Joan Sylvain Baughan practices food and drug law, focusing on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and comparable international regulation of food contact materials, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices.
In addition to practicing in the firm's Washington office, Ms. Baughan spent three years counseling foreign and domestic clients from the firm's Brussels, Belgium office. While there, she developed an expertise in the regulation of food packaging materials and medicinal products under European Union and Member State legislation.
Ms. Baughan has a scientific background in microbiology and medical technology. She has served as general counsel for The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.’s Food, Drug and Cosmetics Packaging Materials Committee, representing the committee before U.S. agencies and their international counterparts.
Ms. Baughan frequently speaks at international conferences on various FDA and related regulatory topics and is an accomplished writer within the food and drug arena. She was a contributing author and the sole editor of the comprehensive food packaging book “Global Legislation for Food Contact Materials.”
Education: University of Massachusetts at Amherst (B.S., 1984, B.S.M.T. 1985); Catholic University of America (J.D., 1991).
Admissions: District of Columbia; Massachusetts