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Joan Sylvain Baughan practices food and drug law, focusing on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and comparable international regulation of food-contact materials, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. She assists clients in establishing regulatory compliance for their products globally, performs compliance audits and training seminars, and represents companies and trade associations before U.S. agencies and their international counterparts.

In addition to practicing in the firm's Washington office, Ms. Baughan spent three years counseling foreign and domestic clients from the firm's Brussels, Belgium office. While there, she developed an expertise in the regulation of food packaging materials, cosmetics, and medicinal products under European Union and Member State legislation.

Ms. Baughan frequently speaks at international conferences on various FDA and related regulatory topics and is an accomplished writer within the food and drug arena. She was a contributing author and the sole editor of the comprehensive food packaging book Global Legislation for Food Contact Materials, and has written chapters–such as “Regulation of Nanotechnology in Food-Contact Applications in the United States and in Canada,” and “U.S. Legislation on Food-Contact Materials,”–for other publications. Ms. Baughan also has written about drug packaging, including an article titled, “The Latest on Drug Master Files for Packaging Materials in the United States—and a Little History,” for Packaging Digest.   


Ms. Baughan has a scientific background in microbiology and medical technology.



Practice Areas


  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    • B.S., 1984
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    • B.S.M.T., 1985
  • Catholic University of America
    • J.D., 1991

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts


  • American Bar Association
    International Bar Association


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