Board of Directors
Angela D. Giampolo, Chair
Angela D. Giampolo is a Philadelphia based attorney and national LGBT advocate. She is a graduate of La Salle University and Temple University, Beasley School of Law. Angela is licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and she was also recently admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims in light of the recent repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in order to be a resource to LGBT service members who were discharged or are still serving in the military. Angela’s law firm, Giampolo Law Group, focuses mainly on LGBT law, estate planning and administration, corporate transactions, civil rights, employment discrimination, real estate, and domestic and international adoptions.
In the past several years Angela has taken progressive steps in her advocacy work spreading the message of inequality through her civil rights cases, seminars, and numerous publications examining legal issues facing the LGBT community. She is a columnist in four publications including Philadelphia Business Journal, Philadelphia Gay News, Edge, and Echelon. Through these publications she gives the LGBT community advice helping them navigate a legal rubric that often works against them. Angela is also on the Board of Directors of Greater Philadelphia Cares and will be Co-chairing the annual LAMBDA Legal event in Philadelphia in May 2012.
Brian K. Sims, Immediate Past Chair
Brian K. Sims is a candidate for House of Representatives seat in 182nd District in Pennsylvania.
An national LGBT Advocate, Brian Sims is the former Staff Counsel for Policy & Planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association. He recently stepped down as both the President of Equality Pennsylvania and as the Chairman of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia. In 2009 he was selected as a State Political Leaders Fellow by the Center for Progressive Leadership and joined the National Campaign Board of The Victory Fund and in 2010, Sims joined the faculty of the Center for Progressive Leadership.
A former NCAA Football Captain and National Championship Runner-Up, Sims has spoken to audiences throughout the country on on issues of athletics, diversity and advocacy to students, athletes and universities. In 2000, Sims was the captain of the Bloomsburg University football team in northeast Pennsylvania. Following the greatest season in the Division II school’s history, Sims came out of the closet. In doing so, the regional All-American and team captain became the only openly gay college football captain in NCAA history and arguably the most notable college player ever to come out. His story was detailed by OutSports.com. To date, Sims’ story has been featured by Gay.com, TheAdvocate.com, and numerous newspapers, prompting literally hundreds of personal responses from athletes, coaches, parents and allies in over 30 states and 15 countries.
Larry Felzer, Treasurer
Larry Felzer, Esq. joined SeniorLAW Center in November 2003 as Development Coordinator. As Director of Development and Finance he works on individual giving, special events, and pursuing foundation and governmental sources of funding and manages the non-profit organization’s finances.
He previously was Associate Director at the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania for 8 years, where he managed agency finances and operations, as well as assisting clients and doing trainings on legal issues for social service and health care providers. In 1994 Larry graduated from the evening division of Temple University School of Law and his undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration is also from Temple University.
He is active on various Philadelphia Bar Association committees including serving as Chair of the Public Interest Section in 2011. He is Vice Chair of the executive board of the Temple Law Alumni Association and is a former chair of the board of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP). Larry was one of the co-organizers of the first Gay Community Evening with the Phillies in August 2003.
Larry can be reached at:
Lawrence S. Felzer, Esq.
100 South Broad Street, Suite 1810
Philadelphia, PA 19110
Phone: (215) 701-3203
Fax: (215) 988-1243
Megan Smith, Secretary
Megan Smith is an Associate and member of the Divorce Group of Stark & Stark. Megan continues to specialize in family law and the developing area of LGBT law as it relates to children and families. For the past few years, Megan has been a Co-chair and speaker at the New Jersey Association or Justice annual convention in Atlantic City.
Geoffrey D. Bruen, Director-At-Large
Jason Cohen, Director-At-Large
Cletus P. Lyman, Director-At-large
Cletus P. Lyman, Esq. is the Principal and Founder of Center City-based, Lyman & Ash. One of the founding mwembers of GALLOP, Mr. Lyman has been involved in advancing LGBT Rights and the rights of LGBT attorneys for decades.
In 2007, Mr. Lyman was awarded the Michael M. Greenberg Award for his outstanding leadership, activism, and advoacy in memory of one of the founders of Philadelphia Attorneys for Human Rights (PAHR) the predecessor organization to GALLOP.
A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Lyman attended the Pennsylvania Graduate School to study business and applied economics before attending the University of Pennsylvania Law Schoool.
Mr. Lyman can be reached at:
Cletus P. Lyman, Esq.
Lyman & Ash
1612 Latimer Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 732-7040
Fax: (215) 732-2496
Robert P. Tuerk, Director-At-Large
Robert Tuerk is licensed in Pennsylvania and Florida and has been practicing law for 14 years. He is a graduate of the Temple University School of Law. He is an arbitrator for the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, and he is a licensed mediator who has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court. Mr. Tuerk was Chairperson of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Traffic Law Committee from 2006 through 2008.
His legal career has included handling various legal affairs of high profile clients, events, and matters, including serving as general counsel of companies based in Florida and Pennsylvania. He has handled a wide array of legal matters in administrative, state, federal, and appellate courts.
Mr. Tuerk’s volunteer activities include legal representation of children under the Guardian Ad Litem program in Florida, assisting hurricane victims with various legal concerns, serving upon a property association board and community group committees, political campaign work, protection of historic districts, and environmental clean up projects. He is one of the founding petitioners for the creation of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s first LGBT attorney committee.
Bob can be reached at:
Robert P. Tuerk, Esq.
Law Offices of Robert P. Tuerk
2 Penn Center, Suite 200
P.O. Box 42711
Philadelphia, PA 19101
Alfred Zaher, Director-At-Large
Board Meetings are held each month and open to the public. If you would like to attend a Board Meeting, please contact Angela Giampolo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GALLOP is supported entirely by its members, donors, supporters and other private contributors.
GALLOP is committed to:
Representation, Visibility and Advocacy Within the Legal Profession
In 1994, GALLOP secured a designated voting seat on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. In 1997, GALLOP successfully lobbied the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association to create a special committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men. Our representatives have also met with leaders of the legal community to improve relations with the courts, justice system, law firms, law schools and political forums.
GALLOP files amicus curiae briefs in significant cases. Past cases have included the U.S. Supreme Court’s review of the Colorado anti-gay initiative, Romer v. Evans, and a challenge to a Texas Sodomy Law, Lawrence v. Texas.
Community Educational Forums
GALLOP has hosted annual forums during Philadelphia’s Equality Forum and at the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association’s Lavender Law Conference.
Outreach to Other LGBT Organizations
GALLOP is represented at, and has co-sponsored events with, the national and local Freedom to Marry coalitions, the Domestic Partnership Coalition, Equality Forum, the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, the Greater Philadelphia Professional Network, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Delaware Valley legacy Fund, Equality Advocates, the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association, the ACLU of Delaware, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Area Physicians for Human Rights, PACE and various student groups at area law schools.
Domestic Partnerships Health Insurance
GALLOP is pleased to report that domestic partnership health insurance coverage is available from Philadelphia Bar Association-sponsored Independence Blue Cross insurance programs. Benefits are available through Colburn-Bertholon-Rowland Insurance Service. To learn more about available benefits and/or how to apply, contact Kathleen M. Geyer at (610)833-1800 x 3099.
Social & Networking Functions
GALLOP regularly hosts social events, parties and picnics as a means to build coalitions, exchange ideas and network within the lesbian and gay legal community, as well as other LGBT professional groups.