Joel E.
Of Counsel


Joel Hoffman founded and served as lead partner in Sutherland’s FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) practice for 15 years. In his current role as Of Counsel, he remains available to consult with and advise clients on FDA-related matters. A member of Sutherland’s Litigation Practice Group, Joel represented large and small manufacturers and their trade associations in all industries regulated by the FDA, as well as national organizations in the medical and pharmacy professions on both FDA and related antitrust matters. Joel served as lead counsel in many landmark cases in both trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and participated in shaping several important pieces of federal legislation enforced by the FDA.

Joel began his career in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, handling both antitrust appeals and administrative law cases that involved defending a variety of major federal regulatory agencies. Since then his focus has primarily been on FDA regulatory law. Upon his retirement from full-time practice, he was awarded the Distinguished Service and Leadership Award of the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI).

Joel has spoken at many conferences sponsored by the Food and Drug Law Institute and the American Bar Association, and has written numerous articles for the Food and Drug Law Journal, The Business Lawyer (published by the ABA Section of Business Law) and the Administrative Law Review (published by the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice).

Professional Activities

Adjunct Professor of Law, George Mason University Law School (1998-2013), teaching “Food and Drug Law” and “Generic Drugs, FDA, and Intellectual Property Law”
Adjunct Professor of Law, Franklin Pierce (now University of New Hampshire) Law School (1997-2002), teaching "Food and Drug Law"
Editorial Advisory Board, Food and Drug Law Journal (1981-1989 and 2008-2012)
Chair, Food and Drug Committee (1976-1986 and 1995-1999), and Member of Section Council (1973-1976), Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, American Bar Association
  • LL.B., Yale Law School
  • B.A., New York University
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

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