The premier conference for the food and drug law community, the FDLI Annual Conference addresses complex legal, regulatory, compliance, and policy issues in all facets of the FDA-regulated industry. The two-day event provides in-depth discussions and analyses on a wide variety of timely topics by bringing together experts from the federal government, industry, the private bar, non-profits, patient and consumer advocates, consulting organizations, and academia.

Conference Highlights: 

  • Hear FDA’s 2020 strategic priorities directly from the FDA Commissioner, Chief Counsel, Center Directors, and other key leaders within the Agency
  • Join 900 high-level colleagues in food and drug law to hear different viewpoints, shape policy, and advance understanding
  • Select from nearly 30 breakout sessions covering the latest in legal, regulatory, compliance, policy, marketing, and related issues
  • Learn from more than 100 well-known officials and experts
  • Hear about the Top Cases in Food and Drug Law
  • Network and build relationships with seasoned law, regulatory, compliance, marketing/advertising, and management professionals

Call For Proposals

The Conference addresses the latest issues in legal, regulatory, compliance, policy, and marketing in all facets of the food and drug law industry. In-depth discussions and analyses will cover a wide variety of timely topics that impact the food and drug law community from not only the FDA perspective, but also other agencies that have a role in regulating these industries.  

What are cutting-edge issues affecting your industry or clients? We invite you to help build the program by submitting a topic you would like to see addressed during the Conference. Advanced topics are encouraged. We welcome multiple submissions from one submitter and/or organization – please fill out a form for each topic you would like to submit. Your time and input are appreciated.

Proposal Submission Timeline

  • September 12: Call for Proposals opens
  • November 1: Call for Proposals closes.
  • Late-January: Those who submitted proposals will be notified of their submission’s status.


  • Speaking opportunities are generally reserved for FDLI members.
  • Please keep in mind all submissions will be treated as recommendations, and proposals may be modified or combined to best suit the needs of our audience.
  • All submissions must be received through the submission portal.
Submit Your Proposal

Register by February 27 and SAVE!

Industry & Firms

  • +$500 for non-members
  • +$200 after 2/27/2020
  • +$100 after 4/2/2020


  • +$200 for non-members
  • +$200 after 2/27/2020
  • +$100 after 4/2/2020


  • +$200 for non-members
  • +$200 after 2/27/2020
  • +$100 after 4/2/2020


  • +$200 for non-members
  • +$200 after 2/27/2020
  • +$100 after 4/2/2020


  • full-time students only
  • transcripts required
  • student registration
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Does Your FDLI Membership Qualify You for a Complimentary or Discounted Registration?

Member manufacturers, suppliers and distributors with more than $1 billion in sales as well as member law firms get one complimentary registration as part of their annual membership dues. Member manufacturers, suppliers and distributors with less than $1 billion in sales get one registration at 50% off as part of their annual membership dues. To take advantage of these opportunities, please contact us.

To ensure that FDLI is able to provide you with a seat, materials, and meals, please register for programs at least 48 hours in advance. While onsite registration is available on a “space-available” basis; late registrants are not guaranteed materials or meals.

You can transfer your registration to another person at your organization for no cost by notifying us of the change. If you notify FDLI in writing at least five business days prior to the meeting, you can cancel your registration for a full refund (less a $75 fee). Refunds will be applied against the original form of payment.  

Our event policies are listed here. If you should have any further questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 800-956-6293.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please let us know if you would like more information



A preliminary agenda will be announced by late January, 2020. If you would like to be notified when the agenda is posted, please let us know.

Planning Committee


James Czaban
Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US)

Adora Ndu
Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

Continuing Legal Education

FDLI applies for CLE credits in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. These CLE approvals may also be honored by other states; please check with your bar association for guidance. The CLE credits will be posted as they are granted and you can request to be notified when approval is received.

Location and Overnight Accommodations

Conference Location

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

Overnight Accommodations 

Reserve your room at the JW Marriott at the special group rate of $339/night, not inclusive of taxes. The JW Marriott in a short walk from the Ronald Reagan Building. Room reservations can be made online to take advantage of our special group rate. The cut-off date is April 14, 2020. After the cut-off date, it is at the hotel’s discretion whether to accept additional reservations, which will be subject to prevailing rates and availability.

Parking and Public Transportation

Business attire is suggested, and some meeting rooms may have cooler temperatures.

Please contact the Conference Department with any accessibility requirements or dietary restrictions, or for other questions.