Mark Kennedy, Esq.
Mark Kennedy is director of legal affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a nationwide organization of physicians and laypersons that promotes preventive medicine, especially good nutrition, and addresses controversies in modern medicine, including ethical issues in research.
As director of legal affairs, Mr. Kennedy directs PCRM’s advocacy litigation, which challenges industry and government when they encourage the consumption of animal products and other unhealthy foods. Mr. Kennedy oversees PCRM’s efforts to use the legal system to promote vegan diets as well as alternatives to the use of animals in medical research and education.
Since joining PCRM in 2005, Mr. Kennedy’s caseload has included a class action against major national hot dog and processed meat manufacturers seeking warning labels about cancer risks; multiple lawsuits against national restaurant chains for failing to warn consumers of carcinogens in grilled chicken products; a suit against the drug company Merck for its negligent reliance on animal testing results to market and sell the dangerous drug Vioxx; and an action against the Regents of the University of California to end the unlawful use of state funds for animal experiments that violate the federal Animal Welfare Act.
One of Mr. Kennedy’s significant focus areas is the use of open government laws to advance PCRM’s work. In the past decade, PCRM has litigated public records cases in California, Michigan, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, and federal district court. Mr. Kennedy also drafts PCRM’s petitions to federal agencies, such as PCRM’s successful effort to halt misleading advertising linking consumption of dairy products to weight loss. Additionally, he oversees corporate governance matters for PCRM and its affiliates.
Mr. Kennedy received a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Virginia. He received his law degree from Washington and Lee University, where he served as the executive editor of the Washington and Lee Race and Ethnic Ancestry Law Journal and received the Virginia State Bar’s Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award. Prior to joining PCRM, Mr. Kennedy worked for Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit organization that promotes careers in public service for attorneys.
Mr. Kennedy is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars and has been admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.