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Food Industry

Businesses focused on food, restaurants, dietary supplements and healthy living products need legal advisors with deep knowledge of market trends, regulatory pitfalls and best-practices. We offer clients industry-leading expertise and a holistic suite of services.

More than 120 litigators, transaction lawyers, patent attorneys and scientists – including 50 with advanced degrees and 20 with PhDs – comprise our food industry practice. With a broad range of professional capabilities, we assist clients with:

  • Strategic deal structuring
  • Marketing initiatives
  • Technology procurement
  • Product labeling and advertising
  • Patents and trademarks
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Agency investigations
  • Litigation and risk management  [[Read More Delimiter]]

We counsel clients on everything from nutritional supplements, food additives, functional foods and dietary supplements to herbs, natural/organic foods, and food packaging. As the science of food technology evolves, we’re working in emerging areas such as functional foods, nutraceuticals, antimicrobial “smart” packaging, genetic engineering and nanotechnology. Clients include manufacturers, marketers, wholesalers, retail companies, restaurants, and industry organizations.

Attorneys in our Industry-focused practice work with private equity firms that focus on restaurants, dietary supplement marketers, specialty food manufacturers and other food businesses. We advise them on food industry issues and help them develop both investment and exit strategies. Food and nutritional businesses also rely on us for corporate transactions, many of which involve vendor agreements, product line sales or acquisitions, reorganizations or financial restructuring, as well as intellectual property and employment issues.

Our litigation work includes defending clients against Federal Trade Commission advertising complaints, FDA and FTC enforcement actions and prosecutions, consumer class actions, and product labeling cases. We also counsel clients on litigation avoidance and risk management, including maintaining compliance with state laws, such as California’s Proposition 65.

Practice Highlights

DRI Product Liability Conference
February 3, 2016
New Orleans, LA

ABA Food and Supplements Workshop
June 9, 2015
Omaha, NE

GMA 2015 Litigation Conference
February 24, 2015
Fort Myers, FL

DRI Product Liability Conference
February 4, 2015
Las Vegas, NV