Maile Hermida

Washington, D.C.

Find a more dynamic fit

High-quality opportunities

When I was a summer associate, I worked on a wide variety of projects to find a practice area that felt like a good fit. My projects for the Food Law group were fun and interesting, plus I really enjoyed the people I got to work with. The summer program exposed me to this great practice, which wasn’t something I even knew existed beforehand. And this is ultimately where I practice today.

My advice is to take advantage of the summer program and rotations so you can start to find the right practice for your interests. Hogan Lovells is very focused on helping new lawyers find the practice area that’s the right fit.

Professional expertise 

My practice focuses on food law and regulation, with particular specialization on food safety and FDA enforcement. I work with food manufacturers, retailers, and their trade associations on everything related to food. From developing legislation, regulations, and policy to responding to government inquiries and investigations. 

I’m a graduate of The George Washington University School of Law and Tulane University. Prior to joining then Hogan & Hartson, I served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Charles F. Lettow of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Personal growth

One of my professional highlights has been working on FDA’s development of regulations under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). I’ve spent a lot of my time working on FSMA since the law was enacted in 2011, going from the pre-rulemaking stage to rulemaking and now to enforcement. My extensive involvement on FSMA has enabled me to have a deep understanding of everything related to the law – including FDA’s regulations, guidance, implementation strategies, and common industry challenges. As a result, I’ve gained a deep understanding of food safety practices in the entire food industry, from farm to table. And I’ve grown a lot as a lawyer during this time too. It’s amazing to look back and see that the work I started as a third-year associate continues today!