Over the past 15 years, Israeli activist attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner has become the undisputed leader of the fight against Palestinian and Islamic terrorist organizations in the courtroom, as well as a beacon of hope for terror victims throughout the world. A mother of six, including triplets, Nitsana is a graduate of the Bar-Ilan University Law Faculty and holds an MBA from Manchester University.
Nitsana has been recognized and lauded as a pioneer in the judicial battle against terrorism by a number of publications and organizations. In 2012, Israeli Globes Financial Magazine selected Nitsana as one of the 50 most influential women in Israel. The same year, she received the Moskovitz Prize for Zionism, awarded to those who place the collective needs of the Jewish people before their own. In 2014, the Jerusalem Post named her as one of the fifty most influential Jews, and Algemeiner listed her as one of the Top 10 Living Jewish Women Role Models in 2015. Nitsana regularly appears on media outlets such as CNN, BBC, and European television, and has contributed in print to many Israeli, American, Canadian and European publications.
Read more about Nitsana and her work in Newsweek, Globes Israel, and Forbes Israel.
Dan Ashburn – Senior Attorney
Dan has more than 20 years of legal experience, having worked as a federal court staff attorney, an Assistant Attorney General of Georgia, and Counsel at an international law firm. He has handled matters in a wide range of areas, including complex corporate litigation, securities litigation, banking and financial regulation, high-tech licensing and litigation, white-collar criminal matters, racketeering and influenced corrupt organizations (RICO) cases, and special investigations. Dan holds degrees in economics, religion, and law from Emory University and is a licensed attorney in both the U.S. and Israel.
Avi Guez – Attorney and Coordinator of Government Relations
Avi was born and raised in Jerusalem. He holds an LLB from Ono Academic College, a B.Ed from Herzog College and a B.Sc in neuroscience from Bar Ilan University. Prior to joining Shurat HaDin, Avi worked as an intern in the office of Israel’s Civil Deputy Attorney General, Sarit Dana. Avi joined Shurat HaDin in 2014 and holds several key responsibilities including administering legal matters with Israel’s High Court, organizing cases against the Palestinian Authority, collecting evidence regarding cases of liability and damages tried in the United States, and coordinating relations with Israeli government officials. Avi initiated and is academic director of Shurat HaDin’s annual New Law of War Conference. He also occasionally teaches international law and criminal procedure at Ono Academic College and is studying for his MA in Jewish Philosophy.
Devorah Sanchez – Senior Attorney
Devorah was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. She holds a BA in history and Spanish from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Devorah has more than 30 years of legal experience. Upon graduation from law school, she served as staff attorney and law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri. She subsequently joined the legal department of the United States Small Business Administration, where she served for 10 years as an attorney advisor and special assistant United States attorney. In 1996, Devorah was appointed an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, where she worked cases in commercial litigation, bankruptcy, employment discrimination, agency compliance and enforcement, Medicare and food stamp fraud, civil rights, and immigration. After moving to Israel, Devorah joined Shurat HaDin where she works on U.S. anti-terror cases. Devorah is a licensed attorney in the U.S. and a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Israel.
Rachel Weiser – Senior Attorney, Director of Israel Advocacy Educational Programming
Rachel grew up in Pittsburgh and has been litigating cases since graduating from Case Western Reserve University Law School in 1998. After moving to Israel in 2010 with her husband and five children, Rachel joined Shurat HaDin, where she works on U.S. anti-terror cases. Recently, Rachel was part of the legal team that won a $655 million verdict against the PA and PLO on behalf of 33 American terror victims during the second Intifada. Rachel also runs Shurat HaDin’s biannual law student internship program and annual lawyer’s seminar.
Alona Zohar – Attorney, Director of Programs and Operations
Alona is a Tel Aviv native. After completing her army service in the Intelligence Corps of the IDF, Alona obtained a B.A. in government, with an emphasis on counter-terrorism and homeland security, and an L.L.B. in law at the Interdisciplinary Center (“IDC”) in Herzliya. Before joining Shurat HaDin in 2013, Alona was a legal intern of the general counsel for the Ministry of Defense. After passing the Israeli bar exam, she worked in a law firm specializing in security and rules of engagement in the private sector. At Shurat HaDin, Alona oversees the daily operations of the office as well as all event planning, projects, HR, public relations, and marketing.