Maile Gradison

Maile Gradison

Washington, D.C.

Email maile.gradison@​

Phone +1 202 637 5428

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

"Rising star Maile Hermida is praised for her 'deep understanding of the FSMA.'"

Chambers USA 2015

When it comes to solving the challenges facing the food industry and their trade associations, Maile Gradison handles it all.

She has considerable experience with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), having worked with numerous companies and trade associations on all aspects of the law since the day it was signed. She translates her in-depth knowledge of FSMA into practical solutions for companies working on implementation strategies. She also frequently presents trainings related to FSMA compliance and preparedness. Reflecting her deep involvement with all things FSMA, Maile is a Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Lead Instructor for the Preventive Controls for Human Food training and an FSPCA Trainer of Trainers and Lead Instructor for the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) training.

Maile is known for helping companies become and remain compliant with regulations overseen by federal agencies such as the FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). She helps companies navigate tough situations involving product recalls, government inspections, and other enforcement actions such as Warning Letters and import detentions.

Maile also provides clients with advice on public policy issues and strategies for affecting regulatory change. She has vast experience advocating to FDA, including preparing comments on agency rulemakings.

Additionally, Maile helps clients with food labeling requirements and development of label and advertising claims.

Maile is a frequent speaker and contributor to industry publications. Prior to joining us, she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Charles F. Lettow of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Maile graduated with high honors from The George Washington University Law School, where she served as executive editor of The George Washington Law Review.

Awards and recognitions


Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation (Nationwide), Associate to Watch
Chambers USA


Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation (Nationwide), Up and Coming
Chambers USA


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

Education and admissions


J.D., The George Washington University Law School, with high honors; Order of the Coif, 2007

B.S., Tulane University, summa cum laude, 2004

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Related knowledge

Supply Chain Support

Representative experience

Counseled companies and trade associations on the requirements under FSMA final rules.

Developed FSMA implementation strategies for major multinational food companies.

Prepared responses to Warning Letters and 483s.

Advised on product and claims development.

Advised on advertising substantiation requirements.

Prepared dozens of comments for companies and trade associations on FSMA rulemakings.

Helped food companies navigate recalls.

Delivered training sessions at clients' corporate quality and food safety meetings.

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