Allison Zieve

Director, Public Citizen Litigation Group

Allison M. Zieve joined Public Citizen Litigation Group in August 1994. In 2009, she became the Group's director and director of our Supreme Court Assistance Project. She also serves as General Counsel of Public Citizen.

Ms. Zieve’s litigation practice addresses public health (such drug safety, food labeling, and tobacco issues), consumer safety (such as automobile standards), open government, federal preemption, class action standards, and First Amendment issues (in the context of federal regulation and of the Internet). Many of her cases involve issues related to the Food and Drug Administration, as well as the Department of Transportation, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health and Human Services, among other agencies. Among the cases litigated by Ms. Zieve are Marx v. GRC, __ U.S. __ (2013) (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act), Riegel v. Medtronic, Inc., 552 U.S. 312 (2008) (preemption of state tort law), Warner-Lambert Co. v. Kent, 552 U.S. 440 (2008) (preemption of provision of Michigan product liability law), Will v. Hallock, 126 U.S. 952 (2006) (Federal Tort Claims Act), and Dusenbery v. United States, 534 U.S. 161 (2002) (due process).

Ms. Zieve serves as a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a member of the American Law Institute, and a board member of the Food and Drug Law Institute. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University School of Law and American University’s Washington College of Law. In addition, since its inception, Ms. Zieve has judged the American Constitution Society's Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law. She has written articles for N.Y.U.’s Annual Survey of American Law, Duke Law School’s Law & Contemporary Problems, TRIAL Magazine, various BNA legal publications, Internal Medicine News, and Regulatory Affairs Journal (UK).

Ms. Zieve is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and is admitted to practice before numerous federal courts. She graduated from Brown University and Yale Law School.

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