Why Attend?

Last Year’s Agenda
Location & CLE

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

FDLI and the Conference Planning Committee thanks those who participated in the Call for Proposals this fall. The input received from industry stakeholders helps us plan a timely program. If you submitted a proposal, you will be notified of the status of your proposal in late January.

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


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Planning Committee



James Czaban
Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US)

Adora Ndu
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Policy, Research, Engagement (PRE) & Reg International, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.


Wade Ackerman, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
David Bloch, Principal Legal Counsel, Corporate Legal Regulatory, Medtronic
Jeff Chasnow, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Pfizer, Inc.
Sandra Eskin, Project Director, Food Safety, Pew Charitable Trusts
Azim Chowdhury, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
Kathleen Hoke, Professor & Director, Network for Public Health Policy and Center for Tobacco Regulation, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
Jonathan Havens, Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Erika Lietzan, Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
John A. Murphy, Deputy General Counsel, Biotechnology Innovation Organization 
Meredith Olearchik, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property, Marketing and Food Law, Campbell Soup Company
Suzan Onel, Partner, Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker LLP
Stuart Pape, Shareholder, Polsinelli
Lauren Roth, Acting Associate Commissioner for Policy, Office of the Commissioner, FDA
Deborah Shelton, Partner, Arent Fox LLP
David Spangler, Senior Vice President, Policy and General Counsel, Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA)
Marta Villaraga, Principal, Exponent, Inc.
Armando Zamora, Acting Deputy Director of ORA’s Office of Planning and Policy, FDA

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.