Legal Affairs Committee
In response to a growing consensus that traffic laws do not do enough to provide protections for bicyclists, the League of American Bicyclists formed a Legal Affairs Committee in the summer of 2012. While bicycling is a fun and safe activity, laws provide important tools to keep bicyclists safe and ensure that everyone knows what to expect on our nation's roadways. The 9 member Legal Affairs Committee is made up of lawyers from around the nation who represent bicyclists, the bicycle industry, and work with leading bicycle advocacy organizations.
Legal Affairs Committee Members
Albert is an avid bicycle commuter, indoor cycling instructor, and recreational cyclist. She currently serves as President of the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico (BCNM) and is an LCI. She is a registered patent attorney with a PhD in Materials Science. Her solo Intellectual Property law practice is located in Albuquerque.
Gary Brustin is a past member of the League of American Bicyclists' Board of Directors and a personal injury attorney primarily devoted to bicycle litigation since 1987. Gary currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Silicon Vally Bicycle Coalition and has giving bicycle safety lectures throughout California.
Karen Jenkins is the Managing Principal for Development4Good, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in fundraising, public affairs, and board development for NGOs and internationally focused non-profit organizations. She has over three decades of executive positions with NGO/non profit and higher education organizations. Karen received her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University. Her undergraduate work was at Fisk University. From 2010 through 2014, she served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. Previous board service includes the International Education Research Foundation (IERF), Model UN/HBCU of the United Nations Association, Scandinavian Seminar, and Minnesota International Health Volunteers. Ms. Jenkins, who is a League Cycling Instructor, is a member of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of New Jersey, the Princeton Free Wheelers, and the Central Jersey Bicycle Club.
Steve Magas is an avid bicyclist, motorcyclist, and Ohio trial attorney based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Steve has handled hundreds of "bike cases" over the year and has worked on bicycle-related cases throughout the country. Steve sits on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Bicycle Federation and has worked to improve bicycling-related laws in Ohio.
Bob Mionske is a nationally-known cycling lawyer and advocate for the rights of cyclists. A former U.S. Olympic and pro cyclist, Bob amassed a record of over 100 wins during his racing career. In 2001, Bob wrote the legal analysis section in Bicycle Accident Reconstruction for the Forensic Engineer, and in 2007, Bob authored Bicycling & the Law, the first book on bicycle law written for cyclists since The Road Rights and Liabilities of Wheelmen was published in 1895. Since publication of Bicycling & the Law, Bob has made numerous media and speaking appearances advocating on behalf of the rights of cyclists. Since 2009, Bob has continued his advocacy on behalf of the rights of cyclists with Road Rights, a column on bicycle law forBicycling magazine.
Matt currently serves as General Counsel and Risk Manager at Quality Bicycle Products, Inc. and previously held several other positions including Distribution Manager. He received his law degree with honors from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and also holds degrees in philosophy and history from St. Olaf College. Matt is on the Board of the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) and leads the BPSA’s Legislative Committee. Matt also serves on the Legal Committee of the Bike Alliance of Minnesota, is Vice President of the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC/IMBA) and is a former Director of both the League of American Bicyclists and Nice Ride Minnesota.
Marc was insturmental in the formation of the City Of Pittsburgh Police Bicycle Detail. In addition to being a member of the League of American Bicyclists Legal Affairs Committee, he is a member of the WPW Bicycle Club and a past member of the WPW Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Associations. In addition to representing injured cyclists, he represents Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times Magazines. After spending a decade pursuing a musical career and recording several records as the harmonica player in Pittsburgh’s legendary Iron City Houserockers, Marc entered the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1984. He was a member of Pitt Law Review, and was awarded the Order of the Coif upon his graduation in 1987. The inordinate anmount of time Marc spent riding and hanging out in bicycle shops led to representation of injured cyclists and his reputation as the “the bicycle lawyer.” In addition to riding, Marc continues to perform and record music. He is a member of the American Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers.
Ray has focused his practice on injury cases including personal injury and product liability. He has presented educational seminars on insurance and personal injury topics, and has organized and presented seminars for Oregon and national gatherings of attorneys. He is a regular commentator on pedestrian and bicycle law and safety. His past positions include two years on the board of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, two years on the board of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA), membership on the BTA Legislative Committee, and seven years as chair of the National Lawyers Guild Litigation Committee. He started a series of free legal clinics for bicycle riders in 1994, and gives regular bike and pedestrian law and safety presentations. His book Pedal Power: A Legal Guide for Oregon Bicyclists is now in its 8th edition, and he is the author of Oregon Pedestrian Rights: A Legal Guide for Persons on Foot (2007). He loves to row and race his bike up hills. He and his law partner, Jim Coon, have led (these days they mostly follow) the Monday/Thursday Noontime Lawyers Bike Rides since 1991. Ray has four children and is active in Oregon?s bicycle, traffic, and work safety communities as an activist, commentator, and speaker.
Adam White has represented injured cyclists, pedestrians and other accident victims for more than 17 years. Mr. White is a daily bicycle commuter and long-time advocate for safe streets. He is a frequent guest speaker at cycling clubs and community groups briefing their memberships about everything from basic bike safety to the intricacies of New York Insurance law. His firm also serves as a proud long-time sponsor and supporter of major New York cycling events such as the Transportation Alternatives Century Ride and the Five Borough Bicycle Club Montauk Century Ride, and other organizations and safe streets advocacy groups including Streetsblog.org and Streetsfilm.org., and Recycle-A-Bicycle.
Peter is a Life Member of the League of American Bicyclists and is a League Certified Bicycle Safety Instructor. He is rated as an AV Preeminent Attorney, and has received awards for his pro bono work from the South Carolina and American bar associations. Peter regularly speaks across South Carolina (and the country) to bicycle clubs, advocacy groups, and law enforcement personnel on bicycle safety and bicycle laws. He is especially interested in the etiquette and culture of cycling, and his article “The Lost Art of the Group Ride” has been downloaded over 75,000 times.