Ricardo Carvajal, Hyman Phelps & McNamara, P.C. / Washington, DC
Ricardo Carvajal provides FDA and FTC regulatory counseling and litigation support to manufacturers and marketers of foods (including dietary supplements and medical foods), cosmetics, and OTC drugs. He has substantial experience with all food and dietary supplement issues, including recalls, Reportable Food Registry issues, and GMP and HACCP compliance issues. He also has substantial experience with labeling and advertising issues, including those that arise from the use of health, nutrient content, structure/function, and disease claims. He has particular expertise in the regulation of products derived through biotechnology and nanotechnology. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Carvajal served as Associate Chief Counsel in FDA’s Office of Chief Counsel, where his work was recognized with several individual and team awards. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Food and Drug Law Institute Monographs, and served as Chair of the Public Policy Outreach and Implementation Task Force of the Institute of Food Technologists.
Brian J. Donato, Hyman Phelps & McNamara, P.C. Washington, DC
Before joining Hyman, Phelps & McNamara in 1991, Brian Donato practiced law in firms he founded in Virginia and in Florida. In the period from 1976 to 1980, he served as General District Court Judge for Albemarle County, Virginia. He was Chief Judge for all of the General District Courts in the Sixteenth Judicial District of Virginia for the years 1978 and 1979. He was appointed to the position of Lecturer at the University of Virginia Law School for 1978 through 1988, and since 1982 has been a faculty member at the University’s annual National Trial Advocacy College. He is the recipient of an FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation for his work in helping FDA communicate with members of the regulated industries. He is also the recipient of awards from FDLI, RAPS and The Orange County Regulatory Affairs Discussion Group. In January of 2001, he received The William J. Brennan, Jr. Award from The National Trial Advocacy College for his efforts in teaching trial tactics and techniques.