Lawyer Detail

Matthew Penn


Public Health Law Program,
Office for State Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

4770 Buford Highway
MS E-70 
Atlanta, GA 30341


Areas of Expertise

  • Disease Control
  • Emergency Legal Preparedness & Response

Available For

  • Referrals
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Technical Assistance



Publications and Research


Matthew Penn is the Director of CDC Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support’s Public Health Law Program (PHLP). PHLP works towards a public health community that understands how the law impacts the public health system and the public’s health. In his role as PHLP Director, he leads a team of legal analysts responsible for the agency’s efforts to support the use of law as a public health tool at the state, tribal, local, and territorial levels. Prior to entering federal service he was a Staff Attorney serving South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control for nine years as an advising attorney with extensive experience in the areas of emergency preparedness, disease control, and environmental health. He began his legal career with the South Carolina Supreme Court in the Staff Attorney’s Office and the University of South Carolina’s Office of General Counsel.  He received his law degree with honors from the University of South Carolina and his undergraduate in English from the University of Georgia.