Executive Compensation at the American Association For Justice
The American Association For Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America is a tax-exempt, non-profit advocacy and lobbying membership organization (a 501 (c) 6)) for trial lawyers. With 316 independent board members comprising the governing body, AAJ has a reported 56,000 members.
AAJ directly controls four (4) other tax-exempt organizations:
- AAJ Education Fund: a 501 (c) 3
- AAJ Foundation: a 501 (c) 3
- AAJ Political Action Committee: a 527
- AAJ Robert L Habush Endowment: a 501 (c) 3
In 2019, AAJ reported total revenue of $27 million (consistent with previous years), most of which came from membership dues ($19 million; which equates to an average annual membership dues of $500), registration ($5 million), and sponsorships/advertising ($3 million).
Expenses totaled $27 million (not including $1 million in depreciation) with the three largest expenses reported to be compensation ($12 million), office-related expenses ($6 million), travel and conferences ($5 million), and fees for outside services ($3 million). Historically, the AAJ has spent what they received annually resulting in no savings (and actually a negative $5 million in net assets). So, basically memberships dues go towards paying staff and outside vendors and office-related expenses.
139 employees received $12 million in compensation, which equates to an average compensation of $87,000. 25 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 10 most highly compensated reported to be:
- $1,760,830: Linda Lipsen, CEO
- $ 305,567: Anjali Jesseramsing, General Counsel
- $ 280,907: Anne B Enos, COO
- $ 252,491: Mary K Berge, Former CFO
- $ 252,165: Susan H Steinman, Sr Director, Policy and Deputy General Counsel
- $ 217,215: Meredith Burns, Chief Development Officer
- $ 216,221: Julia F Duncan, Director, Federal Programs
- $ 189,818: Sarah E Rooney, Sr Director, Fed Regulatory Affairs
- $ 188,456: Scott M Gehring, Chief Marketing Officer
- $ 162,782: Jeffrey White, Senior Associate General Counsel
8 of the 10 most highly compensated employees are female while 2 of the 10 are male (with the 2 males number 9 and 10 on the. list).
AAJ paid for companion travel, which totaled $2,779 for Linda Lipsen’s spouse.
9 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation with the five (5) most highly compensated reported to be:
- $366,000: Nueva Vista Group, LLC, of Catharpin, VA for lobbying/legislative work
- $316,869: Centerplate, of Baltimore, MD, for event catering
- $222,616: Wilmerhale, of Philadelphia, PA for legal services and strategic work
- $215,000: Thorsen French Advocacy LLC, of Washington, DC for lobbying/legislative work
- $195,000: The Network Companies, LLC, of Austin, TX for lobbying/legislative work
To read the IRS Form 990 (2018 for the year ending July 31, 2019), click here.