Gary Jay Kushner has been a food industry lawyer for more than 30 years. He represents trade associations and corporations before government agencies, Congressional committees, and the courts in a variety of matters. Gary has particular experience with the development, interpretation, and enforcement of laws and regulations governing food production, processing, and distribution throughout the United States and internationally. He also serves as general counsel to a number of national associations.
As counsel to trade associations and companies involved in the public policy arena, Gary analyzes legislation introduced in Congress and state legislatures, as well as regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and other federal and state government agencies. He routinely evaluates their impact on the food industry from farm to table, and prepares amendments, testimony, and comments on such initiatives. He anticipates how laws and regulations might be changed to facilitate the marketing of food products.
Before joining Hogan & Hartson, Gary served as Vice President and General Counsel for the American Meat Institute where he directed the organization's legal, regulatory, and legislative activities. Before first entering the private practice of law, he served as Staff Counsel for Scientific Affairs at the Grocery Manufacturers of America. He began his legal career as a law clerk to The Honorable John R. Hess in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.
Gary is a frequent lecturer and regularly contributes to numerous trade publications. He is co-author of A Guide to Federal Food Labeling Requirements, prepared for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1990; HACCP Management Manual: A Guide to Food Regulatory Compliance, published by Food Chemical News, Washington, D.C., 1996; and Summary of Law on Warranties and Disclaimers in the Sale of Seed, published by the American Seed Trade Association, Washington, D.C., 1996.
Elizabeth Fawell practices in the area of food and agriculture law with specific focus on the regulation of foods, dietary supplements, and consumer products, as well as advertising and promotion issues. She represents clients regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and other health and safety regulatory agencies at both the federal and state levels. Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson, Elizabeth was a legislative assistant with the Office of Congresswoman Anne M. Northup. Previously, she was an English teacher with Foshan Yi Zhong Xue.