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Joseph A. Levitt

Washington, D.C.

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. His record of "helping startups and multinational companies... survive Food and Drug Administration investigations and avoid import bans that could shutter the companies," led to Joe being named a Law360 Food & Beverage MVP (2016).

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 'accrued deep experience during his previous position within the FDA, and has extensive expertise in FSMA-related matters.'"

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-present) (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



BTI Client Service All-Star

BTI Consulting Group


Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award

1991, 1999

Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award


FDA Alumni Association Founders Award

1982, 1985, 1987, 1999

FDA Award of Merit


FDA Commissioner's Special Citation



FDA Distinguished Alumni Award



FDA Equal Employment Opportunity Award



FDLI Distinguished Service and Leadership Award



HHS Distinguished Service Award


HHS Secretary's Special Citation


Public Health Service Superior Service Award

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

New Food Safety Law to Strengthen Allergen Control Programs

Food Allergy News
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