Lawyers Helping Hungry Children is an all-volunteer organization.  Our dedicated board members oversee every aspect of our work and are constantly looking for new ways to expand our programs and deepen our impact. 

MEET OUR 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS





   

Robert C. Mussehl - Founder

Robert C. Mussehl has been a Seattle Trial Lawyer for over 40 years and he’s currently practicing law with The Law Office of Robert C. Mussehl. His practice emphasizes the representation of injured persons. He is also a sport lawyer/agent. Mr. Mussehl has represented NBA players in extensive contract negotiations, including Spencer Haywood, Fred Brown, Slick Watts, and Zaid Abdul Aziz (Don Smith). He served as the Chair of the American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution (2001-2002), in which he was a co-founder, and has more than 10 years of elected leadership in the ABA section of Dispute Resolution. He has been a certified panel member of the American Arbitration Association for over 35 years, and served many years as a mediator for the Settlement Now Program established in King County to reduce court congestion. Martindale-Hubbell, the National Law Directory, has given Mr. Mussehl a rating of "A-V," the highest rating the publication bestows upon lawyers for legal ability, integrity, professional reliability and diligence. He is also the co-founder and past chair (1980) of the Washington State Bar Association' World Peace Through Law Section. He has earned a perfect 10-star ranking through the AVVO legal rating, the highest that is awarded. 


In 1991, he founded the Lawyers Helping Hungry Children campaign, responsible for providing more than 5 million meals, for which he received the 1997 American Institute for Public Service Jefferson Award. Most recently, he was awarded the LHHC Founder's Award in 2016 at the 25th Anniversary Campaign Luncheon.

          


Marla Zink 

Marla Zink serves as appellate counsel for indigent parties on appeal through the not-for-profit Washington Appellate Project.  Prior to joining the Washington Appellate Project, Marla was an associate at K&L Gates and clerked for the Honorable Robert Beezer on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Marla joined the Board of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children to help solve local hunger issues and to encourage others to do the same.  


 

Neal Philip


Neal Philip is a former chair of the LHHC Board of Directors and a partner at the firm of Gordon & Rees, where his practice focuses on the litigation of commercial and insurance coverage matters, as well as appellate advocacy.  Neal has been on the LHHC board since 2001 and in 2010 the Children’s Alliance recognized him for his efforts in the fight against child hunger by presenting him with the 2010 “Voices for Children” award.



 
Dua M. Abudiab

Dua graduated from South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX and worked at the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office prior to joining the ranks of the Department of Public Defense—The Defender Association (TDA). She joined the board in 2015 to help the fight against child hunger. She also volunteers at Seattle Children’s Hospital in their Child Life division  where she gets to play with patients and siblings to minimize the impact of hospitalization.






John A. Bender


John Bender is a member of the litigation team at Ryan Swanson & Cleveland. He is a highly regarded financial services lawyer, and joined LHHC because nobody can argue that helping all children to be well fed is not a great and noble goal.




Harish Bharti
Harish Bharti is noted for filing 43 lawsuits against a serial rapist to protect his clients within a record number of days. Mr. Bharti is a trial lawyer who has tried many high profile cases. He taught trial techniques at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College. Mr. Bharti prosecuted a discrimination class action against Boeing on behalf of thousands of Asian American engineers. Mr. Bharti settled for $12 million a class action against McDonald's on behalf of vegetarians and Hindus to whom McDonald's issued a public apology for false advertising as well as a disclosure of their ingredients list. Mr. Bharti has successfully settled class actions involving Jenny Craig, Diamond Parking, Drico Recovery Services, and Ticket Track, Inc.


 

Todd Carlisle

Todd Carlisle is a staff attorney with the Northwest Justice Project in Tacoma.  His practice includes Medicaid and Medicare law, Social Security law, developmental disabilities law, rights of disabled tenants, and income maintenance.  He regularly provides training and education to clients and service providers on public benefits issues and disability rights issues.  Todd has been the President of Pierce County Chapter of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children since it formed in 2009. 


 
Fatima Dilek

Fatima Dilek is an Assistant City Prosecutor at the City of Seattle. She was born in Germany and raised in both Germany and Turkey. She moved to the U.S. to pursue her desire in higher education. Fatima received her B.A. from the University of Washington in Political Science and graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2014. Fatima has worked for both the prosecution and defense since graduating from law school. She also spent a year in Washington, D.C. doing policy work and lobbying for non-profit organizations. She believes that being part of LHHC gives hope to a future generation of leaders - with an aspiration of eliminating childhood hunger, Fatima is dedicated to this cause.


 

Elizabeth Hanley

Elizabeth Hanley is a Seattle attorney whose practice focuses on complex litigation, including civil rights, employment and labor, personal injury, and malpractice. She has served on the board since 2006, including as Vice-Chair.


          

 

William Fuld

Bill Fuld is a lawyer at Liberty Mutual Insurance where his practice focuses on insurance defense, construction defect, and personal injury defense. His favorite "legal" event of the year is the LHHC lunch and he looks forward to the day when not a single child goes hungry in Washington.


 

Robert Fulton

Rob Fulton is the founding member of Fulton & Philip PLLC.  He focuses his active trial practice on employment discrimination, wrongful termination, personal injury and commercial litigation. He received his J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law and his B.A. from Montana State University.





Robert J. Gaudet, Jr.

Robert J. Gaudet, Jr. is a plaintiffs'  human rights, civil rights, employment, and class action lawyer who also performs transactional work in the micro-finance industry.  He is licensed in Washington and Texas.  He graduated from Stanford Law School, worked for 5 years at a nationwide class action law firm, studied class actions in Europe under a Fulbright Grant, and started his own firm, RJ Gaudet & Associates LLC, where he works in cooperation with other lawyers on cases in New York, California, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and other jurisdictions.



Jackie Rosenblatt


          

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Julie Schisel - Immediate Past Chairperson

Julie Schisel is a shareholder in the Burien firm of Linn, Schisel & DeMarco, P.S., where her practice emphasizes the representation of parties in guardianship, trust and probate proceedings, as well as juvenile court dependency actions.  She is a member of the WSBA Elder Law Section's Executive Committee and is a past Chair of the King County Guardianship and Elder Law Section.  In addition to her work with LHHC, Julie serves as a guardian ad litem, is legal counsel to the Des Moines Area Food Bank, volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, and is an avid Sounders fan. 
    


Corinne Smith

Corinne Smith is a corporate associate at K&L Gates. She grew up in Peachtree City, Georgia and spent her time before law school studying and teaching literature. In her free time, Corinne enjoys beer, books, and board games.

Jan Trasen


Jan Trasen practices indigent appellate defense at the Washington Appellate Project.  Before moving to Seattle, she served as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society in New York City and also clerked for United States Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom in the Eastern District of New York.  Prior to law school, Jan learned first-hand about the importance of food service programs as a middle school teacher in East Los Angeles through Teach for America.
                  

Sean V. Walton


Sean
 is an insurance litigator at Cozen O’Connor in Seattle.  He grew up in Elmira, Oregon, then earned his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in 2008.  Sean then graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2011.  He is very involved in several Seattle non-profits, all of which serve the most vulnerable children in our community.  In his free time, Sean enjoys skiing, golf, and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.



Pierce County Board of Directors


Pictured left to right: Todd Carlisle, Tanya Pemberton, Arlene Joe, Amber Austin, Julian Bray, Jackie Rosenblatt, Jennifer Sorensen

 
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