Legal Impact for Chickens (LIC) aims to make factory farm cruelty a liability.

LIC will bring strategic lawsuits for chickens and other farmed animals. We will develop and refine creative methods to civilly enforce existing cruelty laws in factory farms, and sue companies that break animal welfare commitments.




LIC was founded by Alene Anello. Alene graduated from Harvard Law School, clerked for a federal judge, and then started litigating for animals. She has worked at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and The Good Food Institute. Her undergraduate degree is also from Harvard.

Alene is committed to helping chickens to honor the memories of her two beloved avian family members, Conrad and Zeke.

You can read Alene's story here.


Litgation Attorney

Brianna is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. After law school, she clerked for Chief Judge Marjorie K. Allard on the Alaska state Court of Appeals. Brianna then worked as a family law attorney and public defender before joining LIC.

Brianna lives in Anchorage, Alaska and enjoys rock climbing, skiing, gardening, and quality time with her dog Ollie.


Board Member

Sarah David is General Counsel and Vice President of Administration at The Good Food Institute (GFI). She also leads GFI in finance, human resources, and information technology.

Sarah previously served as a senior executive with a Fortune 50 Company, where she worked for 21 years. Sarah holds a JD and an MBA from The University of Connecticut, and a BA in Biology and Spanish from Wellesley College. She is also a graduate of the UTC-Darden Executive Leadership Program.


Board Member

Alicia is a fellow at Stray Dog Institute. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 2015, where she served as the President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund for two years and founded the university-wide Harvard Vegan Society. Following law school, Alicia worked as a corporate litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She subsequently started The Land and Sea Institute, a nonprofit that supports sustainable food policy in local government.


Board Member

Tyler is a staff attorney at Food & Water Watch, where he focuses on factory farming. He previously worked for the Animal Legal Defense Fund as a food law fellow. Tyler spent 8 years leading conservation programs across the United States before becoming a lawyer. Tyler also sits on the board of Crate Free USA, working to end extreme confinement in factory farms.

In his free time, Tyler hikes, bikes, rock climbs, cares for a flock of rescue hens, and chills with the coolest dog in the world, Moco.


Companies don’t follow laws if they aren’t enforced. And prosecutors almost never enforce cruelty laws on factory farms, even when animal protection groups urge them to.

As a result, while several state cruelty laws technically cover farms, factory farms ignore them. Investigations in such states show rampant, unlawful neglect and abuse. Similarly, the animal movement’s effort to pass confinement bans may be wasted if those new bans aren’t enforced.

Strategic civil litigation offers a solution. Several little-known legal doctrines let plaintiffs sue in civil court for violation of a criminal law. Legal Impact for Chickens intends to systematically develop, refine, and use those doctrines to fight factory farm cruelty.

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