Covington draws on nearly a century of experience in food and beverage law to help our clients achieve their marketing and business goals while managing regulatory and litigation risks. The firm brings to its current work an unparalleled record of involvement with the most important legislative developments in the food arena, including playing a key role in the development of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 (NLEA) and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA). Our clients also benefit from the expertise and insights of numerous former high-ranking FDA and FTC officials, including two former Chief Counsels of the FDA and the former Principal Deputy General Counsel and Acting General Counsel of the FTC.
Covington provides a full range of services to assist clients in all aspects of food and beverage product development, safety, labeling, and promotion. Our clients include major food trade associations as well as leading food and beverage companies, enabling us to understand the wide spectrum of issues of interest or concern to industry members and to help influence regulatory and legislative policy from a broad industry platform.
We advise our clients not only with respect to compliance with the legal requirements of the FDA, FTC, USDA, and applicable state and local laws, but also in a manner that minimizes the risk of private litigation. Where enforcement actions or litigation arise, our attorneys successfully represent clients before the FDA, FTC, NAD, and in litigation at the state and federal levels.