About The Milestone Foundation

The Milestone Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps people suffering as a result of a catastrophic accident. We provide financial assistance to families that need help paying for basic living expenses during litigation.

The for-profit, non-recourse industry is unregulated. Many players in the litigation finance space have business models that make the cost of capital exorbitant for plaintiffs. But access to capital for families enduring a personal injury lawsuit (even at very costly rates) is so often preferred over letting go of the quest for justice. Funding families in need during the course of litigation is critical to the civil justice system. The Milestone Foundation provides low-cost access to capital so families have the resources to go the distance with their lawsuit. They offer low, simple interest in the name of the Seventh Amendment.

Attorney Mike Papantonio on The Milestone Foundation

Hear why renowned torts attorney Mike Papantonio recommends The Milestone Foundation (previously named Bairs Foundation) for pre-settlement plaintiff funding.

Life keeps happening even in the face of a personal trauma or illness. Bills, expenses, medical costs, student loans, and everything else are mounting. The Milestone Foundation brings together the resources, expertise and vision to find the right funding and front-end counseling to help people throughout the legal process. Clarity is critical to success. The team communicates with families on a level that ensures they are making informed decisions about their financial future.

Our Team

Erin Waas
Erin WaasExecutive Director
Erin Waas joined The Milestone Foundation in November 2021. Erin brings nearly two decades of experience working in the public sector and with nonprofits in fundraising and communications, most recently at the University at Buffalo, where she served as senior advancement writer. Prior to relocating to Buffalo, Erin spent the bulk of her career to-date in Boston, where she worked in stewardship at Harvard University and also as a consultant for nonprofits of all sizes. She and her husband Chris have two young sons, Cormac and Oscar.
John Bair
John BairCo-founder
John Bair has 20 years of diverse experience in the settlement management industry and the civil justice community. A graduate of West Point, John went on to serve for seven years as a U.S. Army Captain and Aviator before starting his career in settlement planning and management. John has tapped into his network of experienced trial lawyers from across the U.S. for advice and guidance, and is proud to have formed The Milestone Foundation.
Amy Bair
Amy BairCo-founder
Amy has participated in the civil justice community for two decades, supporting the American Association for Justice and other public justice events and organizations. Amy has her master’s degree in elementary education, and as a mother of three, she brings family planning experience and perspective.
Julia DiCristofaro
Julia DiCristofaroCase Manager
Julia graduated from Binghamton University and has previously spent time volunteering with numerous nonprofit organizations, including: Identity, Catholic Charities Food Pantry, and Planned Parenthood Votes. Julia volunteered as a program coordinator, pairing various institutions with educational speakers on topics related to personal and professional development. Her previous experience increased her passion of working in the nonprofit sector.
John Abeel
John AbeelBoard Member
As a trial lawyer for fifteen years, John has seen many additional harms caused to vulnerable people by the for-profit, pre-settlement-funding industry. That’s why John has applauded and supported The Milestone Foundation’s mission since its inception. Now as a member of its Board of Directors, John is passionate about helping the foundation continue to provide affordable financial assistance to injured people and their families during the course of litigation.
Rachel Mathews
Rachel MathewsBoard Member
Rachel served as the foundation’s first Executive Director, from 2017 through 2020. Her time with the organization was invaluable, and she will continue to be actively involved as a board member, providing guidance to Erin and assisting with marketing initiatives.

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