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Food and Drug Law


Food and Drug Law, Government Investigations


William H. Kitchens is a retired partner and senior counsel in the Food and Drug Practice of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP. He served as the firm’s managing partner from 1996 to 2008 and has also served as chairman of the Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice. He is adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law where he has taught a food and drug law course since 1979. 

Kitchens’ practice focuses on food and drug law and government investigations. He advises companies in the food, medical device, pharmaceutical and biotech industries on a wide range of issues, including strategies for obtaining Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals of new products, clinical trials, risk management, advertising and labeling, good manufacturing practices, and post-approval safety requirements. He also counsels companies about recalls, market withdrawals, crisis management, responding to FDA inspectional observations and warning letters, the defense of anticipated enforcement actions, and the negotiation of consent decrees. Kitchens has extensive experience defending clients in both administrative hearings and enforcement actions in federal and state courts involving the FDA, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the US Department of Agriculture. He also performs regulatory due diligence for clients in connection with financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions and assists with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulatory filings and press releases to the investment community. 

Kitchens has published numerous books and articles on food and drug law and regulatory law topics, including the recently published chapter titled “FDA Regulatory Approval Process for Medical Products,” in Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (2nd Ed. Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2016). He lectures frequently on food and drug law topics, compliance, and trade regulation and is frequently invited to speak at industry, government and academic meetings. 

Kitchens received a BA degree with high honors from Emory University and his JD degree from the University of Georgia School of Law where he was an editor of the law review. He has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (Biotechnology Law and FDA Law) since 2007 and received the Daily Report Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. In 2006 he was awarded the Biomedical Community Award by Georgia Bio for his contributions to the life sciences community in the state.