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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
Secretary-Treasurer, International HACCP Alliance
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Robert G. Hibbert is a partner in Morgan Lewis's FDA Practice. Mr. Hibbert focuses his practice on federal regulation of the food and agricultural industries, with an emphasis on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). He also advises clients with regard to food safety and security, animal health, biotechnology, labeling, advertising, and new product development.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hibbert has been involved with civil litigation in federal court, including several successful challenges to the scope of USDA jurisdiction and authority over various segments of the food processing industry, as well as administrative litigation in proceedings under statutes including the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, the Packers and Stockyards Act, and the Perishable Commodities Act.
Mr. Hibbert has also represented growers and marketers of new transgenic crops, in addition to other companies, on labeling and advertising matters before USDA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, and the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. He also provides counseling to and representation of companies involved in major food product recalls, labeling and advertising matters, and the marketing of new technologies designed to enhance food safety and security.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Hibbert was a partner in the food and drug practice of another international law firm, resident in Washington, D.C. He also formerly 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. Mr. Hibbert is also the former vice president and general counsel for the American Meat Institute.
Mr. Hibbert earned his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law in 1975, where he was a member of the American University Law Review. He earned his B.A. from Columbia College in 1972.
Mr. Hibbert is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
- American University, Washington College of Law, 1975, J.D.
- Columbia College, 1972, B.A.