2022 Speakers

Tsan Abrahamson

Cobalt LLP

Tsan Abrahamson’s practice focuses on strategic counseling in the areas of social media, sweepstakes, intellectual property, advertising, trademark clearance, trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing, and other business transactions. She also manages the adverse proceedings practice at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Tsan has an extensive practice in the area of marketing promotions, including social media promotions, such as on Facebook and Twitter, gift card and gift certificate marketing, print and online sweepstakes, contests, give-aways, warranties, rebates, and coupon promotions. She also advises on corresponding privacy issues related thereto.
Tsan’s advertising practice includes working with regulatory agencies to comply with federal guidelines, including new FTC guidelines regarding affiliate marketing, CAN-SPAM. and the Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act. She also advises on ad campaigns, including script review, storyboard clearance, and network media placement.

Jasmeet K. Ahuja

Counsel, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Jasmeet K. Ahuja is the Hogan Lovells firm’s lead New York and Pennsylvania litigator when complex matters of data privacy and protection result in class action litigation and regulatory enforcement.

As an engineer with years spent working in the heart of our government's national security apparatus, Jasmeet brings both substantive and practical experience to her practice counseling clients, calmly steering them through their most vulnerable moments.

From navigating the difficult terrain that follows a cyber security incident to advising on the development of secure software applications, Jasmeet works with start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike. She also counsels companies facing complex antitrust investigations, leveraging her background in government to proactively advise clients on the most efficient way to address regulator questions. When litigation is unavoidable, Jasmeet stands ready to be an advocate and problem-solver.

On the pro bono side, Jasmeet has worked closely with local and state governments on gun regulation reform and immigrant rights, playing a key role in the landmark City of Philadelphia v. Attorney General of the United States of America case.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Jasmeet clerked for the Honorable Kent A. Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and for the Honorable Mary A. McLaughlin of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and served as a federal criminal prosecutor. Earlier in her career, she spent almost a decade in public service at the Department of State, the Pentagon, and the House of Representatives, developing U.S. defense and foreign relations policy with a focus on defense technology.

Steven Armstrong

Senior Regulatory Advisor, Haynes and Boone, LLP

Steve Armstrong is a senior regulatory advisor with more than 20 years of experience advising leading consumer products companies on marketing and regulatory matters. Steve has served as the chief food law counsel at Campbell Soup Company, where he counseled Campbell businesses on food safety, food policy, labeling and regulatory compliance, including matters involving FDA, USDA, and food agencies around the world. Steve also served as a marketing and regulatory counsel for Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive, and he enjoyed a brief career as a newspaper reporter and editor before going to law school.

Steve served on the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) board of directors from 2014 to 2017 and currently teaches food law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He frequently speaks on food law and policy issues and especially enjoys participating in FDLI events and writing for FDLI’s Update magazine. Steve earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and his law degree from Columbia University.

Sarah Brew

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Sarah Brew provides clients with a unique 360-degree perspective on the legal issues and risks facing food companies, coupled with practical business-sensitive advice. As one of the country’s leading food litigators, Sarah effectively defends food industry clients against consumer fraud class actions and represents food processors, distributors and retailers in foodborne illness cases and supply chain disputes arising from recalls and contaminated products. She is also a nationally known food regulatory lawyer, counseling clients across the gamut of regulations, compliance and enforcement actions. Sarah is nationally ranked by Chambers as a “USA Top Lawyer,” and she leads Faegre Drinker’s nationally ranked Food Litigation and Regulatory Practice.

Ashley Joyner Chavous

Special Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Ethics on May 24, 2022 11:10 AM

Ashley Joyner Chavous’s practice focuses on high-stakes criminal and civil enforcement matters, internal corporate investigations, and compliance counseling.

Ashley represents financial institutions, public companies, and senior executives in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other U.S. regulators. She has conducted internal investigations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and South America. She has represented companies and individuals in a variety of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement matters and regularly counsels clients facing difficult FCPA issues in various business contexts. With extensive experience handling diverse compliance and governance issues, Ashley assists clients across a wide range of industries with ant-corruption due diligence, and developing and implementing anti-corruption compliance programs.

Ashley has experience representing clients at all stages of litigation, from case inception through trial and appeal. She has argued motions before state and federal courts, and examined fact and expert witnesses at trial.

Veronica Colas

Counsel, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Veronica Colas counsels clients on the regulations and policy issues affecting food companies from farm to table.

Using her keen awareness of today's class action litigation environment, Veronica helps develop new products, label claims, and advertising materials. She has a deep understanding of both current and forthcoming food labeling and production requirements ranging from nutrition and menu labeling, to the regulatory issues surrounding bioengineered foods and organic food production.

Veronica provides clear advice and practical solutions for compliance with labeling, advertising, and safety regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Consumer Product Safety Commission. She has significant experience in helping clients navigate regulatory enforcement challenges, such as recalls, Warning Letters, import detentions, and investigations by the Federal Trade Commission. Veronica works closely with trade associations and food companies to craft comments and develop strategies in response to public policy issues such as agency rulemaking and nutrition policy. She represents all segments of the food industry, including manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, and food service companies.

She is a regular speaker and contributor to industry publications, including providing training sessions to corporate clients on Food Law 101, food labeling and marketing, and claim substantiation.

Eric J. Conn

Partner, Conn Maciel Carey

Eric J. Conn is a founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey and Chair of the firm’s national OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group. His practice focuses exclusively on issues involving occupational safety and health law.  Before launching his own OSHA Practice, Mr. Conn practiced for more than a decade alongside the former first General Counsel of the OSH Review Commission.

Mr. Conn and his OSHA Team at Conn Maciel Carey develop safety and health regulatory strategies for employers across all industries with a particular emphasis in:

  • Advising and representing clients in relation to inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and state and local regulators.

  • Managing the full range of litigation against OSHA, including appeals of citations, negotiations of settlements geared to minimize the impact of enforcement actions on wrongful death and personal injury civil cases, and trials before the OSH Review Commission.

  • Representing employers during U.S. Attorney criminal investigations and prosecutions of alleged OSH Act criminal violations.

  • Advising employers’ other attorneys in civil cases stemming from workplace accidents about the overlapping OSHA regulatory issues.

  • Counseling clients through catastrophic industrial, construction, and manufacturing workplace accidents, including explosions and chemical releases.

  • Developing and auditing safety programs and policies.

  • Providing workplace safety training and compliance counseling for employers.

Prior to founding Conn Maciel Carey, Mr. Conn was Head of an OSHA practice group that was honored as the “Occupational Health & Safety Law Firm of the Year” by Corporate INTL Magazine in its 2014 Global Awards. In 2013 and 2014, he was named a "Rising Star" by Washington, DC Super Lawyers, and as a Super Lawyer every year since.  He has also been selected for inclusion in the Washington Post's Top-Rated Lawyers list in Washington, DC.

Mr. Conn is a prolific writer on all topics OSHA related. He is the curator of Conn Maciel Carey’s award-winning OSHA Defense Report blog, and previously edited a popular OSHA law blog at another firm.  Mr. Conn has authored multiple chapters in OSHA treatises, including “OSHA Inspections” in the Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook, 2nd ed. (Gov’t. Institutes, 2008), and “Defending Against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Increasingly Severe Enforcement Practices” in Complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act: Leading Lawyers (Aspatore, Inside the Minds, 2012).

Mr. Conn is also a popular speaker on OSHA and related legal issues, including as the producer of Conn Maciel Carey’s annual OSHA Webinar Series, and regular keynotes trade group and industry conferences.  He is often quoted as a leader in the field in trade publications.

Mr. Conn created and curates the OSHA Defense Report Group on LinkedIn, and can be found on twitter as @OSHA_Guy.

Mr. Conn lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife, two young sons and baby girl.

Franco Corrado

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Franco A. Corrado represents clients facing a broad range of lawsuits, with a particular focus on complex business disputes and class action defense. His clients span across multiple industries, including the technology, retail, food and beverage, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and insurance sectors. Franco defends clients against consumer class actions related to deceptive trade practices, false advertising, product liability, and warranty claims in state and federal courts across the United States.

Elizabeth Fawell

Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Elizabeth has worked with every segment of the food industry, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, restaurants, and food service operators, as well as their trade associations.

Her work on behalf of food industry clients with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) since its inception and her understanding of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems provides her with the experience and perspective needed to counsel clients on how to comply with new requirements under the law. Elizabeth is also a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) and has completed the FSPCA PCQI training.

Elizabeth understands how laws, regulations, and guidance documents are developed, interpreted, and enforced. Her extensive knowledge enables clients to prevent or respond to enforcement actions such as Warning Letters, Import Alerts, and agency investigations. She helps clients in determining whether an RFR report is necessary and whether a recall is warranted. If so, she helps manage the recall to minimize business impacts.

Elizabeth provides real-time advice during factory inspections, helps clients prepare 483 responses, and drafts inspection manuals. She assists clients in lawfully and creatively promoting their products; such as the development of labels, claims, and website and promotional campaigns. Elizabeth also supports clients in advertising disputes and with responses to FTC and Attorney General investigations.

Elizabeth helps clients stay informed of and ahead of public policy issues and develops strategies for effective advocacy before regulators. She also counsels clients on compliance with Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) safety standards, testing and certification requirements, and reporting obligations.

Elizabeth is also a member of the Food and Dietary Supplements Committee of the Food and Drug Law Institute.

Maile Gradison

Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Maile Gradison is a Partner with Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC.  As a lawyer for the food industry, she has a deep understanding of the regulatory issues affecting food companies, from product development through production, distribution, and retail sale.  Maile also has considerable experience with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), including advising companies and trade associations on what FSMA requires, helping to develop compliance strategies, and providing strategic advice on public policy issues.  Her practice also focuses on enforcement and compliance matters, particularly involving recalls or following receipt of FDA Warning Letters. 

Jennifer Hatcher

Chief Public Policy Officer & Senior Vice President, Government Relations, FMI

Jennifer Hatcher serves as Chief Public Policy Officer and Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for FMI - the Food Industry Association, overseeing federal, state and regulatory efforts on public policy, legislative and political issues impacting the supermarket industry.  She has held this position since April 2009 and has been at FMI in the government relations area since March 1998. 

Prior to coming to FMI, Jennifer served as Chief of Staff to United States Congressman Spencer Bachus (AL).  Jennifer also served as Special Assistant and White House Liaison at the Department of the Treasury during President George H.W. Bush’s Administration.  Jennifer has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communication from Vanderbilt University and a Masters in Government from Johns Hopkins University.

Jennifer has participated in a variety of congressional briefings and panels and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Committee on Ways and Means and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Jackie E. Kalk

Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Jacqueline E. Kalk represents and counsels management clients in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction, crowd sourcing and virtual companies. Jacqueline’s practice encompasses a broad range of employment law matters, with a particular focus on independent contractor classification and wage and hour litigation and analysis. She litigates individual, class and collective claims of all types, appearing in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies on matters such as:Independent contractor classification, Wage and hour, Equal pay, Equal employment matters.

Jacqueline's expertise extends to counseling management on how to properly classify workers, avoid litigation and develop necessary policies and practices. She also has implemented training classes for employers in a wide variety of venues targeted at understanding the litigation process and avoiding litigation.

Molly Lane

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

With two decades of litigation experience, Molly Moriarty Lane defends clients in class action lawsuits in the healthcare, retail, technology, automotive, and financial sectors, with a particular emphasis on advising health insurers in US federal and California state courts. She also handles general commercial dispute litigation in these industries. Co-chair of the firm’s class action litigation practice, she counsels clients in every stage of the litigation cycle.

Peter M. Marta

Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Pete joined the Hogan Lovell firm's top-ranked Cybersecurity practice after serving as the global head of cybersecurity law at JPMorgan Chase, where he was head counsel to the firm's chief information security officer and its chief security officer. In that role, Pete counseled all levels of the organization, from its security operations centers to the boardroom. Prior to his corporate experience, Pete worked in the U.S. intelligence community and started his legal career as a corporate associate in another large international law firm.

Pete uses his multidisciplinary background to advise companies and boards on cyber and data risk management and governance, cyber incident preparedness and response, regulatory strategy, and government and internal investigations. The unique experience he gained in financial services and government enables Pete to help clients navigate the rapidly evolving cybersecurity threat landscape, understand what regulators and others expect, and find practical solutions.

Brooke Niedecken

Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Brooke E. Niedecken advises and represents clients in a broad range of labor and employment law matters, including both traditional labor law matters, as well as employment litigation and counseling. Her extensive experience in the public sector, as well as her in-house experience, provides her with invaluable perspective in representing clients, which include both private and publicly traded companies, from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Because of her experience and depth of knowledge, she is also co-chair of the firm’s Labor Practice where she helps guide firm strategy in this area.

Brooke appears regularly before state and federal courts and federal, state, and local agencies. She has extensive experience in matters involving the following:

  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • The Labor Management Relations Act
  • Title VII and state discrimination and harassment laws
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Unfair competition and trade secret laws

As a part of Brooke’s labor law practice, she assists global companies in developing labor relations strategies and human resource policies, and provides guidance both to employers who wish to remain union-free or who need to manage their union-represented workforce. She has successfully assisted employers with organizing campaigns across the country in a wide variety of industries including higher education, manufacturing, retail, automotive, and real estate.  In addition, Brooke regularly litigates unfair labor practice charges, and pre and post-election litigation matters. Brooke also counsels employers on strategic considerations relating to collective bargaining and labor relations and serves as principal spokesman for management in labor contract negotiations and has extensive experience in labor arbitration matters.

Brooke also provides preventative employer training and counseling to ensure legal compliance and in order to avoid litigation and to prepare for litigation when it is unavoidable. She regularly advises on day-to-day labor, employment and personnel matters and has helped employers draft employee handbooks and policies and develop employee incentives and programs. She has also served as temporary in-house counsel for two national companies where she oversaw labor and employment matters.

Prior to joining Littler, Brooke was an assistant city attorney for the City of Columbus where she focused on union-related matters. While attending law school, she served as an aide to Professor Morgan Shipman and an extern to the Hon. James L. Graham.

Brooke currently serves as Littler's Associate’s Committee representative for the Columbus, Ohio and Lexington, Kentucky offices, helping to guide and manage the offices’ associates.

Ashley Anguas Nyquist

Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Ethics on May 24, 2022 11:10 AM

Ashley Nyquist guides clients through their most sensitive, high-stakes matters, including government investigations, independent investigations, and internal investigations into issues posing enterprise-level risk.

Ashley regularly represents clients -- from the largest multi-national companies to individuals -- in connection with government and internal investigations into alleged fraud, corruption, and other criminal conduct or issues of regulatory concern. She has considerable experience navigating complex, multi-dimensional matters involving parallel criminal, civil, and reputational risks.

Ashley routinely handles highly sensitive reviews and investigations related to workplace misconduct and institutional culture, including:

  • Leading internal investigations for corporate and non-profit clients related to allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment, discrimination, and other misconduct by executives and other leaders;
  • Conducting independent investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct; and
  • Guiding clients through proactive workplace culture assessments designed to mitigate risk.

Ashley has worked with clients from a variety of sectors and industries, including technology, consumer products, food processing, financial services, life sciences, and education.

Ashley’s pro bono work includes representing individual criminal defendants in state court.

Before practicing law, Ashley taught high school English in rural China.

Jessica O’Connell

Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Ethics on May 24, 2022 11:10 AM

Drawing from more than a decade of experience both working at FDA and in private practice, Jessica O’Connell provides strategic advice to a broad range of companies and trade associations in engaging with food and drug regulatory bodies and Congress. She assists clients in complying with U.S. regulatory requirements for foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, OTC drugs, and animal products, and has specific expertise advising on FDA’s import and export requirements across all product categories. She also regularly counsels clients regarding potential crises, such as recalls, regulator investigations, and other unanticipated regulatory attention. Chambers USA reports that Jessica "is enthusiastic, exceptionally smart and a talented lawyer who brings tremendous insight from being a regulator" and that she "knows how best to interact with the FDA in a productive and efficient way."

Jessica works closely with clients to develop product strategies that are low-risk from both a regulatory and litigation perspective while also meeting marketing goals and objectives. She has engaged with Congress on cosmetic and drug legislative efforts and alternative meat and other food labeling requirements and has represented clients in both FDA and FTC investigations, including negotiating consent decrees, and in matters before the NAD. Jessica has specific expertise regarding the federal and state legal landscapes surrounding the development and marketing of products containing cannabidiol (CBD), the regulatory framework for alternative protein ingredients and products, Proposition 65, organic labeling, and claim substantiation requirements, as well as newly implemented manufacturing and supply chain requirements under FSMA.

Previously, Jessica served as an Associate Chief Counsel in FDA’s Office of Chief Counsel, until 2014. While at FDA, Jessica counseled various components of FDA and HHS on a broad range of legal issues, and including FDA’s implementation of FSMA and agency actions regarding product marketing claims and intended use, food additives and GRAS status, cosmetics and color additives, medical foods, and foodborne illness outbreaks and related actions, including recalls and other enforcement activities. In addition, Jessica provided legal counsel to the agency and Department regarding FDA’s import and export activities for all FDA-regulated products.

Michael J. Perry

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

 

Michael J. Perry is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP and a member of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Practice Group.

Mr. Perry represents clients in merger and non-merger related investigations before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, and complex private and government antitrust litigation.  His practice spans a variety of industries, including healthcare and life sciences, energy, and technology, and he is experienced in issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law. Mr. Perry has been named a leading antitrust practitioner by Chambers USAThe Legal 500Global Competition Review,  Law360 and Who’s Who Legal , described by Chambers as a “terrific lawyer who can translate complicated items into laymen’s terms.”

Mr. Perry previously served as Counsel to the Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition from 2015 to 2016 and as an attorney in the agency’s healthcare division.  During his tenure at the FTC, Mr. Perry played an integral role in many of the agency’s most significant antitrust enforcement actions, including FTC v. Actavis FTC v. Cephalon, FTC v. Sysco, and FTC v. St. Luke’s Health System.

Mr. Perry currently serves in the leadership of the Antitrust section of the American Bar Association as Senior Editor of the Antitrust Law Journal.  Before joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Perry was an antitrust partner at an international law firm.  He clerked for the Honorable Allyne R. Ross of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the Honorable Michael A. Chagares of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Mr. Perry received his law degree, with distinction, from Stanford University.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Wake Forest University.

Representative matters include: 

  • Representing Novartis’ Sandoz division in the In re Humira Antitrust Litigation putative class action (N.D. Ill.).
  • Represented DaVita in the FTC’s conditional approval of the acquisition of the University of Utah’s dialysis business.
  • Represented Merck in securing FTC clearance for its acquisition of Virbac’s Sentinel business and other strategic transactions.
  • Represented Indorama Ventures in securing global antitrust clearance for multiple strategic transactions, including its joint venture with other U.S. PET resin manufacturers and its acquisition of Huntsman’s integrated oxides and derivatives business.
  • Defended Arch Coal in the FTC’s challenge to its proposed joint venture with Peabody Energy to combine the companies’ U.S. thermal coal assets (E.D. Mo.).
  • Defended Valero Energy in the California Attorney General’s challenge to the proposed acquisition of Plains All American Pipeline’s Bay Area terminals (N.D. Cal.).
  • Represented RealPage in securing DOJ clearance for its acquisition of Lease Rent Options and related assets from the Rainmaker Group.
  • Defended Columbia University against antitrust claims involving digital television technology, obtaining dismissal on the pleadings (N.D.N.Y).
  • Represented Fujifilm in antitrust litigation and related actions relating to magnetic tape cartridges (S.D.N.Y.).

Representative publications and speaking engagements include:

  • “Antitrust Enforcement Policy for Cross-market Health Care Mergers: Legal Theories, Limiting Principles, and Practical Considerations,” Antitrust Law Journal (2020)
  • “Antitrust Issues with Biologics and Biosimilars in the U.S. and Europe,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law (March 2020)
  • “The First Cut is the Deepest: Use of Economics Before the Antitrust Agencies and the Courts,” Antitrust Magazine (Spring 2018)
  • “The FDA and FTC’s Increased Focus on Generic Drug Competition Signals Enhanced Attention to REMS Issues,” Antitrust Health Care Chronicle (April 2018)
  • “Antitrust Fundamentals for In-House Counsel,” Association of Corporate Counsel (May 2017)
  • “Pharmaceutical Antitrust Enforcement in the Trump Administration: Forecast Based on Past Administrations and Current Trends, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (March 2017)
  • “Patents, Antitrust and Pharma: Different Rules?,” Antitrust and Intellectual Property Conference, ABA Section of Antitrust Law (October 2015)
  • “Health Care Antitrust 101,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law (March 2015)
  • “State and Federal Enforcement in Non-reportable Transactions,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law (February 2015)
  • “After Actavis: FTC Update,” Intellectual Property Owners Association (January 2014)

Mr. Perry is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, California, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Alyssa Rebensdorf

Counsel, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Alyssa Rebensdorf leverages more than a decade of experience to help food industry clients solve litigation and regulatory challenges. She provides client-centered counsel during litigation in state and federal courts nationwide and advises clients on risk management and compliance to avoid litigation. She also helps clients, including entrepreneurial natural and organic food companies, sort through the many business issues faced by small and emerging companies, ranging from how to comply with product labeling regulations to effective contracting with suppliers.

Marc Roth

Partner, Colbalt LLP

Marc Roth is a partner with Cobalt LLP where he advises clients on all things advertising, marketing, promotions and privacy, having practiced in these areas for decades, in various capacities. He is a former Federal Trade Commission attorney and served as Chief Marketing Counsel for a Time Warner subsidiary.  He is a frequent speaker and author on marketing, privacy and technology law.  He is recognized by Chambers and Best Lawyers US as a leading lawyer in national advertising and transactional law. 

Leslie G. Sarasin

President and CEO, FMI

Leslie G. Sarasin is the president and chief executive officer of  FMI, the food industry association, which represents more than 1,500 member companies in the United States and around the world. Under Sarasin's leadership, FMI has become a forward focused and member centered organization committed to help supermarkets excel in their role of feeding families and enriching lives. Her synergistic style and determined spirit of collaboration has infused FMI with a renewed commitment to help its members address the critical industry issues of the day - food safety and the emerging importance of health and wellness. Prior to coming to FMI, Sarasin was president and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute.

Mark Schneider

Shareholder, Co-Chair, Traditional Labor Practice Group, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Mark W. Schneider focuses his international practice on representing management in all phases of labor law and labor relations before the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, as well as other State and Federal agencies. Mark regularly assists domestic and multi-national companies with strategic planning, negotiates labor contracts, litigates labor arbitration, matters before the National Labor Relations Board, and assists in development and implementation of positive employee relations programs. Mark speaks nationally and conducts training for employer groups and trade organizations, including the Society for Human Resource Management, the Food Marketing Institute, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, as well as other trade associations and private industry. In addition, he has been a lecturer on labor law for the Graduate School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has taught labor law for the State Bar of Wisconsin. Currently, Mark serves as co-chair of the firm's Traditional Labor Practice Group, and is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Jessica Shaw

Conference Chair & Senior Attorney, Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Suzie Trigg

Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP

As co-chair of the Food, Beverage and Restaurant Practice Group, Suzie Trigg leads Haynes Boone’s team of business-focused FDA attorneys who serve as trusted advisors who generate practical solutions to prevent problems, reduce risk, or provide course-correction.

Suzie helps companies lawfully market FDA regulated consumer products, including foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and over-the-counter drugs. She reviews the use of specific ingredients and product claims to reduce potential challenges. Suzie also frequently advises on strategies intended to reduce the risk of a product recall or potential enforcement.

In addition to providing prevention-focused regulatory guidance, Suzie leads a range of sophisticated commercial transactions. She helps retailers, restaurant chains, and consumer products companies to structure, negotiate, and document transactions, tackle critical supply-chain challenges, and pursue strategic growth opportunities. She also provides focused support for securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

Suzie’s recent work also includes:

  • Preparing and implementing supplier standards and supply chain agreements for multiple global restaurant chains and large retailers
  • Performing preventive gap analyses and analyzing specific events to determine FDA regulatory obligations and to chart a long-term course of action to correct and prevent re-occurrence
  • Developing and negotiating commercial agreements and quality agreements for the manufacture, supply, and distribution of both branded and private-label foods, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and over-the-counter drugs
  • Facilitating investigations and analyses of potential product concerns, including allegations of a foodborne illness outbreak and other potential food safety concerns

Suzie has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in food and drug law by Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) since 2016. She was also recognized as one of D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas” (D Magazine Partners) in 2018 and 2020. Suzie also served as co-chair of our Healthcare and Life Sciences Group from 2018-2021.

Tyler Young

Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Tyler Young focuses on defending food and beverage companies in consumer fraud class actions and complex litigation. Tyler has handled the full range of consumer fraud class actions that food companies face—everything from cases about nutrient content and flavor claims to sustainability and animal welfare claims. Tyler applies his regulatory knowledge, class action expertise, and practical judgment to craft winning litigation strategies. In addition to consumer fraud class actions, Tyler represents food and beverage companies in a wide variety of litigation matters, including disputes with activist non-profit groups, disputes with vendors and suppliers, government investigations, and litigations related to product recalls. Tyler has been recognized as  “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers every year since 2017.