People

Fred Degnan specializes in matters concerning food law. A partner in our FDA practice and a former FDA counsel, Fred has represented clients in a wide array of food safety and related issues.

With more than 11 years in the Chief Counsel's Office at the Food and Drug Administration and 30 years at King & Spalding, Fred brings a wealth of experience to food industry clients. He has represented companies ranging from large multinational food companies and domestic food producers to international science-based nonprofit associations. Matters include food safety, biotechnology, good manufacturing practices, food labeling, and regulatory inspections and enforcement.

In addition to his responsibilities at King & Spalding, from 1989 through 2010 Fred served as The Distinguished Lecturer of Food and Drug Law at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. He has written and lectured extensively on FDA-related issues and is the author of the book FDA's Creative Application of the Law (Second Edition, 2006), a consideration of FDA's implementation of its statutory authority to adapt to the demands of modern regulation.

While at FDA, Fred received the agency's highest awards. Fred served as General Counsel (1998–2009) and Chair (2010–2011) of the Food and Drug Law Institute and in 2002 received FDLI's Distinguished Leadership Award. Since 2008, he has received Chambers USA's highest ranking (Band 1) and recognition as one of the nation's top 3 to 4 food and beverage lawyers. He has also been consistently recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and by LMG Life Sciences as a leading food and drug lawyer.

Full Bio

Credentials

J.D., Georgetown University

B.A., College of the Holy Cross, cum laude

District of Columbia

Virginia

The District of Columbia Bar

Virginia State Bar

Clients have praised Fred as "the perfect balance between expertise and client service."


Chambers USA

Fred has been praised by clients as seeing "issues from the point of view of FDA and the client."


Chambers USA

"A go-to guy for serious regulatory problems"


Chambers USA

"Superb, very experienced, very professional"


Chambers USA

"One of the most thoughtful and passionate advocates"


Chambers USA

"Always timely...and brilliant"


Chambers USA

"A positive force in the broader FDA ecosystem"


LMG

Icon close

Close

Recognition

Clients have praised Fred as "the perfect balance between expertise and client service."


Chambers USA

Fred has been praised by clients as seeing "issues from the point of view of FDA and the client."


Chambers USA

"A go-to guy for serious regulatory problems"


Chambers USA

"Superb, very experienced, very professional"


Chambers USA

"One of the most thoughtful and passionate advocates"


Chambers USA

"Always timely...and brilliant"


Chambers USA

"A positive force in the broader FDA ecosystem"


LMG

Matters

Transgenic Salmon: Assisted manufacturer of genetically modified animal in securing first of its kind FDA-approval.

Medical Foods: Provided comprehensive regulatory guidance to industry and public science associations regarding the key elements needed to ensure the lawful marketing of "medical foods" — a unique regulatory category of food that may, pursuant to key criteria and probative clinical substantiation, lawfully bear disease claims.

Human Clinical Trials Involving Food: Assisted major food producers and numerous independent researchers in addressing concerns raised by FDA regarding regulatory pathways for human clinical research on probiotic substances and other food components.

Icon close

Close

Matters

Transgenic Salmon: Assisted manufacturer of genetically modified animal in securing first of its kind FDA-approval.

Medical Foods: Provided comprehensive regulatory guidance to industry and public science associations regarding the key elements needed to ensure the lawful marketing of "medical foods" — a unique regulatory category of food that may, pursuant to key criteria and probative clinical substantiation, lawfully bear disease claims.

Human Clinical Trials Involving Food: Assisted major food producers and numerous independent researchers in addressing concerns raised by FDA regarding regulatory pathways for human clinical research on probiotic substances and other food components.

Matters

Transgenic Salmon: Assisted manufacturer of genetically modified animal in securing first of its kind FDA-approval.

Medical Foods: Provided comprehensive regulatory guidance to industry and public science associations regarding the key elements needed to ensure the lawful marketing of "medical foods" — a unique regulatory category of food that may, pursuant to key criteria and probative clinical substantiation, lawfully bear disease claims.

Human Clinical Trials Involving Food: Assisted major food producers and numerous independent researchers in addressing concerns raised by FDA regarding regulatory pathways for human clinical research on probiotic substances and other food components.

Icon close

Close

Matters

Transgenic Salmon: Assisted manufacturer of genetically modified animal in securing first of its kind FDA-approval.

Medical Foods: Provided comprehensive regulatory guidance to industry and public science associations regarding the key elements needed to ensure the lawful marketing of "medical foods" — a unique regulatory category of food that may, pursuant to key criteria and probative clinical substantiation, lawfully bear disease claims.

Human Clinical Trials Involving Food: Assisted major food producers and numerous independent researchers in addressing concerns raised by FDA regarding regulatory pathways for human clinical research on probiotic substances and other food components.

Credentials

J.D., Georgetown University

B.A., College of the Holy Cross, cum laude

District of Columbia

Virginia

The District of Columbia Bar

Virginia State Bar

Clients have praised Fred as "the perfect balance between expertise and client service."


Chambers USA

Fred has been praised by clients as seeing "issues from the point of view of FDA and the client."


Chambers USA

"A go-to guy for serious regulatory problems"


Chambers USA

"Superb, very experienced, very professional"


Chambers USA

"One of the most thoughtful and passionate advocates"


Chambers USA

"Always timely...and brilliant"


Chambers USA

"A positive force in the broader FDA ecosystem"


LMG

Icon close

Close

Recognition

Clients have praised Fred as "the perfect balance between expertise and client service."


Chambers USA

Fred has been praised by clients as seeing "issues from the point of view of FDA and the client."


Chambers USA

"A go-to guy for serious regulatory problems"


Chambers USA

"Superb, very experienced, very professional"


Chambers USA

"One of the most thoughtful and passionate advocates"


Chambers USA

"Always timely...and brilliant"


Chambers USA

"A positive force in the broader FDA ecosystem"


LMG