Gary Jay Kushner

Gary Jay Kushner

Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 202 637 5856

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

"Recognized by market sources for his strong USDA regulatory practice."

Chambers USA

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.

Awards and recognitions


Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation (Nationwide), Rank 2
Chambers USA


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Member of the Year
American Frozen Food Institute

2014, 2017-2020

The Best Lawyers in America


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

Education and admissions


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1975

A.B., University of Michigan, with distinction, 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


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, Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

U.S. Court of International Trade

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

U.S. Supreme Court

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.

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