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Gary Jay Kushner


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.

Gary also represents food companies including manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in matters involving regulatory compliance. He advises them on labeling and advertising regulation; counsels them in product recalls, seizures, detention, government inspections, and related actions; and represents them in enforcement actions before government agencies and law enforcement bodies.

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.

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