Jeff Dubner is Deputy Legal Director at Democracy Forward.

At Democracy Forward, Jeff has represented local governments, non-profits, and individuals challenging a wide array of executive branch misconduct at the federal and state level. His victories have included:

  • A series of suits on behalf of the City of Baltimore, King County, WA, Multnomah County, OR, and Healthy Teen Network reversing the termination of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grants by the Department of Health and Human Services and stopping an effort to remake the program in an unlawful fashion.
  • A suit by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Truth Initiative, and several pediatricians that ended the Food and Drug Administration’s refusal to enforce critical provisions of the Tobacco Control Act against e-cigarettes.
  • A challenge by the National Women’s Law Center and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement to the unlawful stay of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pay equity data collection, together with post-judgment litigation to ensure that the agency implements the reinstated collection.

In addition to his work at Democracy Forward, he serves as co-lead counsel in a class action challenging the healthcare system at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, the largest maximum-security prison in the country. In March 2021, the Court found that the defendants’ practices violated the Eighth Amendment and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Prior to joining Democracy Forward, Jeff worked at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, where he represented individuals, small businesses, and unions in a variety of state and federal antitrust actions, helping to obtain more than a billion dollars in relief for individuals and companies injured by corporate wrongdoing. He has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by both National Law Journal and Super Lawyers, received the “Judicial Advocacy Initiative Award” from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and was honored for “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer” by the American Antitrust Institute.

Jeff clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge John G. Koeltl of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

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