About

The Public Participation Project is working to pass federal anti-SLAPP legislation in Congress. Our coalition of supporters currently includes more than 80 organizations and businesses, and more than 40 prominent individuals. PPP also assists individuals and organizations working to pass anti-SLAPP legislation in the states as well as in foreign countries. An important part of our work includes educating the public regarding SLAPPs and the consequences of these types of destructive lawsuits.

Founder and President

Mark Goldowitz is the Founder and President of the Public Participation Project. He defends SLAPP targets in California. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1972. After working for Greater Boston Legal Services and Bronx Legal Services, he returned to his native California, where he became the Executive Director of Contra Costa Legal Services Foundation. In 1991, he founded the California Anti-SLAPP Project, in response to SLAPPs against him and his clients by the owners of mobile home parks. Since that time, in addition to defending SLAPP victims in California, he has worked to pass and strengthen the California anti-SLAPP law and to enact federal anti-SLAPP legislation.

Tel: (510) 486-9123
Email: mg[at]casp.net

Legislative Director

Peter Kurdock is the Legislative Director for the Public Participation Project. Previously, he was an Associate Director of Policy for the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America). Kurdock has also served as a Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. He received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2005 and was an associate with a large New York City based law firm.

Tel: (202) 664-3796
Email: pkurdock[at]anti-slapp.org

Field Organizer and Webmaster

Justin Kurtz is the Field Organizer and Webmaster for the Public Participation Project. He is a senior at Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation where he is pursuing a degree in aviation flight science. Justin was the victim of a $750,000 SLAPP after he started a Facebook page detailing the poor business practices of a towing company in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Justin’s suit lasted more than 8 months before the plaintiff accepted an offer of zero dollars to settle the action as a result of a court sponsored case evaluation. Justin’s Facebook page had over 14,000 supporters and his case was the subject of a front page article in the New York Times. Justin recently testified before the Michigan Legislature on behalf of anti-SLAPP legislation which has passed the Michigan House of Representatives with bipartisan support and is awaiting action in the Senate.

Tel:
Email: jkurtz[at]anti-slapp.org

Legislative Assistant

Evan Mascagni graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law in 2011.  While in law school, Mascagni was Editor-in-Chief of the UDC Law Review, was awarded the Women’s Bar Association 2010 Founders Fellowship, and was awarded a Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2009, where he worked at the National Whistleblowers Center in Washington, DC.  He joined the Public Participation Project in 2011.

Tel: (510) 486-9123
Email: emascagni[at]anti-slapp.org