden was a paralegal at the Department of Justice. Zayden graduated from Mount Holyoke College.