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Jill L. Ryther

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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
Michelle V. Paul

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michelle@rytherlawgroup.com

Michelle V. Paul is a Senior Attorney at RLG and specializes in civil litigation with a focus on animal rights law.

Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Writing, With Distinction, from George Mason University, and her Masters degree in Educational Psychology, With Distinction, from the University of Virginia. She received her law degree from American University – Washington College of Law, where she founded the student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and was a published writer. Michelle completed her legal internship at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, where she worked primarily on the initiative to end live Beagle labs in medical schools. Michelle also led the successful campaign to add Animal Law to her law school’s curriculum.

As an attorney, Michelle worked in the organized crime division for her county’s prosecutor’s office before starting her own civil litigation practice. She later joined two civil litigation firms, where she specialized in the fields of family law, corporate law, property law, and trust and estate law. Throughout her legal career, Michelle has provided pro bono legal representation to Compassion Over Killing, and various other charitable organizations benefiting both human and non-human animals. Michelle has served on several legal committees, and is currently a member of the Litigation Section of the California State Bar. Michelle is also an attorney and board member at EARN, RLG’s 501c3 charitable organization.

Michelle began her efforts to help non-human animals after having researched factory farming for a college paper and being deeply troubled by the abhorrent treatment of the billions of farmed animals who suffer in the name of our food each year. Michelle has dedicated her life to advocating for animal compassion and changing the legal status of animals.

Michelle’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
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • State Bar of Virginia
Kimberly A. Wright

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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
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