Ethan C. Surls, Associate
Ethan Surls received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Mr. Surls is admitted to practice in all California State Courts.
Prior to starting at Stansbury Brown Law, Mr. Surls worked for a variety of organizations whose purpose was to provide legal services to disadvantaged workers including the Wage Justice Center as well as an internship with the Labor Commissioner’s office. Additionally, Mr. Surls has worked pro-bono with the organization Kids In Need of Defense (K.I.N.D) by defending undocumented-minors in deportation proceedings and facilitating their petitions for asylum. After graduating Law School, Mr, Surls worked for a plaintiff’s employment firm focusing on wage and hour class actions and individual wrongful termination and discrimination suits, where he worked on a number of landmark cases in California wage and hour litigation.
From 2006 until 2019, Mr. Surls worked in the restaurant industry as a minimum wage employee and was personally subjected to the gross mistreatment of workers. These experiences have fueled his desire to fight with vigor for the rights and dignity of employees who have faced similar experiences.
Mr. Surls is a native of the South Bay of Los Angeles and an avid surfer and snowboarder. Mr. Surls, a Spanish speaker, frequently travels to the various countries of Latin America to enjoy the beautiful beaches and explore the wildlife in the rainforests.
Rebecca G. Pontikes
Rebecca G. Pontikes, the founder of Pontikes Law, LLC, represents employees in all areas of employment law, specializing in gender and family responsibility (caregiver) discrimination, sexual harassment, negotiation of employment contracts and separation agreements, noncompetition agreements, retaliation and whistleblower claims (in all sectors, including the government and financial sectors), violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, and violations of the wage statutes.
Ms. Pontikes regularly speaks on employment law topics for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, bar associations, groups representing employees, and organizations that promote women’s rights in the workplace.
She has co-written amicus briefs in support of the employee in Trustees of Health and Hospitals of the City of Boston v. Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, 449 Mass. 675, (2007) and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority v. Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, 450 Mass. 327 (2008), Dahms v. Cognex Corp., 455 Mass. 190 (2009), and Flagg v. Ali-Med, Inc. 466 Mass. 23 (2013).
Ms. Pontikes is an active member of the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, where she sat on the board of directors for twelve years and chaired the solo and small firm committee for ten years. She is an active member of the Legislative Policy Committee and lobbied for the passage of the Massachusetts Pay Equity law and a Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act.
She is an active member of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyer’s Association, an association of attorneys who focus on representing employees and currently co-chairs the Amicus Committee. In the past, she has served on the Boards of Directors of Deana's Fund, an organization devoted to educating against dating violence through educational theater, and the Greater Boston Chapter of the National Organization for Women.
She was selected by her peers as a "SuperLawyer" Rising Star in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 and as a “SuperLawyer” in 2013 and 2014. Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly named her a Top Woman of Law in 2012. SuperLawyers named her one of the Top 50 Women SuperLawyers in Massachusetts in 2014.
She graduated from Tufts University, magna cum laude in 1994, and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1997.
In her free time, she is a political activist, particularly the underprivileged, reads, watches movies, and writes letters to the editor.
David G. Webbert
David G. Webbert is the Managing Partner of Johnson, Webbert & Garvan, LLP, which is the leading workers’ and civil rights law firm in Northern New England. He specializes in employment, civil rights, and complex litigation. He graduated magna cum laude from both Yale College in 1982 and Harvard Law School in 1985, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. David clerked for Judge Kenneth W. Starr of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and practiced for 5 years with a leading litigation firm in D.C. He has been listed five times as one of only five Maine lawyers on Super Lawyers annual list of the Top 100 lawyers in New England and has been listed since 2003 in The Best Lawyers in America. Since 1998, David has been the President of the Maine Employment Lawyers Association. The Chambers USA guide to leading lawyers has listed David as the top attorney for employees in Maine, describing him as “in a league of his own” for “pure courtroom horsepower” and commending his legal strategy skills: “If there is a hook to hang his case on, he will find it.”
Federal Judges have repeatedly praised David’s work describing him as (1) “a highly professional advocate who approaches difficult cases with an admirable blend of diligence, intelligence, and practicality,” (2) a “highly skilled and experienced civil rights” attorney whose “professional performance was exemplary” and who represented his client “zealously” and with “professional excellence,” and (3) “highly skilled and knowledgeable.” He is an elected Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, the highest recognition by colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the field of labor and employment law.
David has won many precedent-setting workers’ rights and civil rights cases, including class action settlements of $5, 3.3, and 1.45 million and individual case settlements of $1-2 million, an academic freedom verdict of $805,000 featured in the American Bar Association Journal, two of the largest Americans with Disabilities Act verdicts ever in Maine, a race discrimination and free speech verdict for the President of the Portland NAACP, a landmark ruling upholding a claim of family responsibilities and sex stereotyping discrimination by a woman unfairly denied a job promotion because she was the mother of young triplets, and fair housing cases reported in leading national newspapers.
He has won awards from the Maine Civil Liberties Union and Disability Rights Maine. Since 1998, David has been a member of the Maine Federal Court’s Local Rules Advisory Committee. He is also an elected member of the American Law Institute, a group of leading judges, legal scholars and lawyers founded in 1923 to promote clarity and reform in judge-made law and recognized as the most prestigious American legal association. David served as the President of the Board of Directors of Disability Rights Maine, the protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities, and continues to serve on its Board of Directors Advisory Committee. He has been recognized in the Congressional Record for his contributions to the enactment of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act. LawDragon has repeatedly selected him as one of the country’s 500 leading plaintiff employment lawyers.
Sarah Brown is a civil trial attorney who has focused her practice on discrimination and harassment cases for more than 30 years. Sarah is compassionate about eliminating harassment and discrimination in organizations and giving a voice to individuals victimized by trusted others and by persons in positions of power. She is a partner with the Kansas City law firm of Brown & Curry, LLC.
Her active practice focuses on cases involving wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and discriminatory practices based on sex, race, age, disability and other protected classes, as well as cases involving school or educator abuse and discrimination and harassment of students and teachers. She has had more than 30 jury or arbitration trials, is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars, and a mentor to young attorneys.
Sarah has a B.A. from Trinity College, with a double major in Religion (Intercultural) and Art. She is a 1984 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law. She received a Women’s Justice Award for Litigation in 2014 from Missouri Lawyers Weekly and was the 2017 recipient of the Courageous Attorney Award from the Kansas Bar Association for her work on cases involving sexual misconduct perpetrated by priests, clergy and religious institutions.
Jessica N. Wimsatt
Jessica N. Wimsatt is an Associate Attorney at O’Hara, Taylor, Sloan & Cassidy, where she represents individuals in a wide range of matters relating to employee and employer rights and responsibilities under State and Federal laws. Jessica focuses her practice in the areas of workplace discrimination and retaliation, wage and hour law, and civil rights litigation. Specifically, she focuses on gender, race, age, disability, religion, ethnicity, and LGBTQ+ discrimination and retaliation cases. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s LGBT Interest Committee.
Jessica is a first-generation college student who, prior to law school, spent seven years working in the distribution and logistics industry. Her experiences during that time motivated her to dedicate her career to the passionate defense of workers’ rights. During law school, Jessica completed labor and employment clerkships in Cincinnati, Ohio; Covington, Kentucky; and Lexington, Kentucky. She is proud to have assisted indigent workers through the Cincinnati Workers’ Rights Project. While a student at the University of Kentucky College of Law, she was a member of the Trial Advocacy Board and served on the Executive Board of the LGBTQ Interests Group. She has successfully completed Trial Skills Training provided by the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission.
Jessica was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. She currently lives in Taylor Mill, Kentucky with her wife, Amanda, and their dachshund, Jack. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, obstacle course racing, and making memories with her six nephews. Connect with her on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jnwimsatt/