Public Citizen's Experts

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Good Government - Health and Drug Safety - Auto Safety and Regulatory Policy - Energy - Trade - Legal Issues - Texas Office

 

Leadership

 

Robert Weissman

Robert Weissman is president of Public Citizen.

Weissman is an expert on economic, health care, trade and globalization, intellectual property and regulatory policy, and issues related to corporate responsibility and commercialism. He has written extensively on corporate accountability, access to medicines, corporate influence over the political process, and World Trade Organization and regulation of the financial markets.

Background:

  • Director of the corporate accountability organization Essential Action.
  • Editor, Multinational Monitor, a magazine that tracks corporate actions worldwide.
  • Public interest attorney at Center for Study of Responsive Law.

Media Appearances:

Weissman has appeared on CBS, CNN, PBS, CNBC, NPR and Marketplace Radio, and has been published and quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Time Magazine.

 

Good Government

 

David Arkush

David Arkush is the director of the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen.

Arkush is an expert in public financing of elections, open government, lobbying and ethics reform, court secrecy, federal preemption of state law and binding mandatory arbitration in consumer contracts.

Background:

  • Staff attorney at Public Justice
  • Teaching Fellow and Supervising Attorney in the Appellate Litigation Program at the Georgetown University Law Center
  • Fuchsberg Fellow at the Public Citizen Litigation Group
  • Clerk for the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Associate at the private public-interest law firm Adkins, Kelston & Zavez
  • Statewide Coordinator of Missouri Voters for Fair Elections

Media Appearances:

Arkush has been on NPR and has been quoted in publications such as the The Hill, The Washington Post and The National Law Journal.

Read a more detailed bio of David Arkush.

Craig Holman

Craig Holman, PhD is the legislative representative for Public Citizen, serving as the organization's Capitol Hill lobbyist on ethics, lobbying and campaign finance rules.

Holman is an expert on campaign finance reform, governmental ethics, lobbying practices and the impact of money in politics.

Background:

  • Senior Policy Analyst at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
  • Assisted in drafting campaign finance reform legislation
  • Author of numerous reports and research projects on the initiative process and the impact of money in politics
  • Served as an expert witness or principal researcher in several court cases defending campaign finance laws, including McConnell v. FEC

Media Appearances:

Holman has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Pacifica Radio and NPR, and has been quoted in publications such as The National Journal, USA Today, Roll Call, Congressional Quarterly and the Associated Press.

Read a more detailed bio of Craig Holman.

Taylor Lincoln

Taylor Lincoln is the research director of the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen.

Lincoln is an expert in issues such as the lobbying campaign against the estate tax, campaign contributions from lobbyists to members of Congress, the electioneering activities of 501 (c) non-profits and the revolving door between the government and K Street.

Background:

  • Author and co-author of many of Congress Watch's ground-breaking reports
  • Former reporter for The Federal Paper, the Potomac Tech Journal and the Montgomery Journal

Media Appearances:

Lincoln has been an occasional guest on television and radio stations and has been quoted in publications such as The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, the Associated Press, BNA, The Philadelphia Inquirer and has had op-eds published in Roll Call.

Read a more detailed bio of Taylor Lincoln.

Angela Canterbury is the Director of Advocacy for the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen.

Canterbury is an expert in creating effective strategies for organizing advocacy and engaging the public on a wide range of issues such as campaign finance reform, civil justice and reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act.

Background:

  • Grassroots Lobbyist for the League of Women Voters
  • Campaign Manager and Political Consultant
  • Manager of Development and Marketing of Political Technology
  • Trainer and Advocate for nongovernmental organizations in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Certified International Election Observer for OSCE during the 1999 Ukrainian Presidential Election

Read a more detailed bio of Angela Canterbury.

 

Health and Drug Safety

 

Sidney Wolfe

Sidney M. Wolfe, MD is the founder and director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

Wolfe is an expert on issues of drug safety, health care policy, Food and Drug Administration and hospital oversight, OSHA, medical devices, Medicare and Medicaid and doctor discipline.

Background:

  • Member of the Food and Drug Administration's Drug Safety and Risk Management Committee since August 2008
  • Researcher at the National Institutes of Health specializing in aspects of blood-clotting and alcoholism
  • Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Media Appearances:

Wolfe has appeared on CNBC, CBS, NPR, ABC, NBC, PBS and Fox News, and has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

Annette Ramirez

Annette Ramirez de Arellano, DrPH is a researcher at the Health Research Group at Public Citizen.

Ramirez de Arellano is an expert in health policy, including issues dealing with state Medicaid programs and international public health concerns.

Background:

  • Professor of health planning and health care organization at the University of Puerto Rico School of Public Health
  • Worked at the Puerto Rico Department of Health
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)
  • Former co-anchor of a public radio program in Puerto Rico on health issues

Media Appearances:

Ramirez de Arellano has appeared on WPFW radio and has been quoted in publications such as The Washington Post, The Washington Times, La Opinion, The Reno Gazette-Journal and United Press International.

 

Energy

 

Tyson Slocum

Tyson Slocum is the director of the Energy Program at Public Citizen.

Slocum is an expert in issues dealing with regulation and deregulation of energy markets, the impact of mergers and lax regulations over electricity, petroleum and natural gas and federal energy legislation.

Background:

  • Member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee since May 2009
  • Policy Analyst at Citizens for Tax Justice

Media Appearances:

Slocum has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News and Comedy Central's "Colbert Report," and has been quoted in publications such as Forbes, CNNMoney.com, The Hill, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, the Associated Press and The Los Angeles Times.

Read a more detailed bio of Tyson Slocum.

Allison Fisher

Allison Fisher is an organizer with the Energy Program at Public Citizen.

Fisher is an expert in engaging and organizing communities to challenge dirty energy sources at the local and state level and on issues such as the relapse of nuclear energy.

Background:

  • Master's degree in Macro Social Work (Community Organizing) from the University of Connecticut

    B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Rural Youth at Risk Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala

Media Appearances:

Fisher has been quoted in publications such as The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, and Bloomberg.com, been interviewed on Pacifica Radio and presented at conferences such as Greenfest and Power Shift.

 

Trade

 

Lori Wallach

Lori M. Wallach has been director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division since 1995.

Wallach is an expert on the operations and outcomes of trade policies such as NAFTA, WTO, CAFTA and more. She is steeped in the domestic and international politics of current trade negotiations and disputes. Wallach works closely with Congress and civil society, scholars, and activists in the U.S and developing countries to foster the growing debate about implications of different models of globalization on jobs, off-shoring, wages, the environment, public health and food safety; equality and social justice and democratically accountable governance.

Background:

  • Author of numerous articles and books, most recently Whose Trade Organization?
  • Founder and board member of Citizens Trade Campaign
  • Prior to law school, Wallach worked for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Media Appearances:

Wallach has appeared on CNN, NPR, ABC, CNBC, Fox News, PBS, Bloomberg TV, BBC and C-SPAN, and has been quoted publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, BNA, and The National Journal.

Read a more detailed bio of Lori Wallach.

Bill Holland is the deputy director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division.

Holland is an expert in issues such as the role of trade in the 2008 elections, progressive organizations and coalition building and the environment.

Background:

  • Midwest Field Director for the Apollo Alliance
  • Leader of the Iowa Fair Trade Campaign during the 2004 Iowa Caucuses
  • Grassroots Organizer with ForestEthics
  • Lead Organizer for Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing

Media Appearances:

Holland has appeared on NBC and has been quoted in publications such as Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, The Des Moines Register and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Read a more detailed bio of Bill Holland.

Todd Tucker is the research director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division.

Tucker is an expert in issues dealing with the Central America Free Trade Agreement, job-offshoring, national security, the 2008 elections and other trade issues.

Background:

  • Analyst at the Center for Economic and Policy Research

Media Appearances:

Tucker has appeared on many Pacifica radio station affiliates and has been quoted in publications such as Latin America Advisor, The National Journal, The Democratic Strategist, TomPaine.com and the Associated Press.

Read a more detailed bio of Todd Tucker.

 

Legal Issues

 

Allison Zieve

Allison Zieve is the director for the Litigation Group at Public Citizen.

Zieve is an expert in issues such as public health litigation, regulatory law, open government, federal preemption, class action abuse and the First Amendment.

Background:

  • Staff attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group since 1994
  • Has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal appellate and trial courts
  • Published articles on FDA regulation, tobacco, preemption and the Freedom of Information Act

Media Appearances:

Zieve has been quoted in publications such as The Chicago Tribune, The Hill, Legal Times, Newsday, The New York Times, The National Law Journal, The Houston Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Read a more detailed bio of Allison Zieve.

Greg Beck

Greg Beck is an attorney for the Litigation Group at Public Citizen.

Beck is an expert in issues of protecting the rights of consumers on the Internet, free speech, intellectual property and consumer rights.

Background:

  • Equal Justice Works fellow at Public Citizen from 2005-2007
  • Clerk for the Honorable Michael R. Murphy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Former Articles Editor of the University of Illinois Law Review
  • Prior to and during law school, Beck worked as a computer programmer

Media Appearances:

Beck has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The New York Sun, The Boston Globe, The Cincinnati Post, U.S. News & World Report, The National Law Journal, American Lawyer, and a variety of blogs and online news sources. Beck is a regular contributor to the Consumer Law & Policy Blog.

Read a more detailed bio of Greg Beck.

Deepak Gupta

Deepak Gupta is an attorney for Litigation Group at Public Citizen and directs the Group's Consumer Justice Project.

Gupta is an expert in issues of consumer and constitutional litigation, particularly those legal issues that have the potential to broadly affect consumers' rights.

Background:

  • Alan Morrison Supreme Court Assistance Fellow at Public Citizen
  • Clerk for the Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Worked on voting rights litigation at the U.S. Department of Justice, church-state litigation at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and prison reform litigation at the American Civil Liberties Union

Media Appearances:

Gupta has appeared on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the Detroit News, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, and the New York Law Journal.

Read a more detailed bio of Deepak Gupta.

Michael Kirkpatrick

Michael Kirkpatrick is a senior attorney for the Litigation Group at Public Citizen.

Kirkpatrick is an expert in constitutional law, civil rights, administrative law, and open government.

Background:

  • Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Senior Trial Attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Attorney with the Farm Worker Division of Texas Rural Legal Aid, Inc.

Media Appearances:

Kirkpatrick has appeared on syndicated radio programs such as Democracy Now, The Connection, All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Voice of America, and has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post, Legal Times, The Los Angeles Times and the New York Law Journal.

Read a more detailed bio of Michael Kirkpatrick.

Paul Levy

Paul Alan Levy is a senior attorney for the Litigation Group at Public Citizen.

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.

Background:

  • Clerk for the Honorable Wade H. McCree, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Special Assistant to Solicitor General McCree
  • Chair of the subcommittee on domain name litigation of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section

Media Appearances:

Levy had been quoted in publications such as The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Sun, The Dallas Morning News, Editor & Publisher, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Read a more detailed bio of Paul Levy.

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson is a senior attorney for the Litigation Group at Public Citizen.

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.

Background:

  • Partner at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, LLP
  • Clerk for the Honorable Byron R. White, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

Media Appearances:

Nelson has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Recorder, The Legal Intelligencer, Legal Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education and The Oregonian.

Read a more detailed bio of Scott Nelson.

Adina Rosenbaum

Adina Rosenbaum is an attorney for the Litigation Group at Public Citizen and directs the Group's Freedom of Information Clearinghouse.

Rosenbaum is an expert in issues dealing with access to records under the Freedom of Information Act, open government, consumer safety and First Amendment rights.

Background:

  • Clerk for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Former editor of the New York University Law Review

Media Appearances:

Rosenbaum has appeared on NPR and has been quoted in publications such as the Associated Press, University Wire, The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, The Washington Times and Legal Times.

Read a more detailed bio of Adina Rosenbaum.

 

Public Citizen's Texas Office

 

smitty

Tom "Smitty" Smith has served as state director of Public Citizen's Texas Office since 1985.

Smith is an expert in issues dealing with clean air, environmental and energy policy, coal, solar and wind policy, air polluting emissions and all things Texas.

Background:

  • Board Member for Clean Water Action
  • Board Member for the Texas Wind Power Coalition
  • Board Member for Texans for Public Justice
  • Board Member for Campaigns for People
  • Board Member for the Clean Energy Project of CEERT
  • Former Director of the Houston Foodbank

Media Appearances:

Smith has appeared on many local Texas news channels, including CBS 42, KXAN-TV and KVUE-TV, and has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, the Associated Press and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Read a more detailed bio of Tom "Smitty" Smith.