Lawyer Detail

Donna Levin

National Director

The Network for Public Health Law

7101 York Avenue South
Edina, MN 55435


Areas of Expertise

  • Crisis Standards of Care
  • Newborn Screening

Available For

  • Referrals
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Technical Assistance



Publications and Research


Donna E. Levin, J.D., is national director of the Network for Public Health Law, where she oversees organizational strategy and operations. Before joining the Network, Donna spent over 20 years as general counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she had oversight of Office of General Counsel and led her team in providing guidance on statutory and regulatory authority, the development of major policy initiatives of the Department, and legislation affecting public health.

Donna’s work has been in the areas of newborn screening; genetics and privacy laws; health insurance consumer protections; biotechnology; emergency public health response; public health aspects of health care and health care cost reform; and medical use of marijuana. She has authored numerous articles and presented on many of these topics. 

Donna has been an adjunct professor of public health law at Suffolk University School of Law, and was a lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health. She was also a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies’ Committee on Guidance for Establishing Standards of Care for Use in Disaster Situations. Donna received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, and was a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Health Law Steering Committee.


  • Emergency Preparedness: Crisis Standards of Care – American Bar Association Washington Summit. December 2014. 
  • The Network for Public Health Law – Massachusetts Health Officers Association Annual Conference. October 2014. 
  • Empowering Local Boards of Health: The Role of Law in Policy and Prevention – National Association of Local Boards of Health. August 2014.


  • Comeau, A.M. & Levin, D. (2009). Population-Based Research within a Public Health System: Two Models for Common Rule Compliance in the Massachusetts Newborn Screening Program. In M. Bailey & T. Murray (Eds.), Ethics and Newborn Genetics Screening: New Technologies, New Challenges (274-291). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press.