William H. Kitchens is a partner in the Food and Drug Practice. He served as the firm’s managing partner from 1996–2008 and has also served as chairman of the Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice.
Mr. 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. Mr. 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also performs regulatory due diligence for clients in connection with financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and assists with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulatory filings and press releases to the investment community.
Mr. Kitchens has published numerous books and articles on food and drug law and regulatory law topics. He is an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law, where he has taught a course in food and drug law since 1979. He lectures frequently on food and drug law topics, compliance, and trade regulation topics and is routinely invited to speak at industry, government and academic meetings.