Legal and Law Enforcement Advisory Board
|David Comarow, ESQ||Oliver Wallasch|
David Comarow, ESQ
David Comarow is an intellectual property attorney who divides his time between Las Vegas, Nevada and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has been involved in the environmental movement since helping to organize the first Earth Day in the Albany, New York area in 1970. He received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany where he majored in Biology with an emphasis on ecology and field biology. He then went on to the Urban and Environmental Studies Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York where he received his Masters of Science degree. After working in air pollution control and later as a college professor, establishing one of the first solar energy technology programs in the U.S., he went on to obtain his law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. He is a Registered Patent Attorney and licensed to practice law in Nevada, New Mexico and California. He is also active in the arts and runs an art studio with his wife, Austine.
Comarow joined Sea Shepherd because, as he puts it, “When I first saw Captain Paul Watson on an episode of Whale Wars, I knew immediately I had found an organization committed to protecting the environment and not afraid to stand in the way of those who would destroy it. Holding up banners is fine as far as it goes, but sometimes you have to get between a harpoon and a whale if you want to be effective.”
Statement of support: I've been involved in the environmental movement since the 1970's and have frequently been frustrated by the meekness of activists and academics. When I first saw Captain Paul Watson on an episode of Whale Wars, I knew immediately I had found an organization committed to protecting the environment and not afraid to stand in the way of those who would destroy it. Holding up banners is fine as far as it goes, but sometimes you have to get between a harpoon and a whale if you want to be effective. As Captain Watson says, "If the ocean dies, we die." I, for one, want to go down fighting.
Wallasch & Koch
Specialist in Criminal Law
Oliver is a German-based criminal attorney, specializing in cross-border cases and extradition law. He has been working in this field of law for 15 years.
He is a patron of the British NGO, Fair Trials International. Since 1992 Fair Trials International has worked to increase the protection of fair trial rights and defend the rights of people facing criminal charges in a country other than their own. Oliver’s vision is of a world where every person’s right to a fair trial is respected, regardless of his or her nationality or where they are accused.
Oliver became part of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society when Captain Paul Watson was arrested at Frankfurt International Airport in May 2012 on outdated and bogus charges issued by Costa Rica. Oliver coordinated the worldwide acting legal team for Captain Watson against these false charges issued by Costa Rica and Japan.
He advises SSCS in all legal matters – especially cross-border issues.
Statement of support: In 2012 I had the honor of becoming a member of this great organization- Sea Shepherd. I became friends with these wonderful people who are doing everything in their power to protect our planet Earth, and I am proud to be a small part of it.