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.
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.
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.
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.
Kim Ness – Principal
Kim joins the Atticus team with over 23 years of Project Management experience in the settlement administration industry. Her class action experience includes managing over 325 projects in the consumer, finance, insurance, employment, securities, market conduct, consumer fraud, discrimination, public sector and regulated areas. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, being born and raised in Nebraska, is a devoted, enthusiastic and hopeful Nebraska Cornhusker football fan.
Phil Hoelscher – Project Coordinator
Prior to becoming a Project Coordinator, Phil worked as a Customer Service Representative for Atticus where his time was spent exclusively in Class Member communications and forms and mail processing. 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 stage as a professional actor, his experience as a representative, and continued collaboration with his colleagues to gain new insight and knowledge in the PC role. In his open time, Phil enjoys reading, basketball, and spending time with his fiance.
Beth Paris – Project Coordinator
Beth joins the Atticus team as an experienced project coordinator and business analyst. Prior to joining Atticus, Beth worked for the judicial branch, specializing in Information Technology enhancements and efficiencies, for the day-to-day system functions within court operations. Beth is a certified Scrum Master with years of experience in team building, coaching and mentoring project teams. In her free time, she dedicates her attention to her animal rescue and enjoys the Minnesota summers at the family cabin.