Lindsay Larris oversees the Legislative Affairs Program in the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Los Angeles office, working at the state and local levels to advance legislation and policy initiatives that would promote or protect the lives and interests of animals and opposing legislation that would be detrimental to animals’ well-being. Lindsay frequently collaborates with other non-profit organizations in order to accomplish these goals as well as relies upon the legal expertise of other staff attorneys to advise on important civil and criminal legislative issues. Prior to this role, Lindsay spent 2.5 years as the Regional Director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Los Angeles office, building its presence in the region, planning and implementing three symposia, liaising with pro bono attorneys, students and local members, and creating the first annual Animal Legal Defense Fund Cruise for a Cause event in November 2016.
Lindsay has been passionate about animal rescue and animal protection issues since she helped her father build a home for feral kittens as a child. Prior to joining the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Lindsay spent seven years practicing civil litigation in the Los Angeles area, working on environmental litigation, trust and estate litigation and international arbitration.
As part of the Animal Legal Defense Fund she is proud to have played a part in persuading the California Coastal Commission to ban future breeding of orcas at SeaWorld San Diego, leading to SeaWorld’s voluntary declaration that it would end all orca breeding. Lindsay has also coordinated a new series of Animal Law Symposiums in Los Angeles.
Lindsay graduated from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2007 after graduating cum laude from New York University in 2003 with a degree in political science. While a law student, Lindsay co-founded the Journal of Animal Law and Ethics, helped bring an animal law clinic to Penn Law and served as president of her student ALDF chapter (SALDF).
As a lawyer, Lindsay learned how much power the law has in creating widespread, lasting change. So when she left private practice in search of a way to help more animals, she came to the Animal Legal Defense Fund knowing we are the only organization using the law with an exclusive focus on improving life for animals.
Outside of the office you’re most likely to find Lindsay testing out a new vegan recipe or playing pub trivia tournaments. She lives in Los Angeles with her mixed flame-point Siamese cat Leo (aliases include “Mr. Lee,” “Precious Honeyface” and “Dr. Leo Lee”) and her true mutt of a dog Willow.