Research Attorneys

Vickie Bletso
Senior Research Attorney

Ms. Bletso has over 30 years experience and has worked for LRSolutions for over 20 years. She has worked on complex motions, briefs and memos of law in numerous areas of law for LRSolutions, including criminal law, constitutional law, insurance coverage, health care, property disputes, trademark law, tort, family law and estate litigation. Vickie has also worked on multi-jurisdictional surveys in areas such as pipeline easement law, telemedicine/pathology and consulting contracts. She has a broad background in general complex litigation work, both plaintiff and defendant side.

Ms. Bletso graduated from Gonzaga University Law School in 1980, cum laude. She was a partner in the Boston environmental firm of Wright, Moehrke & Mackie, P.C. in Boston in 1995-96 and has also served as a consultant for Moehrke, Mackie & Shea, formerly Wright, Moehrke, and Mackie (1996-2000). She is licensed in Massachusetts, Arizona, Washington and North Carolina. Her specialty area prior to LRSolutions was in the areas of Environmental Litigation; Environmental Real Estate Transactions; and Environmental Licensing.

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Joseph Pace
Senior Research Attorney

Joseph Pace graduated from Yale Law School in 2010 and Harvard College in 2006, magna cum laude. After he graduating, he clerked for a federal judge in the Southern District of Manhattan for two years.

He has worked on a wide variety of complex matters involving constitutional law, criminal law, family law, securities, medical malpractice, employment discrimination, police brutality, prisoner rights, immigration law, class action, housing discrimination, and defamation — on both the plaintiff and defendant’s side. Among his successful cases are: winning the release of three detainees in Guantanamo, winning a lawsuit on the unconstitutionality of sentencing certain juveniles to life without parole, persuading the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to widen the definition of retaliation in the Title VII context, and successfully appealing the dismissal of a defamation action against Bloomberg.

He has extensive experience litigating in front of federal and state courts. He has successfully argued multiple cases in front of the New Jersey Supreme Court, and has filed briefs in the First, Second, Fourth, and Ninth Courts of Appeals, as well as the New Jersey and United States Supreme Court.

His publications include Bankruptcy as Constitutional Property: Using Statutory Entitlement Theory to Abrogate State Sovereign Immunity, 119 Yale L. J. 1568 (2010) and Suspending the Writ at Guantanamo: Take III?, 119 Yale L. J. 885 (2010).

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Wendy Berliner
Senior Research Attorney

Upon graduating from Brandeis University in 1995 and the Cardozo School of Law in 1998, Wendy Berliner served as a Judicial Law Clerk for Connecticut Superior Court in Stamford-Norwalk (one year) and for the Honorable Hugh H. Bownes, Senior Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (two years).

After clerking, Wendy practiced law in the Boston Office of K&L Gates and a boutique firm, specializing in employment litigation and counseling, and appellate work. She has participated in all aspects of litigation in state and federal courts and agencies, drafted myriad motions, memoranda and appellate briefs, and advised clients. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut.

Wendy grades Bar Exams for the Board of Bar Examiners in Massachusetts and has served as the Advisor of the Brandeis University Mock Trial Team.

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Joy G. McNally
Senior Research Attorney

Joy G. McNally graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1983, magna cum laude. She was a member and Topics Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Upon graduation, Ms. McNally practiced law for several years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, specializing in complex litigation and appellate work in both state and federal courts. She drafted memoranda of law, pleadings, motions, and briefs and participated in evidentiary hearings, trials and oral arguments.
Ms. McNally left private practice to assume federal and state court clerkships. She clerked for a judge sitting on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and for several of Pennsylvania’s most distinguished appellate court jurists, including two Chief Justices and a Justice of Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. In these positions, she researched all manner of issues, reviewed petitions, briefs, and other documents filed with the Court, and assisted in opinion writing.
More recently, Ms. McNally served as the Interim Director of the Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education of the Duquesne University School of Law. She was also a Special Advisor to the Law School’s Dean and an adjunct professor of law. Presently, she is a Special Research Fellow to Duquesne University’s President.
Ms. McNally is the associate editor of The Pennsylvania Constitution: A Treatise On Rights and Liberties, 2nd ed. and the author of the Treatise’s chapter on Pennsylvania’s rights of assembly and petition.

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Rebecca Garland
Senior Research Attorney

Ms. Garland has practiced law for over 18 years and has worked for LRSolutions since 2010. She has worked on complex motions, briefs and memorandums of law in numerous areas of law for LRSolutions. She has a broad background in general complex litigation work, both plaintiff and defendant side.

Ms. Garland graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2000 where she was Notes Editor of the University of Memphis Law Review. Following graduation, she served as a state judicial law clerk for the Tennessee Court of Appeals and a federal judicial law clerk for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. She was an associate at Leibowitz & Cohen followed by Bass, Berry & Sims, both in Knoxville, Tennessee. After moving to Seattle, she was an associate at Corr Cronin and most recently, worked as a flex-time attorney for Littler Mendelson. She is licensed in Tennessee and Washington. Prior to LRSolutions, she specialized in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Employment Law.

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Scott Frey
Senior Brief Writer/Legal Researcher

Mr. Frey graduated from Harvard College in 1991, cum laude, and Harvard Law School in 1995. Following law school, Mr. Frey worked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, drafting opinions, orders, and memoranda in criminal law and constitutional law. Mr. Frey also worked for the City of Chicago Department of Law as an Assistant Corporation Counsel, where he wrote briefs, argued motions, conducted depositions, and handled cases involving constitutional law, election law, and zoning law.

Mr. Frey has international experience as well, having worked for Pöllath + Partner, in Berlin, Germany. He also has written briefs and pleadings in class action litigation in the area of employment discrimination.

Subsequently, Mr. Frey worked as a reference librarian at Western State College of Law for more than a decade. As a law librarian, he did extensive legal research and writing, as well as teaching classes on legal research and advising students and faculty on many legal research issues.

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Helen Parker
Senior Research Attorney

Ms. Parker is a 1981 graduate of Fordham University School of Law and is admitted to the New York and United States Supreme Court bars. She received her B.A. from Pace University in 1975, where she graduated magna cum laude. In 2013 she was awarded a Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey.

Ms. Parker was an Administrative Law judge for the New York City Department of Finance, from 2001-2004, where she has presided over bench trials on municipal issues. Previously she was a consultant to Prudential Financial Inc., where she served in the Group Life and Health Care Insurance Department as compliance manager and trainer, developing training program materials, in addition to researching case law, statutes and regulations and preparing multi-state surveys, legislative tracking and researching compliance issues. Her work at Prudential also involved preparation of interrogatories, settlement of cases, negotiation and drafting of government contracts (CHAMPUS and FAR) and drafting provider and service contracts. She returned to a similar position at Prudential in the Group Life Insurance Department from 2010-2012.

She has worked for over 30 years for Bar/Bri Bar Review preparing students to sit for the New York Bar Examination, while editing, researching and writing outlines used by Bar/Bri as both teaching and study materials.

Helen has also worked as an adjunct associate law professor at Fordham University and as an Instructor of Law at Touro College. Her publications include “Use of Narcotic Dogs After U.S. v. Place, Search and Seizure Law Reporter, Clark Boardman, 1985; Basic Legal Forms, Warren, Gorham and Lamont, 1982-1990; Contributor, U.C.C. Code Commentary and Law Digest Forms, Warren, Gorham and Lamont, 1988; Editor, Weinstein on Evidence, and Moore’s Manual on Civil Procedure, Matthew Bender and Company, 1991; Contributing Writer/Editor Bar/Bri Course Outlines, 1983-Present; HIPAA Handbook, On-Line Manual, Legal Research Network, 2000.

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