Gary L. Yingling draws on his experience as a former US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lawyer to advise individuals, partnerships, and corporations in matters involving new drug applications, food ingredient marketing, product labeling, importation, regulatory marketing strategy, recalls, seizures, and criminal matters. His practice focuses on food and drug industry issues, with a particular interest in clinical research, contract research organization, and sponsor matters. Clients seek his advice in matters ranging from ingredient safety questions and product labeling to the preparation of New Drug Applications (NDA) and GRAS Notifications.
Gary’s experience includes representing clients in matters involving the FDA, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and various states.
Gary spent a number of years serving as a trial attorney and later as associate chief counsel for the FDA’s Bureau of Veterinary Medicine and as deputy chief counsel for administration. While at the FDA, he also spent two years as director of the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drug Review in the Bureau of Drugs where he received the FDA’s highest award, the Award of Merit, for his legal and administrative work.
Between moving from the FDA to private practice, he spent nine years as the president of the Food and Drug Law Institute. Once in private practice, Gary served as a partner in multiple food and drug practices at international law firms.
Gary practiced community pharmacy before becoming a lawyer. He is a registered pharmacist in Maryland and the District of Columbia and holds an MSc in pharmacology and B.S. in pharmacy.
Emory University School of Law, 1968, J.D.
Purdue University, 1966, M.S.
University of North Carolina, 1962, B.S.
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Healthcare: Pharmaceutical/Medical Products Regulatory, Chambers USA (2012–2017)
Life Sciences Star, LMG Life Sciences Guide (2012–2017)
Recognized, FDA Law, Washington, DC, The Best Lawyers in America (2012–2020)
Recognized, FDA, Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2013–2014)
Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy (2013)
Recipient, ACRP Global Conference Top Speaker Award (2012)
Recipient, FDLI's Distinguished Service and Leadership Award (1998)
Member, American Society for Pharmacy Law
Member, Association of American Feed Control Officials
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
International Society for Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology
Former Chair, Scholarship Committee of the Food and Drug Law Institute
Editorial Board, Clinical Research Practices and Drug Regulatory Affairs Journal, the Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology Journal, the Biomedical and Environmental Sciences Journal, and the FDA Enforcement Manual
Past President, University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy Alumni Association Review Board Member, US Adopted Names Council
Past Chair, UNC Pharmacy Foundation
Adjunct Professor, The University of Florida College of Pharmacy