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Henry Kerner graduated from Harvard Law School and spent 18 years working as a career prosecutor in California. In 2011, he joined the staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the chief investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives. Under Chairman Darrell Issa, and later, Chairman Jason Chaffetz, he led investigations of the federal bureaucracy and fought on behalf of whistleblowers to protect American taxpayers. Mr. Kerner was also the staff director under Ranking Member Sen. John McCain of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the lead investigative committee of the Senate. He left the Hill in early 2016 and joined Cause of Action Institute as assistant vice president for investigations. Cause of Action is a nonpartisan oversight group committed to exposing waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government. It has worked with whistleblowers and good government groups throughout the country.
Ellen Chubin Epstein comes to OSC from the United States Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C., where she worked for seventeen years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Ms. Epstein spent the last eleven years in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section. There she served as the lead prosecutor in multiple federal trials, led dozens of grand jury investigations, and supervised teams of federal law enforcement agents from agencies including the FBI, IRS, and Offices of Inspector General. Notably, Ms. Epstein worked on multiple investigations of fraud against the government involving disclosures by whistleblowers.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Ms. Epstein was a Senior Trial Attorney in the Office of Special Investigations of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. There she investigated and prosecuted individuals who assisted the Nazis in persecuting civilians during World War II. Before joining the U.S. Department of Justice, Ms. Epstein worked in private practice at the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. She received her law and undergraduate degrees from Harvard University.
Kimberley Baxter joined the U.S. Office of Special Counsel in 2010 as a general attorney, and became a supervisory attorney in 2015. Ms. Baxter leads a team of attorneys and investigators in the investigations of prohibited personnel practice matters. Prior to OSC, Ms. Baxter was in private practice following her clerkships with the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Circuit Court of Fairfax. Ms. Baxter graduated from the University of Virginia and received her J.D. from The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America. Ms. Baxter is licensed to practice in DC and VA.
Patrick H. Boulay leads Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) enforcement efforts at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. He has been at OSC since September 2000. Mr. Boulay previously worked as an attorney in OSC’s Investigation & Prosecution Division, handling Prohibited Personnel Practice and Hatch Act matters. He has twice testified before Congress about USERRA and has litigated before the Merit Systems Protection Board, including in
Silva v. Department of Homeland Security, which established government liability to contractor employees under USERRA. Mr. Boulay received his A.B. from Brown University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Emilee Collier joined the Office of Special Counsel in 2010. She leads a team of attorneys investigating and litigating prohibited personnel practice matters. She is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and Case Western Reserve University, and is a member of the Virginia bar.
Bruce Fong is the associate special counsel for investigation and prosecution for the agency's field offices. He joined the Office of Special Counsel’s prosecution division in 1983 after private practice and served as OSC’s senior trial attorney from 1987-2009. Mr. Fong specializes in whistleblower retaliation and other prohibited personnel practices and has represented OSC before the Merit Systems Protection Board in numerous significant cases, including
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Filiberti. Mr. Fong has been a frequent presenter at conferences and forums presenting on prohibited personnel practices and OSC’s enforcement program. His article, “Whistleblower Protection and the Office of Special Counsel: the Development of Reprisal Law in the 1980s,” is published at 40 Am.L.Rev. 1015 (1991). He is a past recipient of the S.F. Bay Area’s Federal Executive Board’s Federal Employee of the Year award for civil law enforcement. In 2016, he received the Burton Award for Public Service for professionalism, integrity, and intellectual contributions to his field. Mr. Fong received his J.D. from the University of California Law School (formerly Boalt Hall) and his A.B. from Brown University. He is a member of the State Bar of California and lives in Kensington, California.
Mahala Dar is the Clerk for OSC. As the Clerk, she serves as OSC’s Designated Chief Freedom of Information (FOIA) Officer, Senior Agency Official for Privacy, Senior Agency Official for Records Management, and Senior Agency Official for Controlled Unclassified Information. Ms. Dar joined OSC following 10 years of experience implementing full scale FOIA/Privacy programs. She served as an Assistant General Counsel for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency and contracted Deputy Project Manager at the United States Agency for International Development. Ms. Dar graduated from The George Washington University Law School with an LL.M. in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution and received her J.D. from Florida A&M University College of Law. During law school, she served as the Notes & Comments Editor of Law Review, Captain of the Mock Trial Team, and Board Member of Moot Court. She received a B.A. from the University of Miami.
Ana Galindo-Marrone began her employment at the Office of Special Counsel in 1998, and in 1999 she joined the prosecution division. She has been chief of the Hatch Act Unit since 2000. The Unit enforces compliance with the Act by investigating complaint allegations and litigating Hatch Act cases before the Merit Systems Protection Board. In addition, the Unit is responsible for a nationwide program that provides Hatch Act advisory opinions to federal, state, and local officials, as well as the public at large. Ms. Galindo-Marrone has been a frequent presenter at conferences and forums on the Hatch Act and OSC’s enforcement program. She has been a guest on several radio shows, including The Kojo Nnamdi Show, FEDtalk, Federal Drive, and In Depth. She also has testified or served as a technical consultant before several congressional committees considering Hatch Act reform, including the June 21, 2011, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing, "The Hatch Act: The Challenges of Separating Politics from Policy." Prior to joining OSC, Ms. Galindo-Marrone was a staff attorney for the School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida. Ms. Galindo-Marrone, who is a native of Miami, Florida, received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law.
Bruce Gipe joined the U.S. Office of Special Counsel as the Chief Operating Officer in 2016. Prior to coming to the OSC, he spent five years at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he served as the Principal Deputy Vice Chairman and a Veterans Law Judge. He was also a leader of the Department's LGBT Employee Work Group. Mr. Gipe served as the Director of Operations and Senior Legal Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice's Board of Immigration Appeals, where he oversaw the management of the Board's attorneys and advised the Chairman of the Board and the Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review on legal and policy matters. Mr. Gipe also served as an Administrative Appeals Judge on the Medicare Appeals Council at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Gipe is a Registered Respiratory Therapist, and for many years he managed post-surgical open-heart surgery patients in a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.
Anne M. Gullick is the Chief of the Dallas Field Office for the Office of Special Counsel in Dallas, Texas. She joined OSC’s Investigation and Prosecution Division as an attorney in 2005 after working for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Federal Labor Relations Authority. She has represented OSC before the Merit Systems Protection Board in multiple matters including
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Department of Homeland Security. Ms. Gullick graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in economics, and she earned her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Patrick comes to OSC from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR). During his time there, Patrick worked on a variety of issues, such as oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the District of Columbia, federal procurement and acquisition, and the 2020 Decennial Census. While in law school, Patrick clerked for OGR and the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, working on investigations such as the IRS targeting scandal and a financial company's misuse of financial products. Patrick grew up in South River, New Jersey. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a J.D. from the Emory University School of Law.
Jane Juliano has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution. She came to OSC from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she researched and studied decision science and role of religious values in negotiation. She was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and the Program on Negotiation in 2008-09. For the past twenty years, she has served as a mediator, arbitrator, and investigator in hundreds of cases for government and private sector clients through her firm, Juliano and Associates.Juliano has taught mediation and negotiation at Harvard University, Georgetown University Law Center, and George Washington University Law School. Prior to devoting her practice to alternative dispute resolution, she was a trial lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice and in private practice. She earned her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center, a Master in Public Administration at Harvard's Kennedy School, and a Master in Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School.
Karl Kammann joined the Office of Special Counsel in 2010. Before joining OSC, Mr. Kammann was a division chief in the Financial Management Directorate of the Department of the Interior, National Business Center. Prior to the Interior Department, Mr. Kammann worked in similar positions at the Food and Drug Administration. He earned a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University and an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University. Mr. Kammann also holds a Project Management Professional Certification, as well as a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University.
Zachary joins OSC after more than a decade working in communications for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. After beginning his career in 2005, Zac served as the committee's director of communications under the leadership of three different chairmen. Zachary departed Capitol Hill in 2016 and joined Cause of Action Institute, a nonprofit government watchdog group. Zachary grew up in Upstate New York and attended Greene Central High School. Zachary graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics.
Louis Lopez is the Associate Special Counsel for investigation and prosecution for the headquarters office in D.C. In that capacity, he oversees cases brought under the Civil Service Reform Act, the Whistleblower Protection Act, the Hatch Act, and USERRA. Prior to joining the Office of Special Counsel, he served in the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and at Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Lopez also has worked in private practice at law firms in both Washington, D.C., and Chicago, as well as at Washington Post Digital. For 10 years, Mr. Lopez served as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught advanced courses on labor and employment law. He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an LL.M. in Labor and Employment Law from Georgetown University Law Center.
Catherine McMullen is the chief of the Disclosure Unit at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, a position she has held since 1995. Ms. McMullen manages the whistleblower disclosure program at OSC, including the review of allegations received from federal employees, former federal employees, and applicants for federal employment, as well as the oversight of the Special Counsel's requests for investigation pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 1213.Ms. McMullen joined the Office of Special Counsel’s prosecution division in 1987. During her tenure in the prosecution division, she was detailed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a special assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia. Prior to her OSC employment, she was employed in the litigation division at the U.S. Maritime Administration. She also served as an assistant attorney general for the State of West Virginia and an assistant prosecuting attorney for Brooke County, West Virginia. Ms. McMullen was also in private practice with Bell, McMullen, and Cross in Wellsburg, West Virginia.Ms. McMullen received both her J.D. and B.A. in Political Science from West Virginia University. She is a member of the State Bar of West Virginia.
Elizabeth McMurray joined the Office of Special Counsel in 2010. Prior to joining OSC, she was an associate at an international law firm, where she represented clients in all stages of civil litigation in state and federal courts, with a focus on securities litigation and employment law. While at the firm, Ms. McMurray represented the City of New York in numerous trials. She received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where she was a Stein Scholar in Public Interest Law and a Crowley Scholar in International Human Rights. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College, as a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program.
Travis joins OSC from the Cause of Action Institute, a nonprofit government watchdog group. In his work at Cause of Action, Travis worked with whistleblowers and stakeholders to conduct strategic oversight of the executive branch through investigations, FOIA requests and litigation, and other administrative law accountability measures, including identifying burdensome regulations to be repealed or rescinded. During law school, Travis clerked for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, investigating federal agencies to identify and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in government. Travis grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
Shirine Moazed joined the Office of Special Counsel in 1997. She spearheads OSC's 2302(c) certification program, which is mandatory for all federal agencies. She also focuses on the agency’s overall education and outreach efforts. She has been a frequent presenter at conferences on the prohibited personnel practices, with a focus on whistleblower retaliation. In addition, Ms. Moazed works with OSC's Investigation and Prosecution Division on special projects and serves as a subject matter expert in mediation cases. Ms. Moazed received her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law.
Darshan Sheth joined the Office of Special Counsel in 2001. He leads a team of attorney investigating and litigating prohibited personnel practice matters. He is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law and Pennsylvania State University, and is a member of the District of Columbia bar.
Martha Sheth joined the Office of Special Counsel in 2005 as an attorney in the Complaints Examining Unit. She became a supervisory attorney in that unit in 2011. Ms. Sheth was selected to be one of the Chiefs of the Investigation and Prosecution Division, Washington Headquarters Office, in 2018.
Ms. Sheth graduated with honors from the State University of New York, University at Albany. She received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law in 2000 and is admitted to practice law in New York.
Smita Patel is the Chief Information Officer of the Office of Special Counsel and also serves as the Chief Data Officer. Smita comes to OSC from the Department of Justice with over 18 years of experience. Smita has served in 3 different U.S. Attorney's Offices and the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. In her position she provides leadership and oversight of OSC information and technology programs.
Joseph Siegelman is the chief of the Office of Special Counsel, San Francisco Bay Area Field Office in Oakland, California. He joined OSC’s prosecution division in 1982 after private practice and served as OSC’s senior trial attorney from 2009-2012. Mr. Siegelman has represented OSC before the Merit Systems Protection Board in numerous significant prohibited personnel practice cases, including its first successful whistleblower reprisal prosecution,
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Hoban, and he received the Special Counsel’s Award for Outstanding Service. Mr. Siegelman obtained his J.D. from the University of California Law School (formerly Boalt Hall), where he was a member of the California Law Review, and his B.B.A with highest honors from the University of Texas, El Paso. He is a member of both the California and Hawaii bars.
Christopher T. Tall is the chief of the Midwest Field Office for the Office of Special Counsel in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Tall joined OSC as an attorney in 2004. He is a graduate of Kent State University’s College of Business in Kent, Ohio, and received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has also done post-graduate work at CWRU’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and Weatherhead School of Management in the areas of human resource management and nonprofit law. Mr. Tall has been licensed to practice law since 1992. His professional career includes serving as an executive director for the Northern Ohio area office of the United Negro College Fund, a trust officer in the Private Banking Division of Key Bank in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as legal counsel for the Ohio Lottery Commission.
Susan K. Ullman is the General Counsel of the Office of Special Counsel and serves as OSC’s Designated Agency Ethics Official. Ms. Ullman joined OSC in 2017 following 16 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, most recently as Senior Trial Counsel in the Federal Programs Branch. Prior to her federal government service, Ms. Ullman was an Assistant Attorney General with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, an associate at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and a law clerk to The Honorable John R. Bartels in the E.D.N.Y. Ms. Ullman has an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Columbia University.
Rachel Venier joined the Office of Special Counsel in 2002. She leads a team of attorneys investigating and litigating prohibited personnel practice matters. She is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law and Drew University, and is a member of the Maryland Bar.
Anne Wagner is an Associate Special Counsel at the Office of Special Counsel. Prior to coming to OSC, Ms. Wagner was the Vice Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the quasi-judicial agency in the executive branch that resolves personnel disputes within the federal civil service system. Ms. Wagner was instrumental in making MSPB's processes more transparent and accountable, in particular, by explaining the bases for Board opinions in non-precedential decisions. Along with her colleagues, she also presided over the first oral arguments before the Board in 30 years.
Before her term at the MSPB, Ms. Wagner served as Chair, Vice Chair, Member, and General Counsel for the Government Accountability Office's Personnel Appeals Board. She also spent nearly 20 years working as an Assistant General Counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents hundreds of thousands of federal employees. During this time, she led precedent setting litigation challenging policies and practices that violated the rights of federal employees and handled cases arising under the full array of laws governing federal employment. Her federal career began as an attorney focusing on employment law for the General Service Administration's Office of General Counsel.
Ms. Wagner received her bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and her law degree from the George Washington University School of Law.
Barbara Wheeler began her employment with OSC in July 2000 as a general attorney and became a supervisory attorney in 2006. Prior to OSC, Ms. Wheeler was employed as a hearings examiner for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. She also served as an assistant attorney general for the State of West Virginia. Ms. Wheeler received her J.D. at West Virginia University, College of Law and B.A. in Sociology from Hampton University. She is a member of the West Virginia State Bar and a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army National Guard, Judge Advocate General's Corps.