Food, Beverage & Dietary Supplements


The attorneys who comprise Ulmer’s Food, Beverage & Dietary Supplements Group are versed in navigating the complex regulatory frameworks that apply to myriad products within this industry sector. Businesses operating in the food, beverage and related consumer products industries face ever evolving legal challenges in a hyper-competitive market. Whether related to labeling compliance, marketing and claims review or product safety, our attorneys help clients achieve their business goals while managing regulatory and litigation risks.

Our familiarity with the inner workings of the various regulatory agencies enables us to guide our clients in developing effective strategies for product development, marketing and promotion, product distribution, and product recalls. We provide complete, multifaceted counsel to our clients within this space, handling all applicable legal matters, including: Product Liability; Intellectual Property; Environmental; Business Litigation; Regulatory Compliance; Corporate Governance; and Labor & Employment.

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Shawn J. Gebhardt has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Chicagoland Food Science Foundation (CFSF), a nonprofit organization that works to raise funds for and award scholarships to students intending to work in the food industry. CFSF’s mission is...

Meat remains a staple of the American diet. But, despite the joys of a crispy piece of bacon, traditional meat production methods have several drawbacks. Raising cattle or poultry is resource-intensive. It creates a lot of, shall we say, unpleasant waste. Consumers are increasingly concerned about the treatment and welfare...

On July 10, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., issued a significant opinion examining when food manufacturers accused of improperly using “non-functional slack fill” may be subject to class action litigation. See In Re: McCormick & Company, Inc., Pepper Products Marketing and Sales Practices Litig., MDL No. 2665, Misc. No. 15-1825...

Ulmer Counsel Shawn J. Gebhardt recently published an article in Food Manufacturing entitled, “Organic Labeling Litigation: What to Watch for in 2019.” In the article, Gebhardt outlines what strategies he expects to see from the plaintiffs’ bar in organic labeling lawsuits. To access the article, click here.

Ulmer Counsel Shawn J. Gebhardt was recently quoted in Law360’s “Food & Beverage Cases To Watch In 2019.” Gebhardt provided his thoughts on the cases against General Mills and Kellogg’s that allege the companies’ cereal products contain trace amounts of the pesticide glyphosate. To read the article, click here.

Ulmer & Berne LLP is proud to announce that Partner Joseph P. Thomas will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018 from the Chase Alumni Association of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. “Joe has an incredible ability to defend our clients in matters that are complex...

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