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Bruce A. Silverglade

Phone: (202) 518-6316
Fax: (202) 234-3550

Bruce Silverglade is a Principal at OFW Law. His practice includes resolution of competitive disputes involving food labeling and advertising claims, proactive responses to FDA regulatory proposals, management of class action lawsuits, FTC and FDA enforcement actions challenging food advertising and labeling, compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (including the Foreign Supplier Verification Program and accreditation of third-party auditors), implementation of FDA nutrition labeling regulations, matters concerning economic adulteration, and federal nutrition policy.

Bruce has extensive experience with such issues on both the national and international levels working with top officials at FDA, FTC, USDA, the Canadian government, the Japanese government, the European Commission, and international agencies including the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the World Health Organization. He speaks and lectures extensively on such issues, and is often quoted in the media as a recognized expert in the field. 

He is also experienced in Congressional oversight, appropriations, and legislative matters having testified before Congress on more than 25 occasions. Prior to joining OFW Law, he was Director of Legal Affairs at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Bridging the gap between consumer organizations and the food industry, he organized a bipartisan effort that culminated in the enactment of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 (NLEA). Bruce maintains close contacts with consumer groups on matters of strategic significance to the food industry. 

During the course of his career, he served as lead counsel in U.S. Court of Appeals cases, successfully challenging arbitrary and capricious actions by regulatory agencies. He also worked at the FTC and served as an Attorney-Advisor to the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Office of Policy and Planning.

Bruce received his BA, cum laude, in political science from the University of Illinois, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his JD from Boston College Law School. He studied Law and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, J.D.
  • University of Illinois, B.A. Political Science
    Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations

  • National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine
    Reviewer - Front of Package Nutrition Relating Systems (2011)
  • Food and Drug Law Institute
    Distinguished Service and Leadership Award (2010)

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