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Advisory Board


Gregory Marsella, MD is a co-founder of Da Vinci Research Institute, a small, independent clinical research company that does grant-based medical research and also offers local, contract research services to Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, and national CRO’s. Dr. Marsella is a physician by training and a board-certified psychiatrist who received his B.A. at Harvard, his M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, and his residency training in psychiatry at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. In addition to its other missions Da Vinci Research Institute is a medical research network furnishing study-procural, patient-recruitment, site-management, and research administrative services for its participating practices in Florida. Dr. Marsella has been a site investigator for Phase II, III, and IV multicenter, nationwide clinical trials, and has also authored and implemented grant-based medical research studies in child and adult psychopharmacology, neurology, epilepsy medicine, and pain-management.

Laura DeLuca, MD Dr. Laura DeLuca trained in psychiatry at LSU Ocshner program in New Orleans, where she won an award for her assistance to the victims of hurricane Katrina. In 2006 she opened a private practice in Palm Beach county FL, which grew to three offices with multiple clinicians as well as the premier clinical and research TMS center in the world. Since she entered private practice, her schedule has consistently been full, because of her clinical excellence and devotion to her patients. “Dr. Laura” provides psychotherapy and medication management, specializing in women’s mental health and wellness. Dr. DeLuca has published extensively in the area of treatment resistant depression. Over the past eleven years, Dr. DeLuca encountered repeated abuses of power, at the expense psychiatric patients, frequently worsening their underlying condition. Laura DeLuca MD consistently helps her patients fight for their autonomy in the face of injustice by law enforcement, the judicial system and oppressing family members.

Rana Goodman  served 6 years on the City of Henderson’s Senior Citizen’s Advisory Commission and 5 years as president of the Whitney Ranch Homeowner Association. In her role as the political editor of The Vegas Voice, Rana exposed the guardianship scandal in Clark County and was appointed in 2016 to the Nevada Supreme Court Statewide Guardianship Commission to study and recommend guardianship reform in the State. She is also the president of the newly formed nonprofit Nevada Association to Stop Guardian & Elder Abuse to assist seniors from this guardianship travesty. For her efforts, Rana was recently named “Nevada Senior Citizen of the year 2016” by the Nevada Delegation of the National Silver Haired Congress in partnership with the Nevada Aging Services Directors Organization and was awarded 2017 the Freedom of the Press Award by the Nevada Press Association for her coverage of the guardianship series.


Eileen Leslie, CPA, CFE, MTx, is the founder of Investigative CPA, LLC where she specializes in the areas of investigative financial consulting, fraud examination and False Claims Act (FCA) investigation. Ms. Leslie has extensive experience performing white-collar crime and civil investigations for the government and in public accounting practice. During her years in practice, she has engaged in many forensic audits and financial investigations involving the violation of federal, state and local regulations and laws. Her investigative instincts and diverse accounting background position her to help clients detect and investigate a variety of fraud schemes and complex financial transactions affecting businesses, individuals and government entities. Ms. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Taxation from the University of Denver. She has nearly two decades of both public and private accounting and investigation experience, including serving as a financial analyst in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and an intelligence analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Frederick Bailey is  a 38 year veteran of banking and capital markets, primarily in New York City, with UBS PaineWebber, Citigroup and The Bank of New York. Currently working for a LA based plaintiffs law firm marketing their class action and antitrust legal services to municipal, state and union clients.  He has experience as a fiduciary serving in elected office as an Alderman and then President of the City Council in Burlington, Vt when Senator Bernie Sanders was Mayor and currently serving as an appointed Board Trustee of the City of Savannah Employee’s Retirement Fund.  He has waged a relentless 4 year battle to uncover and bring to justice the cabal of homecare workers and lawyers who exploited his late parents destroying their estate, life savings and legacy.

Michael A. Hackard, Esq. has practised law for over 40 years. His practice includes estate, trust, probate and elder financial abuse litigation. Michael regularly represents clients in California’s major urban areas including Los Angeles, Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Alameda counties. Michael is the author of The Wolf at the Door – a book written to assist those who fight elder financial abuse.

Michael is a native of Sacramento, California. Michael is committed to lifelong learning and this learning has included executive-level courses at Dartmouth University’s Tuck School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Columbia Business School and Northwest University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Michael is dedicated to his clients. His experience teaches him that litigation clients first seek counsel that will listen and be committed to them. This commitment included an understanding that the client’s personal and/or financial safety is often paramount coupled with the need for real-time efforts to prevent disputed matters from getting worse. Michael’s general philosophy includes dedication to clients, legal excellence, a serious commitment to professional ethics, the finest ongoing professional training, and unashamedly applying important beliefs, ethics and values. He is proud to lead legal teams that reflect these values.

Michael Hackard is a top rated “AV” for over 25 years (“AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment-  a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”). Avvo also ranks him with their highest rating – “ 10.0 Rating – ‘Superb.’” Michael is also a “SuperLawyer” – an honor reserved for no more than five percent of attorneys in each state.