Our Legal and Investigative Team

At The Chanler Group, our legal team is dedicated to furthering our clients' goals through exceptional legal advice and advocacy. Our attorneys and paraprofessionals are passionate about the important work our clients undertake on behalf of the public and are committed to obtaining the most favorable results possible.

Among private law firms, the Chanler Group maintains one of the largest investigative staffs in the United States, consisting of auditors, privately licensed investigators, and others extensively trained in the testing of consumer products for hidden toxicants. The Chanler Group currently maintains a staff of more than thirty professionals and para-professionals whose function is primarily investigatory in nature in its offices on the east and west coasts.

Senior Investigators have over three years of experience within the firm performing Proposition 65 investigations and possess a mastery of their specialized area of work. Senior investigators have an intermediate understanding of all phases of the investigation process and assist with training junior level investigators. All senior investigators are encouraged to apply for a private investigator license.

Junior Investigators have successfully completed training for their area of specialty and demonstrated the ability to complete each step in those processes. Typically, a junior investigator will have six months to three years of experience performing Proposition 65 investigations within the firm.

Cliff Chanler founded his public interest law firm in 1991 to pursue his passion for environmental justice and to fill the void created by the government’s failure to enforce various consumer protection laws.  Cliff has served as lead... read more
Bernice Dea joined The Chanler Group in 1995 and is the director of investigation.  She directs, manages, and oversees all investigation staff and investigation tasks related to alleged Proposition 65 violations on behalf of the firm's... read more
Josh Voorhees is the managing attorney at The Chanler Group, specializing in the areas of environmental law and civil litigation.  He joined the firm in 2005 and is instrumental in the firm’s successful representation of citizens who seek... read more
Elena Applebaum is a paralegal who joined The Chanler Group in 2013.  Ms. Applebaum works extensively with other paralegals, lawyers, and staff members throughout the Firm. She prepares legal documents, tracks and schedules court... read more
Troy Bailey joined The Chanler Group in 2010 and began representing citizen enforcers in Proposition 65 matters upon gaining admission to the California Bar in 2011.  His legal experience involves substantive participation in all stages of... read more
Ashby Budiman joined The Chanler Group in early 2013 and currently works in the investigation department as a junior investigator.  He analyzes and catalogues dozens of diverse consumer products each week, ranging from children’s... read more
Eleanor Chen-Ranstrom joined The Chanler Group in 2007 and is the firm’s billing administrator.  In this role, Ms. Chen-Ranstrom oversees and monitors the firm's contemporaneous time records, prepares fee and cost summaries for... read more
Douglas Cheung joined The Chanler Group in 2010 and works in the investigation department performing intake and quality control duties.  He is knowledgeable in almost every aspect of the investigation process.  Mr. Cheung earned his... read more
Rosalind Conrad joined The Chanler Group in March 2006.  As the managing paralegal, Ms. Conrad oversees the legal support staff of The Chanler Group’s Berkeley office as well as the legal support staff for the firm nationwide.  She... read more
Noah Epstein joined the firm in 2011 and has risen through the ranks to project management and overseeing investigations.  He provides exemplary guidance and support to the rest of the investigation team.   In his time at The Chanler... read more
Kenneth Fielding joined The Chanler Group in 2011 and works for the investigation department doing field investigations, product analysis, and intake.  He is highly skilled in the preparation of flame retardant evidence for laboratories. ... read more
Joyce van Ginkel joined the firm in 1998 and now manages the testing division of the investigation department.  She oversees all stages of the investigation process, from the toxicity assessment of thousands of products, ranging from children... read more
Frances Green joined the firm in 2009 and currently works in the investigation department.  As a field investigator, she is responsible for obtaining and processing scores of diverse consumer products.  Her fieldwork has provided... read more
Zach Hannigan joined The Chanler Group in early 2012 and currently works in the field and intake divisions of the investigation department as a junior investigator.  He is responsible for investigating and assessing hundreds of consumer... read more
Victoria Hyde joined The Chanler Group in 2005 and manages multiple divisions within the investigation department, including field investigations, intake, and custody of evidence.  She helped develop the process and chain of custody through... read more
Sara Jenkins joined The Chanler Group in 2015 and currently works with the Firm as a junior investigator.  She is responsible for researching and cataloguing dozens of consumer products, from first aid kits to exercise equipment, and her work... read more
Brian Johnson joined The Chanler Group in 2010.  Mr. Johnson has practiced environmental law and civil litigation since 2005, and has been involved in all stages of litigation and counsel at trial in state and federal courts.  Mr.... read more
Donald Kapp joined The Chanler Group in 2010 and currently performs field research for the investigation department.  As a field investigator, he is responsible for conducting detailed examinations in the field, as well as evaluating relevant... read more
Earl Kelly joined the firm in January 2012 and  currently performs field research for the investigation department.  As a field investigator, he is responsible for conducting detailed examinations in the field, as well as evaluating... read more
Caroline Liang joined The Chanler Group in 2004 and is the firm’s investigation manager.  Ms. Liang has many years of experience within the firm handling and overseeing Proposition 65 investigations, as well as an advanced... read more
Michelle Ma joined The Chanler Group in 2011 and currently works in the testing division of the investigation department. She has assessed the toxicity of hundreds of products, ranging from bags to apparel to painted ceramics and glass. She is... read more
Laurel A. Mahon joined the firm in 2011 and currently works in the investigation department performing intake duties.  She processes and catalogues hundreds of diverse consumer products that contain harmful levels of chemicals, ranging from... read more
Christopher M. Martin has been involved in Proposition 65 litigation as an attorney since 1996 when he first worked as an associate for The Chanler Group.  He has written and argued dozens of motions and oppositions to motions.  He has... read more
Steve McClintock joined The Chanler Group in 2007 and is a senior field investigator who is responsible for developing investigation field plans for the firm.  He is also involved in researching and analyzing consumer products for toxic heavy... read more
Dawn Nowell joined The Chanler Group in 2009 and currently serves as project manager for our website, as well as part of the information technology team.  She oversees the operation of The Chanler Group website, the office networks across... read more
Laralei Paras has been an attorney since 2000, and since 2002, her practice has focused on the enforcement of Proposition 65 on behalf of citizen enforcers. Ms. Paras has significant experience in enforcement actions involving the decorated... read more
Robert Rivera joined The Chanler Group in early 2015 and currently works with the Firm as a junior investigator.  He is responsible for researching and cataloguing dozens of consumer products, from vinyl gloves to sports equipment, and his work... read more
Gregory M. Sheffer commenced his involvement with The Chanler Group in 2002, when he collaborated with The Chanler Group founder Clifford Chanler to combine their experience enforcing the rights of California citizens under Proposition 65.  Mr... read more
Kyle Stout has been with The Chanler Group since 2011 and works in the investigation department performing product analysis, intake duties, and research, although he spends the majority of his time focusing on XRF testing and laboratory preparation... read more
Sharon Thompson joined The Chanler Group in 2014.  Ms. Thompson works in the legal department as a legal assistant, responsible for preparation, service, and filing of all legal documents required for the litigation process.  She graduated... read more
A significant number of additional staff of The Chanler Group has remained unlisted on this page for privacy reasons related to the firm’s investigation practices.  Also, please be advised that some of the listed staff’s names... read more