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Joseph A. Levitt

Partner
Washington, D.C.

Joseph A. Levitt

As the FDA's former top food regulator, Joe Levitt brings a true insider's knowledge to helping food industry clients deal effectively with the FDA. Whether influencing policy making or confronting a threatened compliance action, Joe's 25 years of FDA experience puts clients in the best position to succeed.

In the private sector, Joe was on the ground floor when Congress developed the landmark FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Joe was also a leading voice for the food industry when the FDA developed regulations that all food companies must now follow. No one can help navigate the labyrinth of FDA’s FSMA regulations better than Joe and his team, and no one can better put your company in the driver's seat when the FDA inspector knocks on your door for your first FSMA inspection.

Joe adeptly handles high visibility recalls and compliance actions. If a company finds itself in trouble with the FDA, they need someone with a deep insider's understanding of what works and what doesn't. Joe knows what the agency expects in the compliance arena, and the bar clients will be expected to meet. He can communicate his client’s position calmly and effectively to the FDA so the matter gets put behind them.

Joe is among the most decorated officials in FDA history, with his achievements being recognized by multiple U.S. presidents, cabinet secretaries, and FDA Commissioners. He maintains close working relationships with senior FDA officials and has served as the Board Chair of the FDA Alumni Association.

Practices

Industries

"[R]evered by clients as 'an icon of food law.'"

Chambers 2015

Representative Experience

Represented food industry in all aspects of legislative and regulations development for the landmark FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

Represented major food company in nationwide recall and successful return to marketplace.

Counseled major food companies in responding to FDA Warning Letters and reaching successful resolution.

Counseled major food companies in responding to criminal investigations.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1978
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Cornell University, 1975

Memberships

  • FDA Alumni Association (2007-present) (Board Chair 2012-14)
  • Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) (2005-10) (Board Chair 2007)
  • Food and Drug Law Institute (2004-05)

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

2009 - Present

Food and Beverages

Chambers USA (Tier 1)

2013

BTI All-Star for Excellence in Client Service

2001

Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award

 

Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award, 1991 and 1999

 

HHS Distinguished Service Award

 

HHS Secretary's Special Citation

 

Public Health Service Superior Service Award

 

FDA Award of Merit

 

FDA Commissioner's Special Citation

 

FDA Equal Employment Opportunity Award

 

FDLI Distinguished Service and Leadership Award

 

FDA Distinguished Alumni Award

 

FDA Alumni Association Founders Award

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

New Food Safety Law to Strengthen Allergen Control Programs

Food Allergy News

Published Works

Time to Get Ready for FSMA

Dairy Foods
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