Legal and Law Enforcement Advisory Board
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.
Scott West began his law enforcement career in 1987, as a criminal investigator with the US Customs Service. He decided to use his law enforcement experience as a tool for environmental causes. Instead of going to law school, he moved to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and spent the next nineteen years as a criminal investigator (Special Agent) with the US EPA, Criminal Investigation Division. Scott proved himself and advanced to the position of Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC). He ran the Washington (DC) Field Office, San Francisco Area Office, and retired as the SAC of the Seattle Area Office in October 2008.
Scott joined EPA’s criminal investigation program early in its existence and was able to contribute to its development and growth. During his career, he participated in hundreds of environmental criminal investigations including one into BP in Alaska. He also discovered that the environment and living creatures were the victims of human greed and corporate corruption. Using direct action (stopping criminal behavior) to enforce federal environmental law was novel and rewarding; however, as time passed it became clear that politics (both big P and little p) had an unhealthy influence on environmental law and enforcement.
Scott learned about the work of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the mid 1980s. He was impressed by the no nonsense approach to direct action and intervention. Scott first met Captain Watson in 1990. Since that time, he has provided advice on law enforcement matters for Sea Shepherd. Because Scott respected the fact that Sea Shepherd ignored politics and took action to enforce environmental laws and regulations, which most governmental organizations fail to do, he retired from the EPA to become much more involved in Sea Shepherd. He is working as an operative in the Sea Shepherd Department of Intelligence and Investigations. His extensive experience and knowledge in environmental law enforcement serves to enhance Sea Shepherd’s tactics and enforcement mission.
Scott also has a background in naval intelligence. He worked in the intelligence field while on active duty in the late 1970’s and again as an Intelligence Officer in the Naval Reserve. Scott has a versatile background. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.). He lives near Seattle with his wife and two daughters.