ATLANTA—A veteran product liability litigator. A food industry entrepreneur. And now, Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Christine Lawson is a graduate of the Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) training program for FDA-regulated food and beverage facilities. PCQI certification means a graduate is qualified to administer a food safety program under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act.

Lawson’s practice focuses, in part, on defending food product manufacturers in product liability litigation. She also counsels food companies on regulatory compliance and reviews, guides food companies through administrative hearings related to product safety concerns, and advises food businesses on labeling and impounding disputes relating to food imports.

But she also owns and operates a company that makes snacks inspired by the dietary restrictions of her children on the autistic spectrum.

“I originally started pursuing PCQI certification because my business needed these skills. But I soon realized that this training also will greatly benefit my food industry clients,” Lawson said. “I understand their needs, goals and challenges because I deal with them myself as a small business owner.”

In addition, Lawson has earned the Food Defense Awareness Certification from the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance as well as the Better Process Control School Certification.