Jeff Clements is the president and co-founder of Free Speech for People, a national, non-partisan campaign to challenge the creation of Constitutional rights for corporations, overturn Citizens United v. FEC, and strengthen American democracy and republican self-government. He is the author of the Corporations Are Not People (Berrett-Koehler, 2012). Jeff, an attorney, has represented people, businesses and the public interest since 1988.
Jeff served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office from early 2007 to 2009. As Bureau Chief, he led more than 100 attorneys and staff in the enforcement of environmental, healthcare, financial services, civil rights, antitrust and consumer protection laws. Jeff also served as an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts from 1996 to 2000, where he worked on litigation against the tobacco industry and handled range of other investigations and litigation to enforce consumer protection and antitrust laws.
Jeff Clements has been a partner in the Boston law firm of Mintz Levin, as well as in his own firm. He also has practiced in Maine, where he has represented clients in a variety of litigation and in investigations and prosecutions by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Maine Attorney General’s Office.
In 1992, the people of Portland, Maine elected Jeff to serve as a Trustee and President of the Board of Trustees of the Portland Water District, a public agency responsible for protecting and delivering safe drinking water and ensuring proper treatment of wastewater for 160,000 people. At the time, Jeff was a co-founder, officer, and director of Friends of Casco Bay, an environmental advocacy organization focused on protection and stewardship of Maine’s Casco Bay. He also has served as a Trustee and President of the Board of The Waldorf School in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Jeff Clements graduated with distinction in History and Government from Colby College in 1984, and from Cornell Law School in 1988. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.