Meet the Shelter PALS Team

Brandy Kuentzel

Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy, and General Counsel
Brandy Kuentzel is Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the San Francisco SPCA. Since joining the SF SPCA in 2012, Brandy has advanced numerous animal protection laws in California, among them prohibiting the use of gas chambers to kill dogs and cats and empowering judges to award pet custody in divorce based on what is best for the animal. She has also been a key player in countless community-based reforms for shelter animals, including successfully securing millions of dollars in increased government funding for animal shelters and enacting ordinances that support welfare-centric sheltering practices. Brandy has championed many of the SF SPCA’s most innovative advocacy campaigns, notably a shelter-to-shelter resource lending partnership that resulted in over 40,000 animal lives saved in California’s Central Valley and, most recently, Shelter Policy and Legal Services.

Prior to joining the SF SPCA, Brandy worked as a corporate attorney at two prestigious firms, successfully ran and sold a small business in San Francisco, and emerged as winner of the tenth season of NBC’s reality competition television series “The Apprentice”.

Brandy earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Lindsay Tang

Associate General Counsel

Lindsay Tang serves as Associate General Counsel and oversees all legal matters at the SF SPCA. 

After earning her J.D. from Northwestern University, Lindsay began her career in-house at a leading technology company where she had a broad international corporate governance practice. She then practiced at national law firms in Silicon Valley, counseling clients on intellectual property issues in mergers and acquisitions. In her current role, Lindsay applies her corporate experience by handling governance issues and working directly with the SF SPCA Board of Directors. She also handles litigation, trust and estate matters, and manages outside counsel. In her role with Shelter PALS, Lindsay identifies California shelters in need of assistance, coordinates joint efforts with other progressive animal welfare organizations, and assists pro bono counsel in drafting template legal documents.

Lindsay has five dogs, two of which she adopted from the SF SPCA, and several small pets. In addition to rescuing animals, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and studying foreign languages.

Bruce Wagman

Attorney

For almost three decades, Bruce Wagman has been using his legal education and well-honed skills to help animals in all sectors of society, and benefit both society and the animals themselves.

He is the only lawyer running an exclusive animal law practice in a major United States firm. He litigates, drafts animal-friendly legislation, oversees rescue operations, and consults clients who care for and protect animals. He has published two major works, the leading casebook for law schools nationwide—Animal Law: Cases and Materials—and a global survey of animal laws, A Worldview of Animal Law, the only global survey of animal law. Bruce also founded Project Chimps, a chimpanzee sanctuary that is home to chimpanzees retired from a research laboratory.

Bruce’s forte is the kind of creative lawyering it takes to fit animal interests into the legal world, and his clients regularly applaud his ability to model solutions and take on the toughest problems. His practice covers a broad range of animal-related legal issues‐including cases involving the use of animals in entertainment, biomedical research, animal agriculture/food production, animal cruelty, and wildlife control. He has a long history of wide-ranging “impact litigation,” but he also loves to work with individuals on cases involving dog bites, animal custody disputes, and injuries to, and caused by, animals. Bruce brings an undeniable passion for each of his cases, a dedication to both his human clients and the animals involved, and he has a proven ability to turn that passion into winning arguments both in and out of the courtroom. He takes an “eyes on the prize” approach to all of his matters.

Bruce’s clients include numerous animal protection organizations as well as private individuals. He has worked on behalf of many species, including alpacas, bears, birds, cats, chickens, chinchillas, chimpanzees, cows, deer, dogs, dolphins, ducks, elephants, elk, ferrets, geese, goats, gorillas, horses (domestic and wild), lions, mice, monkeys, pigs, rabbits, sharks, turkeys, whales, and wolves.

Jon Lovvorn

Attorney

Jonathan Lovvorn is Faculty Co-Director of the Law, Ethics & Animals Program at Yale Law School, a Senior Research Scholar, and Lecturer in Law.

Lovvorn’s teaching and scholarship focuses on the intersection of animal law, environmental law, and food policy, and the search for practical legal solutions that advance diverse public interest causes. Lovvorn and Professor Doug Kysar co-teach the Climate, Animal, Food, and Environmental Law & Policy Lab, which provides a creative space for students, faculty, outside experts, and non-governmental organizations to devise and propagate novel legal and policy strategies to compel industrial animal agriculture to pay the uncounted and externalized costs these operations saddle upon animals, workers, communities, and the environment.

He has taught courses on animal and environmental law at Harvard, Georgetown, and NYU law schools, and litigated extensively on behalf of animals and the environment. Lovvorn also serves Chief Counsel for Animal Protection Litigation for the Humane Society of the United States, and as a board member and/or legal advisor to other animal and environmental protection organizations. He holds an LL.M. in Environmental Law from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, and a J.D. from University of California Hastings College of the Law.

Jennifer Fearing

Lobbyist

Jennifer Fearing opened Fearless Advocacy in November 2014. Jennifer has helped pursue more than one hundred positive state and local legislative and regulatory outcomes and has led—with creativity and tenacity—many high-profile successes. She maintains deep relationships and broad networks with key decisionmakers in the legislature, the executive branch and with key stakeholders. In 2016 and 2017, Jennifer was named by Capitol Weekly as one of the 100 most powerful people in the California capitol community. In 2019, she was honored with a Golden Bear Legislative Award for “Public Interest Lobbyist of the Year.”

Jennifer has led efforts to recruit and activate citizen advocates, developed a new legislative caucus, prepared multiple voter scorecards, produced myriad lobby days, and helped with the formation of a new Assembly select committee on the nonprofit sector. A chapter Jennifer authored on nonprofit lobbying is included in a new textbook published by Kendall-Hunt entitled “A Practitioner’s Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy in California.” She has authored numerous opinion editorials published by the Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times and other newspapers and frequently engages local, state and national media (earned and editorial). Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from UC Davis and her masters degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in Public Policy. She is a regular guest speaker at schools like McGeorge, UC Berkeley, UC Davis and Hastings law schools, California State University, California Lutheran University and NYU.

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We are looking for the best and brightest in the animal welfare world. If you’re an attorney or other professional, email us for information on how you can help. 

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