Welcome Terry and David!

Please join us in welcoming the newest members of TLDEF's Board of Directors.

David Brown is a litigation associate at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton. He earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in international relations and Latin American studies from Pomona College. David has been a grant maker to human rights groups in Central America and provided legal and translation assistance to a number of LGBT rights organizations both there and in the United States. He has authored a number of publications, including a study of anti-LGBT hate crimes in Honduras and a forthcoming article in the Michigan Journal of International Law on the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. David was one TLDEF's first two interns.

Terry Cummings is a partner in the law firm Hitchcock & Cummings LLP.  She has spent 25 years representing clients with respect to insurance and reinsurance issues.  From organizing new carriers to challenging claims determinations, Terry has brought to bear an extensive knowledge of how these industries operate in resolving complex legal and business issues.  Terry represents large and small insurance brokerage organizations, as well as insurance carriers and self-insureds, in product design, regulatory compliance and disciplinary proceedings.  With extensive experience in both life and health issues, and property/casualty issues, Terry is unique among lawyers who practice in the insurance arena.

Terry’s career began in the 1970s at one of the United Kingdom’s largest insurance conglomerates.  After three years working in an underwriting and sales environment, Terry was accepted as a student by the London School of Economics and Political Science to read law.  After graduating with a bachelor of laws degree (LLB) in 1979, Terry moved to the U.S. and worked as a litigation paralegal for one of the country’s leading law firms.  After taking and passing the New York State bar exam in 1981, Terry was admitted to practice law in New York in March 1982.  Following admission, Terry worked as an “in-house” litigation attorney at one of the nation’s largest life insurance companies and since 1985 has been engaged in the private practice of law at several major firms. 

You can view the New York Times' profile of Terry here.