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Martin J. Hahn

Washington, D.C.

Martin J. Hahn

Martin Hahn uses his background in food technology and his comprehensive understanding of the laws governing the food industry to navigate clients through the myriad regulatory and business issues impacting the industry from farm to table.

He recognizes the demands placed on his clients and finds innovative and creative solutions, particularly when responding to observations raised by regulators during inspections. Whether the issue involves obtaining the authorization of a new food or dietary ingredient, complying with manufacturing requirements, labeling or advertising, product recalls, or enforcement, Martin serves as an effective advisor and advocate.

Martin's career has touched on almost every issue impacting the food industry. He has a comprehensive understanding of the laws affecting the labeling and advertising of foods, dietary supplements, infant formulas, medical foods, and foods for special dietary use. He helps clients anticipate new trends and develop the data that is needed to distinguish their products from others on the market. With his understanding of science and technology in the food industry, Martin provides assistance in obtaining regulatory authorizations to market new food ingredients, food packaging materials, and dietary ingredients. He also assists clients in responding to proposed regulations and draft guidance, as well as, tracks and keeps his clients apprised of the latest trends in class action law suits and helps clients anticipate new regulatory initiatives.

Martin grew up on a farm and worked in food processing plants before going to law school. His hands-on experience in the field and degree in food technology allow him to better understand the challenges his clients face in complying with the laws impacting food manufacturing. He understands Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and the regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).


"The 'well-respected and very perceptive' Martin Hahn has a comprehensive understanding of FDA and FTC-related matters. He has advised various leading industry players on issues regarding ingredients, labeling and advertising."

Chambers USA 2015

Representative Experience

Obtained FDA authorization for a food contact substance that will be used in a medical device to digest fats in foods prior to administration.

Worked with industry coalition and FDA in seeking an orderly phase out of the use of partially hydrogenated oils by the food industry.

Submitted comments on behalf of food trade associations that resulted in increased flexibility in FSMA final regulations.

Developed legal and scientific support leading to favorable resolution of litigation challenging Proposition 65 warning for caramel color.

Helped company respond effectively to a 483 challenging their manufacturing practices and resolved issues without FDA issuing a Warning Letter.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1989
  • B.S., The Ohio State University, 1986


  • Associate Member, Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Member, District of Columbia Chapter, Institute of Food Technologists

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia

2009-2011, 2015

Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation

Chambers USA


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