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Leslie Rudloff, Esq

Director of Legal Affairs

Leslie Rudloff is Director of Legal Affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 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, Ms. Rudloff directs the Physicians Committee's advocacy litigation, which challenges industry and government when they encourage the consumption of animal products and other unhealthful foods. Ms. Rudloff also assists in the Physicians Committee's efforts to use the legal system to promote vegan diets and alternatives to the use of animals in medical research and education.

Since joining the Physicians Committee in early 2010, Ms. Rudloff’s caseload has included multiple lawsuits against national restaurant chains for failing to warn consumers of carcinogens in grilled chicken products; a consumer protection suit against processed meat manufacturers; and litigation against federal agencies for violations of the Administrative Procedure Act.

One of Ms. Rudloff’s significant focus areas is the use of open government laws, at both the state and federal level, to advance the Physicians Committee's work, including recent public records suits in California, Michigan, New York, and South Dakota state courts. Additionally, she drafts federal petitions, handles corporate governance matters for the Physicians Committee and its affiliates, and assists in submitting shareholder proposals to corporations who use animals in research.

Ms. Rudloff received a Bachelor of Science in paralegal studies from Mississippi College. She received her law degree from Western Michigan University and her LL.M., with honors, in Intellectual Property Law from The John Marshall Law School. Prior to joining the Physicians Committee, Ms. Rudloff was in private practice where she litigated civil and criminal matters.

Ms. Rudloff is a member of the Texas, Kentucky, Illinois, and Tennessee bars and has been admitted to the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. She served as Vice- Chair of Membership of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee from 2016-2018. She formed the American Bar Association’s Animals in Science and Technology subcommittee and served as Chair from 2015-2019. She was also instrumental in the formation of both the Tennessee Bar Association’s and Kentucky Bar Association’s Animal Law Sections and served as Standing Committee Director for the Kentucky Bar Association Animal Law Section from 2014-2016. She presents at animal law seminars and conferences around the nation including Harvard Law School’s Animal Welfare Act at 50 Conference. She also authored Failure to Launch: The Lack of Implementation and Enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, 66 Syr. L. Rev. 173 (2017) in Syracuse Law Review’s Symposium on Animal Law which was also featured on the Animal Legal and Historical Center website. She was nominated as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2019 for demonstrating outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Fellows are recommended by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.