NAD Staff Biographies

Laura Brett


Laura Brett  joined NAD in April 2012. Prior to joining NAD, Laura specialized in litigation matters in her own private practice and at Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Laura litigated a wide variety of cases in state and federal courts, including, securities fraud cases, accounting and actuarial liability matters, trademark related breach of contract claims, as well as cases involving family law, political asylum, and intellectual property. Laura is experienced working in alternative dispute resolution forums including representing clients in mediation and arbitration. Her prior practice involved extensive work with expert witnesses and required evaluating competing expert testimony on a variety matters. In addition to Laura’s work in litigation, she has served on the Board of numerous not-for-profit organizations and is an elected official on her local City Council. Laura graduated with a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, with a double major in American Studies and English Writing, as well as from Fordham University School of Law.

Martin S. Zwerling

Deputy Director

Martin S. Zwerling, Deputy Director, joined NAD in September 2000. Martin reviews national advertising campaigns, analyzes claim substantiation and has successfully resolved disputes relating to the advertising of drug and health aid products, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, dietary supplements, infant formula and consumer goods. Martin has also successfully argued before the National Advertising Review Board. Martin often lectures on claim substantiation and the NAD self-regulatory process. Prior to joining the NAD, Martin served as a Senior Court Attorney with the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, where he conducted research and drafted confidential memoranda for the Justices of the court on a wide variety of civil and criminal appeals. Martin has also served as a free-lance editor for Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. Martin brings to the NAD an extensive advertising and promotions background beginning with an undergraduate degree in Advertising from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Martin’s professional advertising credentials include positions at such top New York advertising agencies as Grey Advertising and Bozell, Inc. Martin also served as Advertising and Promotions Director for RKO/Warner Video, where he created and implemented award-winning advertising and promotional campaigns in conjunction with such studios as CBS-Fox, Warner, MGM/UA, and HBO. Martin has also worked overseas as an educational program supervisor, designing and implementing promotional seminars for worldwide distribution. Martin received his law degree from Touro Law Center and is a member of the State Bar of New York. As a law student, Martin interned with the Honorable Steven W. Fischer, Supreme Court Justice for Queens County for whom he drafted memoranda on criminal cases. Martin is a published law review author and recent co-author of Self-Regulatory Techniques for Threading the Antitrust Needle, Antitrust, Summer 2004, Vol. 18, No. 3 American Bar Association (Antitrust Law Section).

Annie M. Ugurlayan

Senior Staff Attorney

Annie Ugurlayan is a Senior Staff Attorney at the National Advertising Division.  Since 2003, she has handled more than 150 cases, particularly in the areas of cosmetics, food and oral care products, and has successfully argued appeals before the National Advertising Review Board.  Annie is also a frequent lecturer at conferences nationwide and abroad.

Prior to joining the NAD in 2003, Annie worked as a temporary attorney in the advertising law department at Davis & Gilbert LLP conducting insurance related research on long-term projects.  Annie was also an associate at O’Hare Parnagian, LLP where she worked on commercial and personal injury litigation as well as real estate transactions. Annie is also a published author (Functional Foods – An NAD Perspective, WHAT’S IN STORE: THE NEWSLETTER OF THE SECTION OF ANTITRUST LAW’S CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEE, PRIVACY AND INFORMATION SECURITY COMMITTEE, AND PRIVATE ADVERTISING LITIGATION COMMITTEE, American Bar Association [Vol. 17, Issue 1, Spring 2012]; Advertising Self-Regulation – A Review of Cosmetics Claims and Natural/Organic Claims in FORMULATING, PACKAGING, AND MARKETING OF NATURAL COSMETIC PRODUCTS [September 2011]; co-author, Consumer Protection and Self-Regulation of Advertising, CONSUMER PROTECTION LAW DEVELOPMENTS, American Bar Association [2009]; Obesity and the Carbohydrate Connection – The NAD’s Approach to Low Carb Claims, CONSUMER PROTECTION UPDATE, American Bar Association (Spring 2005); co-author, Self-Regulatory Techniques for Threading the Antitrust Needle, ANTITRUST, American Bar Association (Summer 2004); “Armenia: Privatization and Foreign Direct Investment in a Climate of Political and Economic Instability,” LOYOLA OF LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL & COMPARATIVE LAW REVIEW, Volume 23, Issue 3 (2001)).

Annie is actively involved in various bar associations (Member, New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates; Member, Information Technology Law Committee – 2012-; Former Chair, Consumer Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Association – 2009-12; Member, Consumer Protection Committee, American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section).  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation.  She is fluent in French and Armenian and proficient in Romanian.  Annie is a graduate of Hamilton College (B.A., magna cum laude — French and World Politics) and Hofstra University School of Law.

Kathleen Dunnigan

Senior Staff Attorney

Kathleen Dunnigan, Staff Attorney, joined NAD March 2008. Prior to joining NAD she has worked for the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division defending children in both child welfare and juvenile delinquent proceedings. She was also a staff attorney at the Center for Appellate Litigation representing indigent defendants and a public policy advocate at the Center for HIV Law and Policy. For many years, Kat litigated employment discrimination and civil rights claims representing only employees. She has been involved in many New Jersey employment cases on behalf of workers before the New Jersey Supreme Court, New Jersey Appellate Division and at the trial level. She also submitted an amicus curie brief on behalf of NELA-NJ before the New Jersey Supreme Court. Kathleen Dunnigan graduated from S.U.N.Y. Maritime College with a degree in Engineering and as an officer in the United States Merchant Marines in 1993 and NYU Law School in 1999.

Hal Hodes

Senior Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney Hal Hodes joined NAD in August 2012. Prior to joining NAD, Hal worked in private practice focusing on litigation. As an associate at McAloon & Friedman, P.C., he represented hospitals and other health care practitioners in malpractice litigation and proceedings undHaer the New York State Mental Hygiene Law. Previously, Hal was an attorney at the New York City Human Resources Administration, where he represented the City’s social services programs. Hal is also on the steering committee of a prominent voting rights group, conducting research on voter protection laws, advocating for election reforms and regularly serving as an election monitor. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Hal is admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey.

Anuradha Gokhale

Staff Attorney

Anu Gokhale, Staff Attorney, who joined NAD in February 2015, reviews national advertising campaigns and analyzes claim substantiation relating to the advertising of dietary supplements and consumer goods. Prior to joining NAD, Anu was a litigator at King & Spalding LLP in New York City, where she represented a wide variety of clients in intellectual property and complex commercial matters. Anu has also served as a visiting lawyer with South Africa’s largest public interest organization, Legal Resources Centre, where she handled refugee and environmental advocacy matters. Prior to law school, Anu was a research assistant at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she studied the role of sterol regulatory element-binding proteins in lipid metabolism. Anu received her B.A. in Biology from Wellesley College and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. Anu is admitted to practice in New York.

Robyn Lewis

Staff Attorney

Robyn Lewis, Staff Attorney, joined NAD in November 2016. Prior to joining NAD, Robyn worked as the staff attorney at the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program (ERSP) for more than a year. Prior to ERSP,  Robyn was a litigator at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including, securities fraud, antitrust, internal investigations and other complex commercial disputes. She was also an attorney at Bronx Defenders where she represented indigent defendants accused of misdemeanor offenses. During law school, Robyn interned at the South African Human Rights Commission and investigated complaints of human rights violations. Prior to law school, Robyn was a research assistant at the Stanford University Center for Health Policy, where she conducted systematic reviews of medical literature. Robyn received both a B.A. in Human Biology and a M.A. in Sociology from Stanford University and her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. Robyn is admitted to practice law in New York and California.

Eric Unis

Staff Attorney

Eric Unis joined NAD as a Staff Attorney in December 2017. Prior to joining NAD, Eric worked as an attorney at Troutman Sanders LLP. In over fifteen years of private practice representing clients in a wide range of industries, Eric focused on complex commercial litigation, consumer class actions, government investigations, consumer product safety issues, and advertising and marketing law. Eric has also worked on numerous pro bono matters on behalf of immigrant children. Eric has a B.A. from New York University with a double major in Politics and History and received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Eric is admitted to practice in New York.

Alex Goldman

Staff Attorney

Alexander Goldman has long been intimately involved with telecommunications regulation and the law. He joined NAD in December 2017. Previously, he worked at the New York Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Consumer Frauds, working on consumer deception cases and on matters before the New York Public Service Commission.

Earlier, he founded and ran a telecommunications consultancy, earning $20 million in federal telecommunications grants and loans for clients, financing projects that are still providing internet access to some of the most rural and most poor areas of the United States. He has also been a telecommunications industry journalist, has run a telecommunications-related trade show, and, in Tokyo, Japan, worked as a technical writer.

He earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a Trade Secrets Fellow. He earned a Richardson scholarship, Centennial Grant, Academic Achievement award, and Dean’s Merit award. He won the Minnie Rosenberg class prize in Antitrust law and CALI awards for best grade in class in both Contracts and Antitrust. He received his B.A. in Anthropology from Williams College.

La Toya Sutton

Staff Attorney

La Toya Sutton, staff attorney, joined NAD in April 2018. Prior to joining NAD, La Toya worked in private practice, focusing on the marketing and promotion of consumer goods and services. As an associate at Baker & Hostetler, LLP, she specialized in counseling clients regarding the advertising of products subject to the overlapping jurisdictions of the Federal Trade Commission and Food and Drug Administration. La Toya has authored numerous articles on various consumer protection issues and speaks regularly at industry conferences. La Toya received her B.A. from Brown University, with dual degrees in Political Science and Afro-American Studies. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.  She is admitted to practice in Maryland and D.C.