Gary Jay Kushner
Gary Jay Kushner knows the food industry inside and out as he has been a part of it for almost 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 has participated in the development of virtually every law and regulation affecting the food industry in the last four decades. Gary 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, and evaluates their impact on the food industry from farm to table. His insight allows him to anticipate how these initiatives might change the way his clients do business so they can plan most effectively.
Gary also helps companies address regulatory compliance issues, advising them on labeling, advertising, inspection, and representing them in enforcement proceedings before government agencies and the courts.
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.
"Recognized by market sources for his strong USDA regulatory practice."
"Impressed interviewees with his knowledge of food regulatory issues, and is also highlighted for his extremely client service-oriented approach."
Areas of Focus
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.
The Best Lawyers in America
Food and Beverages
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