October 24, 2017

In the November / December GPSolo Magazine: Get a Taste of Food Law

Rinky S. Parwani

Rinky S. Parwani is the managing attorney of Parwani Law, P.A., in Tampa, Florida, and can be reached at rinky@parwanilaw.com.







I don’t know about you, but I love food as much as I love practicing law. So, I can’t tell you how excited I am that the next issue of GPSolo magazine will feature food and the law. If you have ever thought about mixing up a recipe for success, this is the issue for you. There is no better way to succeed as an attorney than to mix the ingredients of your passion with your practice. (It also helps to pair it with a glass of your favorite concoction.)

The issue appropriately starts out with an appetizer: Starting a Niche Practice in Food Law by Michael R. Reese. The article tells you the basics of cooking up a law practice in the food industry, with each ingredient needed to get you started in the basics of cooking. It also tells you the measurements needed and the appropriate tools to use in order to wet your taste buds, leaving you wanting more.

The issue then goes on the road for the latest trends in the food industry. A Taste for Pop-Ups and Food Trucks by Diana Laskaris discusses the state of the food truck and pop-up restaurant industry, examines some legal requirements in various jurisdictions, and discusses how attorneys can help improve the future for food the trucks and pop-up restaurants.

If you have ever wondered whether you are what you eat, Misleading Food Labeling and Advertising under the Lanham Act and the FDCA by Gene Markin will open your eyes to a whole new world as a consumer. As consumers, we rely on federal agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to set standards for and police the contents, accuracy, and adequacy of food and drink labels on products offered for purchase to the general public. We expect that nutritional labels on the food products we find at grocery stores, gas stations, and chain retailers contain all the necessary disclosures required by federal guidelines, such as the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). If we are misled, we may have a private cause of action against the manufacturer under state consumer protection laws.

Did you ever wonder where your food comes from? GMOs Engender Passion (and That’s a Poor Basis for Lawmaking) by Baylen J. Linnekin explains what is a genetically modified organism and discusses current laws pertaining to GMO agriculture and foods (including a recent federal GMO-labeling law). Linnekin also explains the role of three U.S. agencies (the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency) in regulating GMO agriculture and food and highlights recent and ongoing controversies pertaining to GMOs. The author argues that people are free to tout what they believe are the wonders or horrors of GMO foods and discusses whether the government’s policy on GMOs should be a neutral one.

My favorite course is dessert. Serving as Legal Counsel to a Food, Beverage, or Dietary Supplements Company by Steven E. Brunette brings it all together, discussing the intersection of local laws, state laws, compliance, and permitting while providing corporate, regulatory, tax, and competition law advice to the food industry.

Finally, if your passion is more technological than gastronomical, this issue also features an examination of how to Make Your Law Firm Agile: Apply the Management Secrets of Software Developers by Jeff Kerr, along with our much anticipated, annual Tech Gift Guide by Jeffrey Allen and Ashley Hallene.

All in all, the November/December issue of GPSolo magazine will leave you satisfied and complete until your next great meal—isn’t Thanksgiving coming up?


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