Staff

David B. Rankin has been actively involved in numerous first amendment cases and in the defense of protesters and bystanders arrested at or around demonstrations. During the Republican National Convention in 2004, he helped lead the National Lawyers Guild’s legal response to unconstitutional police practices by organizing nearly 1,000 lawyers and legal workers. Over the last 10 years Mr. Rankin has represented 100s of plaintiffs in lawsuits against the NYPD, the City of New York, and other municipalities. Mr. Rankin has been invited to conduct legal trainings for lawyers on civil rights matters at the Practicing Law Institute, New York County Lawyers Association, the Legal Aid Society, the Federal Bar Counsel, amongst others. Additionally, Mr. Rankin has lectured on policing issues at the area law schools. Mr. Rankin received a B.A. from Reed College and a J.D. from New York Law School. While in law school was an assistant to the past President of the ACLU. He is a member of the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. He is the proud father of Eva Lucia and happy husband to Alexandra Goncalves.

Recent Continuing Legal Education Presentations:
lawline.com, January 24, 2017 – Filming the Police: The First Amendment Retaliation Claim
New York County Lawyers Association, December 2, 2016 – Examinations: 50h Hearings and Depositions
Federal Bar Council, May 5, 2016 – Trial Advocacy Training: Direct Examinations

 

 

Gillian Cassell-Stiga attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she led the council governing community service and advocacy organizations and was a community economic justice organizer. After college, Gillian ran a small nonprofit in Peru and worked briefly in economic consulting. At Brooklyn Law School, Gillian was both an International Business Law Fellow and a Sparer Public Interest Fellow. She focused on corporate accountability for human rights violations, pursuing Alien Tort Statute litigation against US corporations as a summer clerk for International Rights Advocates in Ecuador. Additionally, she led a team at the Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy Clinic which counseled government and international organizations on first amendment and intellectual property concerns and provided legal assistance to social enterprises. She graduated with the Judge I. Leo Glasser Prize for Commitment to Public Interest Law and was a post-graduate fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights on the human rights docket, where she further assisted with ATS work including the amicus filed in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. After working in commercial litigation for a couple of years, Gillian joined Rankin & Taylor in 2014 and now focuses on Police and Government misconduct in addition to general civil rights matters. She has provided business and legal counsel to nonprofits and social enterprises for over ten years and presently serves on the board of the Learning About Multimedia Project. Gillian is also an avid soccer player.

 

photos-janeJane L. Moisan is a 2010 graduate of Northeastern School of Law. She started at Rankin & Taylor in 2011. Prior to law school and after graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Jane worked for the homeless as a street outreach counselor. She also volunteered for five years as an intake counselor at the American Civil Liberties Union, providing referrals and advocacy to persons seeking ACLU assistance, with a focus on prisoner advocacy. During this time, she was a member of several progressive collectives, including a print publication, an event space, and a bookstore, with focus on criminal justice system and global economic justice.

While at Northeastern School of Law, Jane was selected by the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) for several prestigious fellowships, including with the Centre on Human Rights and Evictions (COHRE) in Geneva, Switzerland, where she submitted cases to European human rights courts, and with the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP) in DC, where she coordinated national testimony for the first mission of the UN’s expert on extreme poverty, and for a post-graduate research fellowship with PHRGE, the outcome of which was a set of over 30 guiding principles on the rights of non-citizens.

Jane is a member of the Law for Black Lives network, the Bringing Human Rights Home network, and the National Lawyers Guild, and is on the advisory board of 596 Acres.

 

Originally from Rhode Island, Abigail Robinson moved to New York City in 2011 and soon thereafter became involved in Occupy Wall Street providing jail support and other legal support to fellow activists. Through this work Abigail became a member of Mutant Legal; a legal collective focused on providing legal support and education to peoples’ movements and marginalized communities traditionally excluded from access to meaningful justice. Since coming to work at Rankin & Taylor in 2013, Abigail has utilized her organization skills and experience as a legal activist in her role as Chief Paralegal. Abigail continues to provide legal support to the activist community in New York City. In addition to Mutant Legal, Abigail works on the Just Info Hotline providing legal information to New York City residents with questions regarding the criminal justice system. Abigail is also a NLG Legal Observer. Abigail received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of South Florida and is working on an M.A. in Sociology from the City College of New York.

 

 

 

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Gladys Iturralde has been working in the legal field since 1998, both as a paralegal and legal assistant. She has been with Rankin & Taylor since 2015. She provides legal, executive and administrative support in wide range of assignments including client and employee relations, negotiations, settlements, litigation, research, calendar keeping, global travel arrangements, meeting and event coordination, expense and time reports, translations, deadlines and ad-hoc projects. She volunteers as an elder friendly visitor for the Sunnyside Community Center every Saturday and in prior years with God’s Love We Deliver. She is a native Spanish speaker.

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Pooler is a New York City native born in Jamaica, Queens and raised in Harlem. After graduating from P.U.L.S.E. High School in 2013, Donald came to work at Rankin & Taylor as an intern. Donald excelled at his work and was soon promoted to the position of paralegal. Donald currently attends LaGuardia College studying Liberal Arts. He is an active member of the Boys Club of New York participating in their Summer Super Heroes program helping elementary school children develop and maintain an interest in reading. Donald currently resides in the Bronx with his mother Donna and younger brother Daryl.

 

 

 

Of Counsel:

photos-mikeMichael L. Spiegel has been a civil rights attorney for over twenty years.  He has extensive experience as a trial attorney in both criminal and civil cases — he started as a criminal defense attorney with the Legal Aid Society, where he tried dozens of cases, and he later represented clients facing the death penalty at trial and on appeal.  In 1992-93, during the height of the AIDS epidemic in New York, he was the founding Director of a federally-funded HIV Legal Assistance Clinic, and won the first case in the nation establishing the right to distribute clean syringes to help prevent HIV transmission.

In civil rights cases, he has represented hundreds of clients in cases against police and corrections departments in the New York City area.  He represented several hundred people wrongfully arrested while exercising their First Amendment rights during the 2004 Republican National Convention, which resulted in a historic $18 million settlement and a successful verdict at the trial of protesters who were not included in the settlement.  He has taught at many civil rights training programs for lawyers, and has served on the Civil Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association.