Joseph A. Levitt

Joseph A. Levitt

Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Email joseph.levitt@​

Phone +1 202 637 5759

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

"Joe brings a level of understanding about how the FDA thinks about a particular issue that is not replicable anywhere else."

Chambers USA 2017

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's former top food regulator, Joe Levitt brings a true insider's knowledge in helping clients successfully navigate complex industry regulation. Whether influencing policy making or confronting a threatened compliance action, Joe's 25 years of FDA experience puts clients in the best position to succeed.

Joe skillfully handles high-visibility recalls and compliance actions. If organizations find themselves in trouble with the FDA, they need someone with a deep insider's understanding of what works and what doesn't. Joe knows what the agency expects in the compliance arena and he can communicate a client's position calmly and effectively to the FDA so the matter is put behind them.

On behalf of the food industry, Joe was on the ground floor when Congress developed the landmark FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). He was also a leading voice for the food industry when the FDA developed regulations that all food companies must now follow. Joe and his team know how to guide clients through the labyrinth of FDA's FSMA regulations to ensure that they are as prepared as possible for a FSMA inspection by the FDA.

Joe is among the most decorated officials in FDA history, with his achievements being recognized by multiple U.S. presidents, cabinet secretaries, and FDA Commissioners. He maintains close working relationships with senior FDA officials and has served as the Board Chair of the FDA Alumni Association.

Awards and recognitions


Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation (Nationwide)
Chambers USA


Food & Beverage MVP


FDA Alumni Association Founders Award


BTI Client Service All-Star
BTI Consulting Group


FDA Distinguished Alumni Award


FDA Equal Employment Opportunity Award


HHS Secretary's Certificate of Appreciation


Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award


FDLI Distinguished Service and Leadership Award

1991, 1999

Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award

1982, 1985, 1987, 1999

FDA Award of Merit


FDA Commissioner's Special Citation


HHS Secretary's Special Citation


HHS Distinguished Service Award


Public Health Service Superior Service Award

Education and admissions


J.D., Boston University School of Law, cum laude, 1978

B.A., Cornell University, magna cum laude, 1975


FDA Alumni Association (2007-2017) (Board Chair 2012-14)

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) (2005-10) (Board Chair 2007)

Food and Drug Law Institute (2004-05)

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


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