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Meet RLG

Jill L. Ryther, Esq.

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jill@rytherlawgroup.com

Jill L. Ryther grew up in Michigan and graduated with honors from the University of Michigan, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual specialization in Political Science and English, along with a minor in Political Philosophy.

While attending the University of Michigan Jill was a member of many campus organizations and was the recipient of several distinguished scholarship and achievement awards. After graduating, Jill worked at a prestigious family law firm, Oyler and Woldman, in Santa Monica, CA.

Jill subsequently attended UCLA School of Law, where she was President of the Mock Trial Association and won several awards in multiple competitions. Jill also served as the Communications Director for the Animal Law Society, and was featured in several newspapers and radio shows as the campus administrator for the Yes on Prop 2 Campaign. While in law school, Jill worked as a law clerk for the Los Angeles District Attorney in the Hardcore Gang Division for three years, conducting preliminary hearings in the courtroom and assisting in several murder trials against various Los Angeles gang members.

At UCLA, Jill took a class, “Animals and the Law” that changed her life. It was then Jill realized she could combine her legal education with her love of animals to make a career out of ending animal exploitation by being an activist attorney. Jill regularly speaks at conferences, law schools, and other events about her experience with animals and the law.

Jill started RLG in 2009, and has already had an impressive legal career that involves her work successfully defending well known animal rights activists, working with animal rights educator, Ric O’Barry in Taiji, Japan, to bring awareness to the dolphin slaughter (documented in The Cove), and successfully litigating against corporate giants like PetSmart and Costco for their mistreatment of animals. Additionally, Jill has successfully represented human companions of dogs that were shot and killed by police officers and achieved the first CA settlement ever to require officers to receive training on dog behavior and non-lethal methods. Jill has worked with the Beagle Freedom Project on several rescues including the rescue of 41 Beagles from a laboratory in Spain. Jill has saved many dogs from dangerous dog hearings. And she campaigned in West Hollywood to outlaw the sale of fur within the city limits.

Jill’s Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
Kimberly A. Wright, Esq.

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info@rytherlawgroup.com

Kimberly A. Wright is an attorney specializing in civil litigation and animal rights law.

A California native, Kimberly graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society. During college, Kimberly worked for the Office of the Public Defender in Santa Barbara. Kimberly earned her law degree from Southwestern University School of Law, where she completed her legal externship at NBC Universal in its Film Music division and during which time she studied abroad at Cambridge University in England.

After working at a boutique litigation law firm, Kimberly decided to start her own litigation practice and successfully litigated numerous cases prior to joining forces with Ryther Law Group, LLP. Having always known she wanted to be an attorney, Kimberly’s goal has been to use her law degree to stand up for cases and causes in which she believes. Kimberly loves animals, travel, photography and great literature.

Kimberly’s Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Marc Robinson, Paralegal

Marc Robinson

marc@rytherlawgroup.com

Marc Robinson is a paralegal specializing in animal rights law.

A Massachusetts native, Marc graduated from Hobart College with a bachelor of arts degree in American Studies. Marc earned his law degree from New York Law School, and is currently licensed to practice law in New York. He worked for the Manhattan Office of the District Attorney while in law school and was involved in corporate law after graduating.

Marc has vast experience in the world of finance, helping to pioneer the simplification of brokerage and bank statements, account materials, utility bills, and various other documents; as a partner in a NYC agency specializing in branding, marketing, and advertising for top tier financial firms; as a fiduciary consultant to 401(k) plan sponsors; and as a financial educator. He produced the first financial education programs for The Wall Street Journal and AARP, and founded the Latino Education Achievement Project, writing personal finance books for the Latino markets, sponsored by the Mexican government. He has authored more than 20 personal finance books, with more than two million copies sold.

Marc founded and later sold the SaverNation program, which was the first employee benefit that allowed employees to earn cash back on purchases for their 401(k) plans. He has been a featured speaker at national conferences and events for the retirement and payroll industries. He was also appointed to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.

Marc has authored two coffee table books – one for The WSJ’s 100 th anniversary and one for NBC’s 75 th anniversary – as well as a children’s book about onomatopoeia in different languages. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two rescue pups. They have two grown children.

Marie Masters, Associate

Marie Master

marie@rytherlawgroup.com

Marie is of counsel for Ryther Law Group, and works in civil litigation, specializing in animal rights law.

As Ryther Law Group’s newest advocate, Marie joined the team in August 2018 as a paralegal, and is now with the firm as an Associate. She is Los Angeles native, and graduated from Southwestern Law School where she earned her law degree. Marie attended George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where she graduated cum laude and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Affairs.

Marie has a diverse legal background. She volunteered at the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles after her first year of college, and worked at an estate planning firm in Northern Virginia during her final year. Marie’s first exposure to animal rights law was during an externship with Expand Animal Rights Now in law school. Working with Jill Ryther and the EARN team completely changed Marie’s life. Since that experience, Marie has been a proud vegan and animal rights advocate. During her last year of law school Marie worked as a certified volunteer law clerk at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in the hardcore gang division. Marie was exposed to a variety of felony cases, participated in several ride-alongs with LAPD, and supported several Deputy DA’s with their litigation and trial preparation. Marie additionally worked as a research assistant for two professors while at Southwestern, focusing on a National Security Law publication and assisting with research for a death row case in Texas.

Marie has always loved animals. Her only regret is not surrounding herself with animal advocates sooner. She has learned that while most people “love animals,” there are few who actually align their eating and other consumer habits with such values, and she wants to change that. Marie is dedicated to advocating for animals and their human supporters, as well as spreading awareness of the cruelties of factory farming and promoting a vegan lifestyle.

Marie’s Bar Admissions:
• State Bar of California
• United States District Court for the Central District of California

“true determination to help animals and their humans seeking justice”

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