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Joseph A. Levitt

Washington, D.C.

Joseph A. Levitt

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's former top food regulator, Joe Levitt brings a true insider's knowledge in helping clients successfully navigate complex industry regulation. 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.

Joe skillfully handles high-visibility recalls and compliance actions. If organizations find themselves 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 he can communicate a client's position calmly and effectively to the FDA so the matter is put behind them.

On behalf of the food industry, Joe was on the ground floor when Congress developed the landmark FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). He was also a leading voice for the food industry when the FDA developed regulations that all food companies must now follow. Joe and his team know how to guide clients through the labyrinth of FDA's FSMA regulations to ensure that they are as prepared as possible for a FSMA inspection by the FDA.

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.'"

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


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


  • FDA Alumni Association (2007-2017) (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


Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation (Nationwide)

Chambers USA


Food & Beverage MVP



FDA Alumni Association Founders Award


BTI Client Service All-Star

BTI Consulting Group


FDA Distinguished Alumni Award



FDA Equal Employment Opportunity Award



HHS Secretary's Certificate of Appreciation


Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award


FDLI Distinguished Service and Leadership Award


1991, 1999

Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award

1982, 1985, 1987, 1999

FDA Award of Merit


FDA Commissioner's Special Citation



HHS Secretary's Special Citation


HHS Distinguished Service Award


Public Health Service Superior Service Award

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