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Faegre Baker Daniels is an international law firm dedicated to serving the legal needs of local, national and international businesses. From offices in the United States, United Kingdom and China, our more than 800 legal and consulting professionals provide the depth and breadth of expertise necessary to solve complex business challenges. With roots dating back to 1863, our firm is one of the 100 largest law firms headquartered in the U.S. From U.S. locations in Boulder, Denver, Chicago, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, South Bend, Des Moines, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. to international locations in Beijing, Shanghai and London, we serve clients in every U.S. state and more than 100 countries.

Washington, D.C. - FaegreBD Consulting
Some situations call for expertise that extends beyond legal advice. Based in Washington, D.C., FaegreBD Consulting is our national advisory and advocacy division that integrates public policy efforts with the rest of the firm's legal services. Focus areas are: Federal Affairs and Advocacy, Strategic Positioning & Alliance Formation, Federal Funding, and Regulatory Affairs. Members of the team have worked for various federal agencies, congressional leadership and committees, and in-house with global enterprises and institutions.  We offer a wide variety of services to companies throughout the supply chain seeking to comply with U.S. food safety requirements, including regulations resulting from the passage of the 2011 Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Anchored by professionals with significant federal agency and congressional experience in food safety regulations and legislation, FaegreBD Consulting provides various federal affairs and business consulting services.

Food Litigation and Regulatory Practice
Faegre Baker Daniels food regulatory and litigation practice is nationally ranked by Chambers USA - a distinction awarded to only eight firms in the U.S.  Our firm represents many of the world's leading food, feed and dietary supplement manufacturers, distributors and retailers in litigation arising from recalls and foodborne illness outbreaks, consumer fraud class actions, labeling challenges and supply chain disputes. In so doing, we have acquired specialized knowledge of the litigation issues unique to the food industry. With a unique combination of regulatory and litigation expertise, Faegre Baker Daniels offers top-tier, highly-focused regulatory and counseling services to food and dietary supplement companies across the country. These industries face distinctive challenges, and our lawyers have developed deep experience and knowledge in the most recent regulatory issues, technologies and industry practices.

Food & Agriculture Industry Focus
Our work in the food industry is supported by our national, firm wide food and agriculture industry group. As legal advisers to many of the world's leading food and agriculture companies, Faegre Baker Daniels lawyers have industry-specific knowledge in core areas important to these businesses. To leverage that knowledge effectively for clients, Faegre Baker Daniels offers a focused team of more than 150 lawyers. Through the Faegre Baker Daniels food and agriculture team, clients have a single source for comprehensive domestic and international legal representation from lawyers who understand these industries.  The food and agriculture industry practice is organized in the way companies organize their businesses. Our lawyers are designated as leaders of business segment areas and their primary role is to be deeply entrenched in your industry. Our business segments are supported by our legal practice areas and include: food litigation/regulatory, agriculture litigation, employment/immigration, antitrust, corporate, finance, real estate, construction, intellectual property, environmental, and international.

Team Leaders:

Kim Walker, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels, Head of the firm's Food & Agriculture Industry Group, Outside General Counsel for the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association. Kim focuses his national practice in the food, agribusiness litigation and antitrust areas. He is also a leader in the firm's food litigation and regulatory practice, which is ranked nationally in Chambers USA 2012.

Elizabeth Wroe, Vice President, FaegreBD Consulting. Elizabeth Wroe is a member of the firm's health and life sciences team where she provides strategic counsel on matters related to federal government action. She advocates for clients on Capitol Hill and with the Executive Branch, as well as other stakeholders, by developing and executing public policy solutions to the complex regulatory and policy challenges facing the health and life sciences industries. She was part of the Congressional Team that drafted the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Sarah Brew, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels, Leader of the Food Litigation/Regulatory Practice. Sarah has a national reputation for effectively representing food processors, distributors and retailers in foodborne illness and contamination cases, defending them against product liability, labeling and class action claims and representing them in complex commercial litigation and supply chain disputes. 

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Presidents Conference

The IFMA Presidents Conference is the place “Where Leaders Meet.” The 54th annual premier top-to-top forum, co-hosted by the NRA and IFDA, brings together influential leaders of foodservice from the operator, manufacturer and distributor communities.

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Washington Insights Update

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FaegreBD Consulting provides a perspective from Washington D.C. on the developments in public policy relevant to foodservice.

September Update on Key Topics and Priority Issues

During the September 24th Washington Insights Committee meeting, the following topics and issues were discussed.

June Update on Key Topics and Priority Issues

During the June 18th Washington Insights Committee meeting, the following topics and issues were discussed.