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Gary Jay Kushner

Washington, D.C.

Gary Jay Kushner

Gary Jay Kushner knows the food industry inside and out as he has been a part of it for more than 40 years. His clients are some of the largest food corporations in the world as well as their trade associations. Because of his extensive exposure to the industry at all levels, Gary approaches his clients' challenges from the perspective of a food industry executive.

Gary helps address regulatory compliance issues, advising on product development, labeling, advertising, inspection, and representing clients in enforcement proceedings before government agencies and the courts.

Gary has participated in the development of virtually every law and regulation affecting the food industry in the last four decades. He analyzes legislation considered by the U.S. Congress and state legislatures and regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and other federal and state government agencies. He evaluates the legislative and regulatory impact on the food industry from farm to table. Gary's insight allows him to anticipate how these initiatives might change the way his clients do business so they can plan most effectively.

Previously, Gary served as vice president and general counsel for the American Meat Institute where he directed the organization's legal, regulatory, and legislative activities. He began his food industry career as staff counsel for Scientific Affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers of America and began his legal career as law clerk to the Honorable John R. Hess in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

"Impressed interviewees with his knowledge of food regulatory issues, and is also highlighted for his extremely client service-oriented approach."

Chambers USA

Representative experience

Helped several food manufacturers manage product recalls and related regulatory actions.

Advised an international organization on agriculture sustainability in West Africa.

Led a food industry alliance in advocating realistic government policy for regulation of pathogens.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1975
  • A.B., with distinction, University of Michigan, 1972


  • Adjunct Fellow, University of Maryland Center for Food, Nutrition, and Agriculture Policy
  • Member, Advisory Board, USDA Graduate School
  • Member, American Agricultural Law Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Society of Association Executives (Past Chairman, Legal Section Council)
  • Member, Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Advocates for Better Children's Diets
  • Member, Board of Directors, Seed Programs, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Governors, Aleh Negev
  • Member, Board of Governors, City Club of Washington
  • Member, Federal Bar Association (Past Chairman, Council on Health and Human Services; Past Chairman, Food and Drug Committee)
  • Member, Governing Board, Executive Committee and National Commission, Anti-Defamation League
  • Member, Governing Board, Jewish National Fund
  • Member, Institute of Food Technologists (Member, Laws and Regulations Committee)
  • Member, National Strategic Initiative Steering Committee, Partnership for Food Safety Education
  • Member, Review Committee, National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Report, Assessing the Nation's Framework for Addressing Animal Diseases

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court admissions

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

2014, 2017-2018


The Best Lawyers in America


Acritas Star: Food

Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation (Nationwide)

Chambers USA


Food and Drugs, Administrative Law, Legislative & Governmental Affairs

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers


FDA, Administrative Law, Political Law

Washington, DC Super Lawyers


Distinguished Service Award

American Seed Trade Association


Distinguished Order of Zerocrats


International Who's Who of Lawyers


Who's Who in America


Who's Who in American Law


Who's Who in the East


Who's Who in the World

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