Lisa Mankofsky (she/her/hers) leads CSPI’s class action litigation, administrative lawsuits, and negotiations. CSPI’s class action litigation challenges deceptive advertising and labeling practices concerning food and supplements. In order to protect the health and safety of consumers, we also litigate under the Administrative Procedure Act against governmental agencies where the agency has unlawfully withheld or unreasonably delayed agency action; and/or where the agency acted in an arbitrary and capricious way, abused its discretion, and/or acted unlawfully. The Litigation Department also engages in negotiations with food and dietary supplement manufacturers seeking agreements to correct deceptive advertising and labeling practices.
Prior to joining CSPI, Lisa worked at three private law firms where she gained decades of experience litigating and advising on a range of complex civil cases in federal and state courts, including cases seeking to prevent unfair or deceptive marketing practices, false advertising, and violations of Consumer Protection Acts. As a long-time partner at Foley & Lardner LLP and later as a Senior Trial Consultant, she worked on consumer protection laws prohibiting deceptive and unconscionable business practices in the areas of food, drug, and product safety, and preventing telemarketing abuse. Lisa earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in Political Science with high honors from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars.
Lisa joined CSPI in August 2019.
What's the most inspiring part of your job?
"The thing I enjoy most about working at CSPI is that I feel our work is impactful, and I gain a lot of satisfaction working on matters that truly contribute to improving the public’s health through better nutrition and safer food."