The Official Legal & Regulatory Sponsor of SupplySide West & Food ingredients North America

Because the evolving legal and regulatory landscape affects our industry in unprecedented ways, SupplySide West & Food ingredients North America has partnered with Venable LLP to provide you with an opportunity to sit down with one of their attorneys in a one-on-one meeting to discuss the legal issues facing your business.

To participate, submit the “Venable Request for Consultation” form below to ask questions about such issues as regulatory challenges, intellectual property protection, state and federal investigations, and enforcement.

These consultations are not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. Any advice may be given only when it is related to specific fact situations that Venable has accepted an engagement as counsel to address.

Venable will host meetings in their private meeting space, located in Bayside C Lobby, MR33 of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. 

Hours of Operation: 

Wednesday, October 25 | 10am-5:30pm | 3-4:30pm Happy Hour Reception

Thursday, October 26 | 10am-5pm


Sponsored by:

Attorneys Available for Consultations:

Todd A. Harrison


Todd Harrison focuses his practice on FDA, FSIS, APHIS, AMS, FTC, and the DEA, as well as other federal, state, and international consumer protection agencies governing rules and regulations related to drugs, foods, dietary supplements, homeopathic remedies, medical devices, medical foods, and cosmetics. Learn more.

Claudia A. Lewis


Claudia Lewis represents numerous clients in the areas of FDA regulations governing foods, dietary supplements, over-the-counter drugs, homeopathic preparations, medical foods, medical devices, and importation/exportation of FDA regulated goods; FTC regulations governing advertising appearing on the Internet, television, print media, and radio; FTC telemarketing regulations; USDA regulations governing the use of the term "organic"; and EPA regulations governing pesticides. Learn more.

Calvin Nelson


Calvin Nelson’s practice covers a wide range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, trademark and brand protection, and anti-counterfeiting. Calvin has extensive experience in litigating intellectual property disputes in federal courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has represented clients in a wide variety of fields, including smartphone technology, mobile applications, and enterprise software. Learn more.

Roger A. Colaizzi


Roger Colaizzi chairs Venable’s national Advertising Litigation group. Roger has significant trial experience litigating Lanham Act false advertising, state deceptive trade practices, unfair competition, advertising class actions, trial and continuity marketing, direct-to-consumer marketing, social networking, affiliate advertising, domain names, keyword advertising, and other e-commerce matters. He has successfully brought and defended against dozens of emergency preliminary injunction motions and requests for temporary restraining orders— important remedies in competitive advertising and the protection of IP, product brands, and other proprietary assets. Learn more.

Shahin O. Rothermel


Shahin Rothermel counsels and defends clients on issues involving advertising, marketing, e-commerce, privacy, social media, promotions, sweepstakes, and subscription programs. Shahin regularly represents clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state attorneys general, district attorneys, the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureaus (NAD), the National Advertising Review Board (NARB), and the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation program (ERSP), in addition to handling complex consumer class actions and competitor disputes in federal and state courts. Learn more.

Ari N. Rothman


Ari Rothman's nationwide practice focuses on all legal facets of Internet and mobile marketing, telemarketing, and payment processing. Ari represents advertisers, affiliate networks, lead generators, advertising agencies, payment processors, ISOs, and others in contract negotiations, compliance matters, federal and state government investigations before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general, and private litigation. As a result of this experience, he offers a unique perspective when counseling clients and helping them find creative solutions to complex problems.  Learn more.

Laura Rich


Laura Rich focuses her practice on matters pertaining to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), particularly on the regulation of dietary supplements, biologics, and tobacco products. As a former senior policy advisor with the FDA, Laura provides valuable perspective to clients who turn to her for advice on shaping regulatory policy and providing input to FDA rulemaking. Learn More.

Richard A. Starr


Richard Starr advises clients on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) matters, including the labeling, advertising, and marketing of cosmetics, dietary supplements, and foods. Richard also has experience assisting clients in understanding green chemistry and food packaging laws throughout the United States and identifying regulatory and legislative advocacy priorities. He has aided clients in establishing clearances for food additives and food-contact materials by the FDA and other international regulatory agencies. Learn more.

Melanie English


Melanie English brings experience in administrative law and policy to Venable's Food and Drug Law practice. Prior to joining Venable, Melanie was an intern at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), where she reviewed and edited regulations for the Office of Regulation within the Office of the General Counsel. During law school, Melanie was a staff editor on the New York University School of Law Moot Court Board. Learn more.

Alexander S. Rubel


Alex Rubel focuses his practice on matters related to food and drug law, advertising, and consumer product safety. Alex counsels clients on regulatory compliance issues, including U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, and helps them mitigate the risk of marketing-related litigation and National Advertising Division (NAD) challenges. He also focuses on U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issues, including reporting obligations and product recalls. Before law school, Alex gained experience handling Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and CPSC matters in both the private and public sectors. Learn more.