Victoria (Tory) Nugent is Legal Director at Democracy Forward. Prior to coming to Democracy Forward, Ms. Nugent was a Partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, one of the nation’s foremost class action firms. While there, she served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Consumer Practice Group (2021-2023) and Public Client Practice Group (2017-2020) and served on the firm’s Executive Committee (2020 – 2022). During her years at Cohen Milstein, she was a highly regarded consumer protection litigator and oversaw significant consumer fraud investigations and litigation on behalf of the state Attorneys General of Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Indiana, and Vermont, as well as class actions brought on behalf of consumers, borrowers, farmers, and small business owners under the laws of numerous states.

Prior to joining Cohen Milstein worked at Public Citizen for seven years and was a law fellow
sponsored by the National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL/Equal Justice Works) at
Public Justice.

Since 2018, Ms. Nugent has been a member of Public Justice Foundation’s Board of Directors. She served on the D.C. Bar Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct from 2012 to 2019 and since 2019, she has been a member of the Bar’s Legal Ethics Committee. In 2022, she was elected to the membership of the American Law Institute. Ms. Nugent received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.