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Adina Rosenbaum


Adina H. Rosenbaum (she/her) is an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group, which she joined in September 2004. Adina’s practice areas include consumer law, access to civil justice, federal preemption, administrative law, open government, and Supreme Court and appellate litigation.

Among the cases litigated by Adina are Northwest, Inc. v. Ginsberg, 572 U.S. 273 (2014) (considering scope of preemption under the Airline Deregulation Act); Taylor v. Sturgell, 552 U.S. 880 (2008) (disapproving of preclusion by “virtual representation”); Kwoka v. IRS, 989 F.3d 1058 (D.C. Cir. 2021) (holding that district court abused its discretion in denying attorney fees to Freedom of Information Act requester); Richards v. PAR, Inc., 954 F.3d 965 (7th Cir. 2020) (holding that whether a debt collector has a present right to possession of property under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is determined by reference to state law); Fulton Dental, LLC v. Bisco, Inc., 860 F.3d 541 (7th Cir. 2017) (holding that  defendant’s deposit of funds with the district court under Rule 67 did not moot plaintiff’s claim). She also served as co-counsel in Dan’s City Used Cars v. Pelkey, 569 U.S. 251 (2013) (representing respondent); Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, 569 U.S. 66 (2013) (representing respondent); and FCC v. AT&T Inc., 562 U.S. 397 (2011) (representing respondent FOIA requester in support of petitioners).

In connection with her practice, Adina has testified before a congressional subcommittee and has been interviewed by television, radio, and print media outlets. She has taught appellate advocacy at local law schools and served on the D.C. Bar Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section’s steering committee.

Adina received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in 1998 and earning membership in Phi Beta Kappa. In 2003, she graduated magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and an editor of the New York University Law Review. Following law school, Adina clerked for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Adina is admitted to the District of Columbia and New York bars, is an inactive member of the Massachusetts bar, and is admitted to practice before numerous federal courts.