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Student Defense Team

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Keith Altman is the founder of K Altman Law, a national law firm that specializes in student defense and complex litigation matters. He is admitted to federal courts in California, Michigan, Maryland, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  Mr. Altman is a member of the Sedona Conference, Working Group 1 (electronic discovery). He is the co-chair and founder of the American Association of Justice Electronic Discovery Litigation Group. He has appeared before the Federal Rules Committee on many relevant issues pertaining to the Federal Bar Association. 

Mr. Altman is a forensic data analysis expert. He is also experienced in matters of pharmacovigilance and safety surveillance in the United States and Canada. 

Keith Altman

Founder-Lead Attorney
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Richard Gill graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1986 and served as a Coast Guard officer for 20 years.  His experience in the Coast Guard included the command of two cutters.  He earned his first master’s degree in Business from Boston University and his second master’s degree in education from Gordon College.  Rich was a high school math teacher for twelve years and a K-12 administrator for five before retiring from education.  As the Director of Student Defense, Rich coordinates the day-to-day client supports of the Student Defense team: including communications, drafting, and review of letters, scheduling support during hearings and following up with schools and school’s counsel.

Richard Gill

Managing Director
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Timothy holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He earned his master’s degree from Fayetteville State University and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.  He is a veteran of the United States Army.  Tim is the author of numerous articles, including Passing a School Bond in the Era of Social Media: District Administration (April 2015). He presents at state and national conferences in education, such as the Mecklenburg and New Hanover County School Justice Relationship Models. He recently served as the Superintendent of the New Hanover County School system in North Carolina and was recognized as Superintendent of the Year (North Carolina School-Based Health Alliance).  

Timothy Markley 

Student Defense Director
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Amy Brown is a full-time employee with the Student Defense Team.  She grew up in a family in which education was highly valued.  Her father is a professor of electrical engineering and her mother was an instructor in an x-ray technician program at a community college.  Amy has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Kentucky and a Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville.  After many years as a practicing attorney, Amy is now a professor herself and teaches law classes at a small university and also serves a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Investigator.  Amy is a co-author of a textbook on the evolution of the Constitution of the United States and is working on a textbook on the topic of the Constitution and how it applies to the use of dogs used by law enforcement agencies.  She has a heart for students of all ages and loves animals.  Amy and her teenage daughter live with two cats and her daughter has a Tennessee Walker horse.  Amy would like to add a poodle to the mix or raise a puppy for a seeing eye dog program.

Amy Brown

Sr. Counsel Student Rights
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With 15+ years of experience in education, social services, and advocacy organizations, Tanner draws from a diverse background across the nonprofit and public sectors to ensure students receive the defense they deserve. He received his BA in Political Science from Oberlin College, and an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of London. His most recent work includes university lecturing, teaching students with learning disabilities, and crisis intervention.

Tanner Brooks

Sr. Student Defense Advisor
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Christopher Shearouse began working at the firm in April of 2022. He holds a B.A. in English from Flagler College, an M.A. from the University of Georgia, and a J.D. from Mercer Law School. Mr. Shearouse began teaching during graduate school. He worked as an English instructor at a boarding school in Wisconsin where he taught American Literature, Creative Writing, and Composition. After working in personal injury firms for several years, Mr. Shearouse wanted to combine his enthusiasm for education with his interest in law. At Keith Altman Law, Mr. Shearouse has many opportunities to work with students, parents, and legal professionals. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his labradoodle Colby, running, and playing music. 

Christopher  Shearhouse

Student Defense Advisor
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Robert Wright, Ph.D. has master’s and doctorate degrees in political science from the University of New Mexico. He was a member of the faculty of the United States Air Force Academy and the Director of Arts and Sciences programs for the College of Santa Fe. He most recently was a program director and Associate Professor of Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies at Lewis University Albuquerque. He also taught in the pre-law school program at the University of New Mexico. 

Rob Wright

Student Defense Advisor