We represent companies that make, distribute, sell and prepare the food, beverages and nutrients we consume, helping them overcome regulatory hurdles, resolve disputes, protect intellectual property, and build thriving businesses.
Our clients include food producers, consumer product goods manufacturers, growers, food distribution companies, bottling companies, restaurants and restaurant chains, alcoholic beverage producers, dietary supplement companies as well as service providers and agencies offering advertising, packaging and other services to customers in the hospitality, supermarket, bakery and restaurant sectors.
Our work includes:
- Defending litigation related to genetically modified crops
- Resolving disputes between food clients and farm/grower networks
- Representing food companies in labeling and advertising issues
- Defending manufacturers and growers against FDA and state regulatory claims
- Advertising, social media, endorsements, and marketing compliance
- Business planning and financing
- Corporate formation, including legal entity selection and management agreements
- Dispute mediation, arbitration, and litigation, including class actions
- Equipment purchase and leasing
- FDA Electronic Submissions Gateway issues
- Franchise, distribution and licensing arrangements
- Labor and employment.
- Mergers, acquisitions, and securities work
- Packaging, labelling, and traceability
- Real estate, including commercial leasing
- Sweepstakes, incentive, and loyalty programs
We have also counseled food industry clients in a wide array of cases, such as contract disputes, personal injury litigation, white collar criminal/government investigations and employment issues.
Our team members apply their expertise across disciplines so our clients’ needs are addressed with responsive and innovative approaches. We assist clients proactively to avoid disputes and, where necessary, respond to governmental investigations, consumer litigation, or allegations made by a market competitor. Our team regularly advises clients on the legal implications of marketing strategies, advertising and claim substantiation, developing social media policies, and current trends and enforcement priorities in connection with marketing products to children.