Food Safety Litigation

We help manufacturers navigate the regulatory landscape affecting the food, beverage and agriculture industries and provide solutions and resolution for high-exposure, technically complex cases.

Our Approach

Food manufacturers face increased exposure to safety and labeling claims.

The threat of litigation is constant. The food, beverage and agriculture industry are facing heightened public awareness, increasing regulation, import/export concerns and class actions.

We address national, regional and local cases, resolving hundreds of food safety matters and helping clients assess risk and minimize damages.

Clients turn to us for counsel on government and industry regulations and practices, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We also advise and defend clients on California’s Proposition 65 brought by private litigants and the State of California involving foods and dietary supplements.

We get you back to business fast, through early case assessment, case strategy, risk analysis, settlement and mediation strategies. Trial should be a last resort. And when it is the best course of action, we assess the risk, develop a strategy, defend aggressively and focus on a winning result.

With scientific, medical and technology backgrounds, we regularly handle cases involving emerging scientific theory, as well as novel legal considerations, such as misjoinder of claims and consumer fraud statutes.

We have successfully obtained favorable Daubert rulings and dismissals and have tried these types of cases to verdict.

Who we work with

  • Manufacturers of branded consumer packaged goods (food and beverage)
  • Agribusinesses
  • Retail entities including grocery chains, bakeries and coffee shops
  • Restaurants and franchises


Joseph J. Ortego

Chief Diversity Officer
Vice-chair, Litigation Department
Chair, NP Trial®
Leader, Aviation

Phone: 212-940-3045

Vivian M. Quinn

Deputy Practice Group Leader, Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation
Co-leader, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness

Phone: 716-853-8134

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