About Public Citizen Litigation Group

Public Citizen Litigation Group, founded in 1972, is the litigating arm of Public Citizen. A public interest law firm litigating cases at all levels of the federal and state judiciaries, we specialize in issues involving consumer health and safety, consumer financial protection, access-to-courts issues such as forced arbitration and class-action standards, government transparency, and the First Amendment. We have a substantial Supreme Court practice, having argued 64 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and filed briefs in hundreds of other cases. In addition, since 1990, we have assisted numerous attorneys with cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, particularly at the petition-stage, through our Supreme Court Assistance Project.

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Important Note: Due to the high number of phone calls we receive, the Litigation Group does not answer specific legal questions or consider new cases over the phone.

Job Postings

Supreme Court Assistance Project Fellowship- We have filled the fellowship for next year.  

Summer Internship – We have filled our slots for the summer of 2020.

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Our Staff

Allison Zieve

Director

Allison Zieve is an expert in administrative law, public health litigation, open government law, federal preemption, class action standards, and the First Amendment.

Adam Pulver

Attorney

Adam Pulver litigates a range of cases involving administrative law, consumer rights, civil rights, labor and employment law, and constitutional law. He also regularly conducts trainings and provides guidance to other lawyers working on these issues.

Michael Kirkpatrick

Attorney

Michael T. Kirkpatrick's practice areas include constitutional law, civil rights, class actions, administrative law, and open government.

Paul Alan Levy

Attorney

Paul Alan Levy is an expert in issues of Internet free speech, removal jurisdiction, and the representation of lawyers in trouble; from sanctions, contempt findings and the like.

Scott Nelson

Attorney

Scott Nelson is an expert in issues of access to presidential records, Freedom of Information Act cases, campaign finance law, administrative law, OSHA standards, class action lawsuits, and practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kaitlin Leary

Supreme Court Assistance Project Fellow

Kaitlin Leary is the Supreme Court Assistance Project fellow for Public Citizen, where she offers pro bono legal assistance at the petition stage. Prior to joining Public Citizen, Kaitlin clerked for the Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia and for the Honorable Joseph M. Getty of the Court of Appeals of Maryland.