Anthony Pinggera

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Anthony Pinggera is a law fellow in the western regional office of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV.

Pinggera’s work focuses on the legal representation of people living with HIV across a broad spectrum of needs. In addition to his litigation work, Pinggera is also an active participant in state policy efforts to reform laws criminalizing conduct based on HIV status. Because of these efforts, he has presented at national conferences on the subject of HIV criminalization reform.

Pinggera serves as co-counsel in Harrison v. Mattis, representing an 18-year armed forces veteran denied a position as a JAG officer as a result of the U.S. military’s blanket prohibition on enlistment or promotion of people living with HIV.  He is also part of the team representing 93 people living with HIV whose statuses were revealed by a private health services contractor in California in Doe v. A.J. Boggs & Co.  In all his work, Pinggera seeks to eliminate laws and practices that stigmatize people living with HIV and perpetuate discrimination against them.

Pinggera received his Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law, where he was both president of the American Constitution Society and an inaugural member of the Criminal Justice Law Review. He was a finalist in the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition, the nation’s only national moot court competition dedicated to the law of sexual orientation and gender identity. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Latin and drama from Vassar College. Pinggera is a member of the California state bar.