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Food Litigation – A Year in Review
Please join the Food Law & Policy Clinic and the Food Law Society of Harvard Law School as we host alum Tommy Tobin (HLS ’16) and David Biderman from Perkins Coie, who will be speaking on their extensive experiences in food and beverage litigation.
Grab-and-Go Lunches will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
This event is only open to students at Harvard Law School.
About the Speakers
Tommy Tobin is an Associate at Perkins Coie’s Seattle office, where his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and class action matters involving statutory and regulatory issues in a range of industries, including food and beverage and cannabis. In the food and beverage sector, Tommy has experience defending false advertising claims and consumer protection claims for well-known international corporations. He regularly writes articles on food law and policy issues and chairs the American Bar Association’s Food, Cosmetics and Nutraceuticals Committee. He recently edited the American Bar Association’s Food Law: A Practical Guide, a resource book for practitioners to assist them in meeting the unique needs of food and beverage clients across various domains of legal practice. Tommy served as a law clerk to the Hon. Max O. Cogburn, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. He holds degrees from Stanford University, Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Kennedy School. While earning his J.D., he was active in the Harvard Food Law Society and the Food Law & Policy Clinic, and he served as a teaching fellow in the Harvard Economics Department.
David Biderman leads Perkins Coie’s Consumer Products & Services Litigation practice and its Food Litigation industry group. David has had an active litigation practice in federal and state courts throughout the country for 39 years. He regularly presents and writes about food litigation developments. David has been a leading litigator in the food law area beginning with the onset of the significant litigation trend. He has litigated some of the most consequential food litigation matters in this emerging field and has established precedent in preemption, the reasonable consumer doctrine, and consumer protection law. David is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Virginia School of Law.