MEET THE TEAM
Mr. Saran is the lead attorney. He has over 20 years of experience as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, including as an instructor at the Naval Justice School. Mr. Saran has over 20 years of experience litigating military backpay claims before the Court of Federal Claims.
Mr. Saran has been leading the fight against illegal military vaccine mandates for nearly 20 years, starting with his successful challenges to the DOD’s mandate of an experimental vaccine anthrax in 2003 in Doe v. Rumsfeld cases that resulted in permanent, nation-wide injunction banning the practice. In 2020, Mr. Saran published “United States v. Members of the Armed Forces”, a book describing his experiences challenging the anthrax vaccine mandate and providing an historic overview of the DoD’s nearly century-long abuses of service members to test experimental drugs and treatments and the evolving policies and laws governing informed consent.
Mr. Johnson has over 20 years of experience litigating for and against the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., for leading firms like Kirkland & Ellis, Gibson Dunn, King & Spalding and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Mr. Johnson is lead counsel or co-counsel with the other Military Backpay attorneys in a number of other challenges to the military mandates around the country, including class actions in Texas and Virginia and a number of individual cases in Florida and Texas.
J. Andrew Meyer
Mr. Meyer is a highly experienced trial lawyer and the class action expert on the team with decades of experience in class actions and representing plaintiffs in employment, civil rights, consumer protection, fraud/deceptive trade practices, mass torts and similar claims, some of which resulted in judgments or settlements of hundreds of millions or billions of dollars. Mr. Meyer is co-counsel with the other Military Backpay attorneys in a number of other challenges to the military mandates around the country, including class actions in Texas and Virginia.
Barry P. Steinberg
Since retirement from active duty, Colonel Steinberg has continued to provide legal advice and representation to federal, state and local governmental authorities as well as private sector entities and individuals on the full spectrum of legal requirements and policy issues including BCMR cases.
Ms. Saran is the head paralegal for Military Back Pay. She has been facilitating Mr. Saran and his co-counsels in representing service members against the US government since early 2022. Ms. Saran has managed several large class actions with the Military Back Pay attorneys in federal courts across the country.
Mr. Kupper recently retired from the Air Force after battling the DoD’s illegal mandate for the past two years. He was one of the first service members to sue the DoD over the mandate as a named plaintiff in Coker v. Austin and took the fight to the media and congress. He has appeared on Breitbart, Tucker Carlson Tonight and Congressman Matt Gaetz’ podcast to highlight the service member’s plight and bring an end to the mandate. He has worked closely with Mr. Saran and Mr. Johnson over the past two years and is a welcome addition to our team.