Food Industry Expertise

As the leader of the firm's food industry practice, Lori has a passion for the industry and for helping clients in this area grow their businesses and manage business risks. Lori leads a team with a breadth of industry-specific experience, which includes assisting clients in understanding regulations set forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other federal, state and local regulatory and rule-making bodies governing the industry. This experience also extends to related litigation, contract advice and preparation, and issues involving intellectual property.

The value our firm brings to these clients lies in the firm’s cross-disciplinary approach to work, bringing together seasoned attorneys from various backgrounds to create a synergy of work experience and practice expertise. This allows our attorneys to present a broad, yet focused, range of perspectives that they leverage to help our food industry clients. Lori and the Kegler Brown team partner with food industry clients on a range of issues affecting their businesses, including:

  • Business and growth strategy: negotiation of food manufacturing and supply agreements; negotiation of distribution agreements; management of multi-unit lease portfolios; capital raising
  • Regulatory counsel: analysis and advice regarding federal, state and local regulations governing the food industry; registration of foreign producers with the FDA; product recalls counseling; internal investigations
  • Risk management: compliance with Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA); false advertising claims under the FTC’s Lanham Act; best practices for compliance with FTC “Green Guides;” public reputation strategies, crisis management and emergency response
  • Litigation: contracts and business tort litigation with suppliers and customers; defense of class actions and consumer products liability claims; supply chain litigation related to adulterated products; antitrust and anti-dumping litigation related to food additives
  • Intellectual property: product labeling; packaging; expiration dates; IP litigation; global brand protection; commercialization partnerships
  • Employment counseling and litigation: defense of FLSA collective actions; defense of claims involving discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination
  • Franchise issues: federal and state regulatory compliance; franchise litigation