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

LIC designs strategic lawsuits for chickens and other farmed animals. We are developing and refining creative methods to civilly enforce existing cruelty laws in factory farms, and to sue companies that break animal-welfare commitments.

LIC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.


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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. She is licensed to practice law in New York, the District of Columbia, and California.

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.



Denise graduated with a law degree from DePaul University and a B.A. in philosophy from Columbia University. Previously, she practiced at two law firms, focusing primarily on anti-trust law, consumer fraud, and workplace discrimination. Denise has shared her home with animals ranging from cats to gerbils to snakes. During law school, she clerked at The Humane Society of the United States. Denise was selected to Rising Stars by Super Lawyers. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Wisconsin.


Litigation Intern

Taj is a rising 3L at Berkeley Law where he leads the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. He has previously worked for the Sierra Club, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Direct Action Everywhere. 

In his spare time, Taj enjoys writing, dancing, and playing basketball.

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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.

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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 systematically develops and refines those doctrines to fight factory-farm cruelty.

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