When clients make significant business decisions, they need a seasoned advisor who understands their industry and can provide valuable insight. For more than 30 years, Sandra has advised food, dietary supplement and OTC drug companies in implementing some of their most important strategies. She works with clients as an integral member of their team, helping them solve problems efficiently so that they can stay focused on their business objectives. Whether a client’s issue involves obtaining the authorization of a new food or dietary ingredient, complying with manufacturing requirements, supply chain issues, labeling and advertising, litigation defense, enforcement or PR damage control, Sandra serves as an effective advisor and advocate. Spending summer’s on her grandmother’s farm has given Sandra a unique appreciation for a “farm to table” approach to the food industry. A self-described “health nut”, Sandra is deeply involved in providing the appropriate scientific and regulatory support for her dietary supplement clients.
Focusing on consumer product issues, Sandra advises clients on compliance with the multiple rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act, including HACCP plans, as well as the various cannabis laws. She has successfully led clients through the rigorous regulatory and public communications maze attendant to bringing a new product to market and for product recalls, competitive challenges, and threatened government actions. Proactive efforts such as petitioning the government for regulatory change, interfacing with consumer advocates, and working closely with industry and scientific organizations enhance her clients’ ability to market and distribute safe and innovative products. Sandra guides her clients through large-scale change as they expand into new markets or business lines, representing clients worldwide and across all consumer product categories. Her practice specializes in the food (human and pet), dietary supplement, OTS drug and beauty industries, interfacing with the FDA, USDA, Consumer Product Safety Division, the FTC, Office of Inspector General and EPA, as well as state and local agencies.
Sandra also assists a cross section of businesses in navigating the complex state and federal laws controlling marketing claims and sweepstakes, with a special emphasis on issues relating to their social media presence and online marketing. Keeping clients informed of the latest trends in class action law suits and defending clients in consumer litigation, including under California’s Proposition 65, is a real passion. Contract negotiating and implementation for service providers, negotiating with insurance companies, and traditional distribution and supply chain contracts for consumer goods, are also included in her practice.
During law school, Sandra was the Editor in Chief of the Creighton Law Review, and was twice awarded the American Jurisprudence Award, both for Constitutional Law and Torts.