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.
"Joe 'earns acclaim for the 'great perspective and insight' he brings to regulatory advice.'"
"[R]evered by clients as 'an icon of food law.'"
Areas of Focus
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.
2009 - Present
Food and Beverages
Chambers USA (Tier 1)