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Peter Hutt
Peter Barton Hutt
Senior Counsel
Washington +1 202 662 5522 Download V-card

Peter Barton Hutt is a senior counsel in the Washington, DC law firm of Covington & Burling LLP, specializing in Food and Drug Law. He began his law practice with the firm in 1960 and, except for his four years in the government, has continued at the firm ever since.

From 1971 to 1975 Mr. Hutt was Chief Counsel for the Food and Drug Administration. He was twice asked to become the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health -- in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1973 by Assistant Secretary Charles C. Edwards and in the Department of Health and Human Services in 1986 by Assistant Secretary Robert E. Windom -- but he declined both offers. In 2001, Mr. Hutt’s name was informally forwarded by the Bush Administration to Senator Edward Kennedy, then the Chair of the Senate HELP Committee, for consideration as the Commissioner of Food and Drugs. Senator Kennedy blocked the nomination by refusing to hold a confirmation hearing, on the ground that he would never hold a hearing for that position for anyone who has advised and represented the regulated industry. In 2005, following Mark McClellan’s and Lester Crawford’s tenures as FDA Commissioner, Mr. Hutt’s name was again informally discussed for consideration as the Commissioner of Food and Drugs. Senator Kennedy was no longer Chair of the HELP Committee but he again succeeded in blocking any potential nomination by threatening an all-out opposition for the same reason. More recently, Mr. Hutt was under consideration as FDA Commissioner by the Trump Administration. He was one of the three final candidates, but he was not selected.

  • Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (2016)
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers, Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation (2014-2017), Healthcare: Pharmaceutical/Medical Products Regulatory (2014-2017) 
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, FDA (2007-2017)