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Miriam Guggenheim, co-chair of Covington’s Food, Drug & Device Practice Group, assists a broad range of major food and dietary supplement companies in achieving their marketing goals while minimizing regulatory and litigation risks. She also helps clients successfully navigate crises such as recalls and unwanted Congressional or regulatory attention. In addition to her work for individual clients, Ms. Guggenheim serves as outside counsel to a number of key trade associations, helping them accomplish broad industry objectives by engaging with the FDA, FTC, and Congress.

  • Successfully petitioned FDA for an exemption from the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) hazard analysis and preventive controls requirements for most warehouses and distribution facilities.
  • Counseled numerous clients through recalls and market withdrawals, including on a global scale, to minimize business disruption, cost, and damage to brands.
  • Advises clients on GMO labeling and claims, including with respect to new federal legislation and consumer fraud litigation risks.
  • Prepared submissions to FDA, the U.S. Congress, and local legislative bodies that documented the safety of caffeine in food and beverages and helped stave off restrictions on caffeinated products.
  • Provided regulatory advice and due diligence on a multi-billion-dollar acquisition of a major dietary supplement company, and on many other mergers and acquisitions in the food and dietary supplement sectors.
  • Provided strategic regulatory support in numerous food litigation matters.
  • Drafted influential amicus brief in FTC contempt proceeding against a major dietary supplement marketer.
  • Advised restaurant and food company clients regarding the new federal menu labeling requirements.   
  • Provided strategic counseling to food and dietary supplement companies receiving warning letters from FDA, and drafted responses to such letters that succeeded in averting further enforcement action.
  • Provided regulatory and public health policy guidance regarding the development of a number of new food and dietary supplement products, from formulation to labeling, marketing, and website design.
  • Advised clients regarding issues relating to marketing to children and prepared responses to FTC and CARU inquiries regarding such marketing.
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers, Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation (2012-2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America, FDA Law (2016-2019)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, FDA (2014-2019)