Heather works with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, food, and cosmetic companies on a wide range of regulatory and enforcement issues, including representation of clients in matters before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and other regulatory agencies and organizations.
Heather has significant experience advising on regulatory strategies and initiatives for drug and device development, approvals, labeling, and promotion and advertising. She also counsels clients on a range of other drug and device regulatory issues, including clinical trials, user fees, pharmacovigilance, postmarketing reporting, and compliance, among others.
Formerly, Heather served as Associate Chief Counsel in the FDA's Office of the Chief Counsel. In that capacity, she advised the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition on various matters pertaining to the regulation of foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetics. Her experience in this area includes product composition and design, nutrition labeling, labeling and advertising claims, medical foods, functional foods, ingredient notifications and approvals, and marketing strategies.
Prior to joining the firm, Heather practiced food and drug law at another Washington, DC firm. She has served as senior in-house regulatory counsel for pharmaceutical companies, providing legal advice on domestic and global regulatory issues related to drugs, biologics, and medical devices.
Upon graduation from law school, Heather was honored with a Shattuck Award recognizing her commitment and contributions to public service. She was also a grateful recipient of the USC Carolyn Craig Franklin Scholarship. Heather continues to support public service through pro bono work at the firm.