Christopher Longley, JD – Co-Founder and CEO
PH: 612-315-9007 Cell: 651-755-2552
Prior to founding Atticus, Chris was CEO of a nationally recognized claims administration company, where he oversaw over 200 settlements, including some of the highest profile cases over the last few years, including In Re Motor Fuel (Hot Fuel) and the Target Data Breach, – Financial Institutions class action settlement, to name just a few. An Attorney by training, Chris graduated from William College of Law and the University of St. Thomas. He is a member of the Minnesota Bar, the American Bar Association (Membership chair of the Consumer Litigation Committee) the 8th Circuit Court and the United States Supreme Court.
Jim Hardy – Co-Founder
Prior to co-founding Atticus, Jim held finance leadership positions over a twenty-year period in a variety of industries (contract manufacturing – implantable medical devices, sheet-fed printing, and commodity trading) where the wide-range of responsibilities and challenges from these experiences has enabled him to develop a versatile set of finance, administrative and operations skills. Jim began the first eight years of his professional career as a CPA – with the last three of those eight years being with one of the largest, mid-west regionally based firms. Jim has an accounting degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Bryn Bridley – Director of Project Management
Bryn joins the Atticus team as Senior Project Manager with nearly 15 years of Project Management experience. Prior to her most recent tenure with a local software development company where she provided implementation and education services for a few years, her experience stems primarily from her management roles in the claims administration industry. Bryn’s past claims administration work included the day-to-day activities of several high profile consumer, employment and other types of cases. Bryn has extensive experience with CAFA Notices and Class Certification campaigns. Bryn is an honor’s graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth and enjoys running and camping in her free time.
Roger L. Bauser – Senior Director of Business Development
Roger brings to Atticus close to 10 years’ experience in the Claims Administration industry. He has worked on some of the largest settlements ever, including Raytheon $500 million, and McKesson $1 billion. Additionally, he was awarded by Federal Judge Donovan Frank the settlement administration work for the Guidant defibrillator litigation, one of the earliest med tech device settlements. Roger has a degree from UW Stout in Sales and Marketing ED.
Joel Prest – Director of Information Technology
Joel Prest is the Director of Information Technology at Atticus. Joel has 15 years of experience with software development and project management. Joel has expertise in designing scalable solutions to allow end users to work more efficiently with easy to use applications. Joel’s prior work history includes Human Resource Management, which allows him to understand system payroll needs, HIPPA, and tax requirements necessary for employment related cases.
Mike Gelhar – Practice Director – Employment Matters
Mike brings over 15 years of payroll experience in employment law cases. In addition, he managed the processing and distribution of cases for one of the nations largest Labor and Employment Administrators, ranging from a few hundred claimants to over 700,000 claimants, covering all 50 states, including Puerto Rico. In his free time, Mike enjoys a range of outdoor activities from camping and tennis to snowmobiling.
Melissa Hill – Project Coordinator
Melissa joined Atticus in 2019 as a Project Coordinator with over 15 years of experience in the legal field. Prior to joining our team, she worked as a Project Assistant with a large law firm handling Immigration and Labor and Employment cases. She also has experience supporting complex litigation cases in multiple state jurisdictions, and has a B.A. in Psychology and History from Cornell College and a M.S. in Psychology from Capella. In her free time, she enjoys biking, travel, exploring local parks, and taking care of her cats.
Phil Hoelscher – Project Coordinator
Phil has been a Project Coordinator with the Atticus Administration since the beginning of 2019, after serving Atticus in the Customer Service Representative role for six months prior. Phil graduated from the University of MN, Duluth with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. He uses the skills he learned in his training to perform on the stage as a professional actor, as well as to collaborate with his coworkers and clients at Atticus. In his open time, Phil enjoys reading, basketball, and spending time with his girlfriend.
Leonela Ailen Menendez Butler – Project Coordinator
Leonela joined Atticus in September of 2019 as a Project Coordinator with 3 years of combined business-related positions including Customer Service, Procurement, and Import and Export Administration. Prior to moving to the United States, she founded her small business where she managed sales for personal wear. She also volunteered in fund-gathering events to help kids in need in Argentina. She is a graduate of Winona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management, and she is fluent in 5 languages. In her free time, she loves dancing, watching movies, and exploring nature.