Jobs at CSPI

Center for Science in the Public Interest
Attn: Human Resources Department
1220 L St. N.W. Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005

Deputy Director, Litigation – Full Time

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition and food safety. CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter, the nation's largest-circulation nutrition newsletter. CSPI’s three main goals are to: provide valuable, objective information to the public and policymakers; represent citizens' interests before legislative, regulatory, and judicial bodies; and ensure that advances in science are used for the public's good. CSPI is supported largely by the 900,000 U.S. and Canadian subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter, and by foundation grants.

The Litigation Project uses state and federal courts to help correct corporate misbehavior. The project brings its own advocacy lawsuits, working with private lawyers across the country. CSPI’s legal filings have produced binding settlements resulting in more honest labeling of artificial ingredients and halting deceptive marketing.

This is a unique opportunity for an experienced class action attorney to join the Litigation Project in a senior position with the goal of becoming CSPI’s next litigation director. The position is based at CSPI’s main office in Washington, D.C.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify appropriate opportunities to advance CSPI issues through litigation and regulation.
  • Seek to interest law firms in initiating litigation on CSPI issues. Serve as co-counsel or sole counsel on lawsuits.
  • Work with other CSPI project directors to stay informed on issues CSPI is addressing.
  • Supervise Litigation Staff Attorneys’ assignments and work.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Litigation in management and supervision of other Litigation Project staff.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Litigation on general administrative and managerial responsibilities associated with day-to-day and long-term operation of the Litigation Project.


  • Law degree (J.D.), and at least 10 years of class-action litigation experience.
  • Must be member of D.C. Bar or state of residence.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of consumer and regulatory law.
  • Strong legal writing, research, and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common legal and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public-interest advocacy.

Salary is commensurate with experience. CSPI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package along with a healthy working environment. Please send a cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest, résumé, state bar admissions, and writing samples to: Include "LIT-Web" in the subject line.

Attn: LIT-Web

Center for Science in the Public Interest

1220 L St. N.W., Suite 300

Washington, D.C. 20005


CSPI is an equal opportunity employer.
Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
For updated information on this or other openings, visit: Jobs at CSPI

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