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Compassion is an essential part of our communication with you. Our goal is to spare you suffering and distress. We do everything possible to relieve your pain by using intellect and heart. Empathy and compassion, along with a passion for the law, go hand-in-hand with successful outcomes.

Keith Altman, Esquire

FOUNDER - LEAD ATTORNEY

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.

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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

M.B.A., M.Ed.

Managing Director
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I have over 36 years of legal experience.  I worked full-time as a paralegal for 15 years while obtaining my undergraduate degree and master's degree in psychology and a JD.  Prior to obtaining my law degree, I worked as a paralegal from 1986 - 2000 on more than fifty class actions and MDL’s (Amtrak, CSX, Winn Dixie, Cracker Barrel, UFI). From 2000-2001, I clerked at Whatley Drake, LLC, where I worked on the Firestone and Ford roll over class actions. In 2002, I obtained my law degree. In 2004, I established my own firm, Meelheim & Dodson, LLC, and in 2005 changed the name of the firm to the Law Offices of Kimberly R. Dodson, LLC. My firm has been based on helping victims of product defects, unscrupulous fraud, personal injuries, labor/employment and probate issues in state and federal courts. Throughout my career, I have been retained to mediate employment disputes by large plaintiff’s firms and large corporations. I have extensive experience in federal and state court litigation. I have tried over 25 federal jury trials and 16 state jury trials.  I have worked on over 75 class actions (employment, consumer protection, product liability, municipal tax, and ERISA), over 50 of those cases were class actions wherein I obtained class cert (B-2 and B-3). In 2007 and 2009, my firm assisted in a class action against the Jefferson County and Shelby County Tax Collector resulting in the recovery of more than $30 million dollars for the plaintiff classes. In 2011 and 2012, my firm assisted in the Compucredit class action that was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2008, I worked on a consumer protection case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2011 – 2013, I started a Human Resources Management firm. In 2014, after prevailing on a writ of mandamus, I solo tried a two-week trial against the State of Alabama.  The plaintiff class was comprised of 9,787 class members that resulted in a $5,000,000 jury. In 2015 - 2017, I was Lead Federal Litigator for a firm that handled ADA compliance nationally. I argued federal cases in over 17 different districts in a two year period.  In 2021, I worked on FDCPA consumer class actions in the Third, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits. I have been a nationally certified veterans disability lawyer for over 18 years. I am in good standing in the Northern, Middle, Southern Federal Districts in Alabama, Alabama Appellant Court, Alabama Supreme Court, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Southern District of Indiana, Eastern District of Michigan and the federal court in Arizona. Primary Focus -- Class actions, Constitutional Law, Student Defense Title IX, Product Liability (asbestos, vaginal mesh sling and Actos litigations), Prisoner Civil Rights, Contract Disputes, Medicaid Statutory Compliance, Title VII, Age Discrimination, Family Medical Leave, Fair Labor Standards, Americans with Disabilities, ERISA, Pregnancy Discrimination, §1983, §1981, Worker’s Compensation, Veteran’s Disability (Nationally Certified), Administrative Personnel Hearings, State and Federal Employee Termination Hearings, Personal Injury and Probate Law.

In 2002, I obtained my law degree.  

In 2004, I established my own firm, Meelheim & Dodson, LLC, and in 2005 changed the name of the firm to the Law Offices of Kimberly R. Dodson, LLC. My firm has been based on helping victims of product defects, unscrupulous fraud, personal injuries, labor/employment and probate issues in state and federal courts. Throughout my career, I have been retained to mediate employment disputes by large plaintiff’s firms and large corporations. I have extensive experience in federal and state court litigation.  I have tried over 25 federal jury trials and 16 state jury trials.  I have worked on over 75 class actions (employment, consumer protection, product liability, municipal tax, and ERISA), over 50 of those cases were class actions wherein I obtained class cert (B-2 and B-3). In 2007 and 2009, my firm assisted in a class action against the Jefferson County and Shelby County Tax Collector resulting in the recovery of more than $30 million dollars for the plaintiff classes. In 2011 and 2012, my firm assisted in the Compucredit class action that was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2008, I worked on a consumer protection case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2011 – 2013, I started a Human Resources Management firm. In 2014, after prevailing on a writ of mandamus, I solo tried a two-week trial against the State of Alabama.  The plaintiff class was comprised of 9,787 class members that resulted in a $5,000,000 jury.  

In 2015 - 2017, I was Lead Federal Litigator for a firm that handled ADA compliance nationally. I argued federal cases in over 17 different districts in a two year period. In 2021, I worked on FDCPA consumer class actions in the Third, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits. 

I have been a nationally certified veterans disability lawyer for over 18 years.

I am in good standing in the Northern, Middle, Southern Federal Districts in Alabama, Alabama Appellant Court, Alabama Supreme Court, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Southern District of Indiana, Eastern District of Michigan and the federal court in Arizona.

Primary Focus -- Class actions, Constitutional Law, Student Defense Title IX, Product Liability (asbestos, vaginal mesh sling and Actos litigations), Prisoner Civil Rights, Contract Disputes, Medicaid Statutory Compliance, Title VII, Age Discrimination, Family Medical Leave, Fair Labor Standards, Americans with Disabilities, ERISA, Pregnancy Discrimination, §1983, §1981, Worker’s Compensation, Veteran’s Disability (Nationally Certified), Administrative Personnel Hearings, State and Federal Employee Termination Hearings, Personal Injury and Probate Law.
 

Kimberly Dodson

Senior Counsel - Litigation
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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 

Ed.D.

Student Defense Director
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Solomon M. Radner is a skilled trial attorney who has been successfully litigating high profile cases in the Detroit-Metro area since receiving his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School in 2009. Solomon has received several prestigious honors including being listed as a Super Lawyer since 2014, being recognized as a “Top 40 Under 40” trial attorney in Michigan by the National Trial Lawyers Association, and receiving the Lawyer for Warriors Award from Wayne State University in 2016 for his pro bono work on behalf of military veterans. Mr. Radner proudly fights zealously and effectively on behalf of all his clients to achieve justice.

Solomon M. Radner

Of Counsel Litigation
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Lori is a Native Californian with over 32 years of litigation experience.  Lori worked for in house counsel at California State Automobile Association (“AAA”) for 17 years, along with working for various small firms in California and Idaho before joining K Altman Law. Lori graduated from Empire College in Santa Rosa, California. Lori is married and the mother of two children, ages 36 and 9.  Lori currently lives in Wyoming with her husband and 9 year old son.

Lori Crusselle

Sr. Litigation Paralegal

Director of Litigation

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Stanley Kremen

Of Counsel Litigation
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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