Jeff Dubner is Senior Counsel at Democracy Forward. At Democracy Forward, Jeff has represented local governments, non-profits, and individuals challenging a wide array of executive branch misconduct. 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 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.
  • A suit on behalf of Natural Resources Defense Council to vacate a Department of Energy stay reopening a loophole in energy efficiency requirements for central air conditioners.

In addition to his work at Democracy Forward, he also represents inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, the largest maximum security prison in the country, in a challenge to the prison’s health care system under 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, 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.

Featured Lawsuits
  • Grants
  • Health Care

Multnomah County v. Department of Health & Human Services

Stopping the Administration's continued efforts to politicize Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grants and violate Congressional mandates.

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  • Health Care

American Academy of Pediatrics, et al. v. Food and Drug Administration

Challenging the FDA's refusal to review e-cigarettes and cigars as required by Congress, on behalf of medical organizations and doctors

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  • Advisory Committees
  • Energy and Environment

Natural Resources Defense Council et al. v. Bernhardt

Challenging the International Wildlife Conservation Council, an illegal body designed to facilitate the unsustainable trophy hunting of endangered species.

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