Meet the Leaders of your Litigation Team

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



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.


M.B.A., M.Ed.

Student Defense Advisor


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).  



Student Defense Director


Toni Renee Vierra is a graduate of Mills College (1998) in Oakland, California. At Mills, she served as Honor Code Chair, Junior Class President, and Student Body President. She worked with students, faculty, and staff to address student violations, remediation, and penalties. She is a member of the Mills’ Alumnae Association Board of Governors and an appointee to the College Board of Trustees.  

She is a Certified Senior Paralegal and Trial Specialist, managing two-party cases as well as class actions with 1,000-plus plaintiffs. 

In her role as Director of Litigation Management at K Altman Law, Toni Renee continues her life-long work as an advocate and fighter of injustice in student governance and misconduct matters. She manages all phases of litigation, using her firsthand experience in cases involving student defense, education, and civil rights cases. 


Sr. Paralegal

Litigation Management Director