Christopher Banthin, J.D.
Director, TCRC/Senior Staff Attorney
As the Program Director of the Tobacco Control Resource Center, Mr. Banthin oversees tobacco research and policy development projects at the Public Health Advocacy Institute. Mr. Banthin was previously the Deputy Director of the Tobacco Control Resource Center before its merger with the Public Health Advocacy Institute in 2006. He has authored several articles and presented at conferences around the country on tobacco control and public health law. Mr. Banthin directs work on numerous research grants and contracts. He advises municipalities, state and federal lawmakers and nongovernmental public health organizations. He was an expert consultant to the United State Department of Justice in its lawsuit against the leading cigarettes manufacturers. Mr. Banthin’s appellate law practice is largely focused on defending public health laws from legal challenges.
Richard A. Daynard, J.D., Ph.D.
Richard A. Daynard holds a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Sociology from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from M.I.T. in Urban Studies and Planning (specializing in Law and Social Policy). He is a University Distinguished Professor of Law at Northeastern University, where he has been teaching since 1969. Professor Daynard has played key roles with a number or organizations devoted to combating the epidemics caused by tobacco and, more recently, obesity. These include serving as the President of the Public Health Advocacy Institute; Chair of the Tobacco Products Liability Project; and Chair of the Law and Obesity Project. He has published over 80 articles, appeared in or been interviewed by major international media programs, and spoken on these issues in over 30 countries.
Lissy C. Friedman, J.D.
Senior Staff Attorney
Lissy Friedman holds a J.D. cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA and a BA in Political Science magna cum laude from Boston University in Boston, MA. She is currently studying the tobacco industry’s use of corporate social responsibility rhetoric and tactics to improve its image. Ms. Friedman has published numerous peer-reviewed and law review articles and is a frequent presenter at national tobacco control and public health conferences.
Mark Gottlieb joined the staff of the Public Health Advocacy Institute in 1993 after graduating from Northeastern University School of Law. His efforts have focused on researching tobacco litigation as a public health strategy as director of the Tobacco Products Liability Project, reducing the harm caused by secondhand tobacco smoke through a variety of legal and policy approaches, fostering scholarship using tobacco industry documents, and, more recently, examining legal and policy approaches to address obesity. Mark is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University School of Law where he teaches and operates the Public Health Legal Clinic. He is the Executive Director of the Institute and lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife and three children. Some of his publications can be viewed here.
Ilana M. Knopf, J.D.
Director of Center for Public
Health and Tobacco Policy
Ilana M. Knopf is the Director of PHAI’s Center for Public Health and Tobacco Policy. The Center is funded to work with the New York State cancer prevention program and the tobacco control programs of both New York and Vermont to develop and support policy initiatives that reduce tobacco-related morbidity and mortality as well as other chronic diseases. Prior to joining the center, she served as Counsel to the Tobacco Project of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) in Washington, DC. There, she assisted states interpret, implement and enforce the provisions of the tobacco Master Settlement Agreements. Ilana has previously served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. She received a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was managing editor of The Journal of Constitutional Law, a board member of the Guild Food Stamp Clinic and president of the Environmental Law Society.
Meredith K. Lever is a 2014 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. During law school Meredith focused on litigation and on learning how to apply findings from cognitive psychology and behavioral economics to law and public policy. She now works at PHAI as a staff attorney in the newly formed Center for Public Health Litigation.
Andrew Rainer, J.D.
Director, Center for Public Health Litigation
Andrew Rainer serves as PHAI’s Litigation Director, and Director of PHAI’s new litigation project, The Center for Public Health Litigation. Mr. Rainer brings to PHAI over 30 years of experience as a lawyer and litigator, having worked previously both as a prosecutor and as a civil trial lawyer. Immediately prior to joining PHAI in 2014, Mr. Rainer served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Massachusetts Environmental Strike Force, where he oversaw the investigation and prosecution of environmental crimes as well as a number of important public health cases. Mr. Rainer has also served as an Assistant District Attorney, a partner in two Boston law firms, and as Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. An AV-rated lawyer and a Massachusetts Superlawyer, he has tried dozens of cases to verdict and negotiated numerous public impact settlements. Mr. Rainer is also a frequent presenter at environmental, public health, and trial advocacy programs.
Kerry Malloy Snyder, J.D.
Assistant Director for Center for Public Health
and Tobacco Policy
Prior to joining the center, she served as an associate counsel with the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services where she provided legal advice and drafted legislation for the members of the New Jersey Legislature. Her previous experience includes working as an associate with the law firm of Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C., and as the legislative director and chief of staff in the office of Massachusetts State Senator Steven Tolman. Kerry received a J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School with a Certificate of Concentration in Health and Biomedical Law and was a founding member of the Journal of Health and Biomedical Law.
Ed Sweda, Jr., J.D.
Edward L. Sweda, Jr., is Senior Attorney for the Tobacco Products Liability Project (TPLP), a project of PHAI. Having been active in tobacco control since 1979 with a particular focus on the legislative and litigation aspects of public policy, Mr. Sweda has worked to promote tobacco litigation and thereby force tobacco companies to bear legal and financial responsibility for the harm caused by the intended use of their products. Articles authored or co-authored by Mr. Sweda have appeared in Trial Magazine, the European Journal of Public Health, Indoor Pollution Law Report, the British Medical Bulletin, Tobacco Control and the New York State Journal of Medicine.
Key Project Consultants
Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, an expert on worker health and safety policy, spent a decade working for the US Department of Labor, served on the team investigating the Sago Mine Disaster for the State of West Virginia, and is currently on the independent team investigating the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster. She directs the Beyond OSHA project.
Anthony Robbins, MD, MPA, a founder of PHAI, is Professor of Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine and Co-editor, Journal of Public Health Policy. He has been a faculty member at McGill, the University of Vermont, Dartmouth, the University of Colorado, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, and Boston University. He has directed the Vermont Department of Health, the Colorado Department of Health, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the US National Vaccine Program. At the full House Energy and Commerce Committee, he was the professional staff member for health. In 1981, he was elected President of the American Public Health Association. For five years he edited Public Health Reports, the scientific journal of the US Public Health Service, before moving to Tufts. From 2001 to 2010 he was a member of the steering committee for the project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy (SKAPP). He serves as Principal Investigator for the Beyond OSHA project and on PHAI’s board of directors.
Board of Directors
Richard Daynard (President, Voting ex-officio Board Member)
Professor Daynard is at the forefront of an international movement to establish the legal responsibility of the tobacco industry for tobacco-induced death, disease and disability. He is president of the law school’s Public Health Advocacy Institute and chair of its Tobacco Products Liability Project. He is also an international leader in combating the obesity epidemic. Professor Daynard has written or co-authored more than 80 articles. He teaches in the areas of public health law, strategic litigation and interdisciplinary studies. Professor Daynard has lectured about legal issues in the control of tobacco and obesity in 50 countries, and has chaired 25 national and international conferences on these subjects. He is a University Distinguished Professor of Law at Northeastern University.
Daniel Givelber (Board Clerk)
As Dean of Northeastern University School of Law from 1984 through 1993 and Interim Dean in 1998 -1999, Professor Givelber was instrumental in the development of Northeastern University School of Law’s Public Interest Loan Deferral and Forgiveness Program, one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind in the country. He played an integral role in forging the ties between Tufts University School of Medicine and Northeastern University School of Law that resulted in the creation of the JD/MPH dual-degree program. His scholarly interests include the impact of law on the behavior of individuals and institutions in health related areas. Professor Givelber recently retired from Northeastern University School of Law.
Dr. Blake Cady (Board Chair)
Dr. Cady’s major academic interests have been in the biological behavior of cancer and the coordination of multidisciplinary treatments of cancer in a balanced fashion so that radical treatments are utilized in advanced cancers and simplified treatments in early and low risk cancers. He has been President of the New England Cancer Society, New England Surgical Society, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Association of Endocrine Surgery, the Boston Surgical Society and the Massachusetts Division of the American Cancer Society. He received the annual Distinguished Award of the American Cancer Society and the Lemuel Shattuck Medal of the Massachusetts Public Health Association on two occasions for activities in Tobacco Control.
Dr. Gregory N Connolly
Dr. Connolly’s research focuses on the prevention and control of tobacco and tobacco related disease. He conducts research on tobacco product design, reduced risk tobacco products, global tobacco issues, efficacy of tobacco control interventions and the structure and marketing practices of the tobacco industry. Dr. Connolly is the principal investigator on three research projects. Dr. Connolly holds a dual appointment at Research Professor at Northeastern University School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences.
Dr. Joseph DiFranza
Dr. DiFranza is a recognized national expert on adolescent tobacco utilization. His research covers a range of tobacco-related topics including the onset of nicotine dependence, the effects of tobacco advertising, tobacco industry public relations programs, tobacco-related complications of pregnancy, school smoking cessation programs, and the effects of environmental tobacco smoke. Dr. DiFranza is recognized nationally for his contribution to the efforts to prevent the illegal sale of tobacco to children. Dr. DiFranza is Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at University of Massachusetts Medical School
Professor Hyde has worked extensively at the state and local levels of public health as well as in academic settings. He has focused on public health and public policy in a broad range of areas including child abuse and neglect, environmental health policy, tobacco control policy, and most recently Hepatitis C. His work on risk communication and public health practice during “chaos events” continues to receive wide recognition in the public health community and beyond. He is Associate Professor Emeritus of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Mr. Kelley has worked in the field of injury control for more than 30 years as an educator, researcher, author, expert witness and historian. His concerns embrace product-safety policies of government and industry, advertising claims for dangerous products, inadequate safety standards, and the public health consequences of product injuries, among others. A former official of the U.S. Department of Transportation, he was a principal architect of the world-renowned vehicle safety research and communications program of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, where he served as a senior officer for fifteen years. Later, as president of the Institute for Injury Reduction, he led efforts to document motor vehicle and other hazardous products and to inform the public about their lack of safety. He is Director of Injury Control Policy at the Trauma Foundation.
Ms. Reiner is Managing Director for the legal search firm of Major, Lindsey & Africa. Ms. Reiner has more than 30 years of experience practicing law in the Boston area. She served as a partner in Brown Rudnick’s litigation department, where she originated the Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Philip Morris, et al. tobacco case, which resulted in an $8.3 billion settlement for the state. Among other distinguished work, she settled several multi-million-dollar environmental insurance recovery cases and led the discovery on behalf of the Commonwealth of more than six million documents in the tobacco case. Ms. Reiner was recognized as a Boston ‘Super Lawyer’ in 2004 and 2005, is Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated, and is a former Adjunct Professor (Mediation in the Public Interest) at Northeastern University School of Law. She is also the co-chair and co-founder of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA)’s Law Firm Eco-Challenge, Energy and Environment Task Force, which helps lawyers reduce energy and resource consumption.
Dr. Anthony Robbins
Dr. Robbins is a founder of PHAI, Professor of Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine and Co-editor, Journal of Public Health Policy. He has been a faculty member at McGill, the University of Vermont, Dartmouth, the University of Colorado, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, and Boston University. He has directed the Vermont Department of Health, the Colorado Department of Health, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the US National Vaccine Program. At the full House Energy and Commerce Committee, he was the professional staff member for health. In 1981, he was elected President of the American Public Health Association. For five years he edited Public Health Reports, the scientific journal of the US Public Health Service, before moving to Tufts. From 2001 to 2010 he was a member of the steering committee for the project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy (SKAPP).
Stephen R. Zoloth (Treasurer)
Professor Zoloth is an expert on occupational hazards, epidemiology and enrollment trends in the health professions. Prior to coming to Northeastern, Zoloth was associate vice provost at Hunter College in New York City. For more than 20 years Zoloth directed Hunter College’s health care programs and initiatives, including the program in community health and the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. He also served as acting dean of Hunter College’s School of Health Sciences and helped bring about its merger with the School of Nursing. Zoloth is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned a PhD Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He also received an MPH degree from the University of California, Berkeley and was a post-doctoral fellow at Rockefeller University. Zoloth’s research interests include mortality among urban bus drivers, sheet metal workers and pressmen, as well as health care options available to inmate populations. He is currently Vice-Provost for Health Research at Northeastern University.