Robert G. Hibbert advises clients in the food and agricultural industries on federal regulation, particularly relating to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), as well as the FDA. Clients seek his counsel on labeling, advertising, recalls, food safety compliance, animal health, and new product development issues. Bob’s experience with civil litigation in federal court includes successful challenges to the scope of USDA jurisdiction and authority over major segments of the food processing industry.
Throughout his career, Bob has been involved with administrative litigation in proceedings under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, the Packers and Stockyards Act, and the Perishable Commodities Act.
He represents growers and marketers of new transgenic crops, along with other companies, on labeling and advertising matters before the USDA, FDA, the Federal Trade Commission, and the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. As well as representation, Bob also provides counseling to companies involved in major food product recalls, labeling and advertising matters, and the marketing of new technologies designed to enhance food safety and security.
Recognized by Food Safety News and other authorities as an industry leader, Bob is quoted and interviewed in food and agriculture trade publications. He speaks about trends at industry events, including the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, Clean Label Conference, University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Fourth Governor’s Conference on Ensuring Food Safety, among others.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Bob was a partner in the food and drug practice of an international law firm and served as a senior attorney with the USDA, where he directed the standards and labeling staff, formulating policy in areas including food safety, product standards, and nutrition labeling. He was also a vice president and general counsel for the American Meat Institute.
American University, Washington College of Law, 1975, J.D.
Columbia College, 1972, B.A.
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized by Food Safety News as an industry leader, Best of Food Safety: The Food Industry (2013)
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
Member, Maryland Bar Association
Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
Member, Committee on Administrative Law, American Bar Association
Co-chair, Agricultural Law Section, American Bar Association