Megan Olsen is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She focuses on helping clients ensure that their products and business practices comply with Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state consumer protection laws and regulations. She advises on a broad range of advertising, marketing, manufacturing, and product safety issues, and has extensive experience reviewing product labels and advertising for compliance with federal and state laws. Among others, she supports clients that make and market FDA-regulated products, including food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and over-the-counter drugs.
Ms. Olsen has substantial experience in responding to FTC, FDA, and state attorney general investigations. She also has assisted clients with consumer class action defense and initiating and responding to self-regulatory challenges before the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. She counsels clients regarding the use of a wide-range of advertising claims and practices, including health benefit claims, environmental claims, U.S. origin claims, endorsements, and use of new media. Ms. Olsen also has experience counseling clients on safety, manufacturing, and labeling matters related to FDA-regulated products. Her focus on multiple aspects of consumer protection law for FDA-regulated products, from safety matters to marketing claims, helps her advise clients about the best methods to minimize regulator, competitor, and consumer challenges.
Lead associate in FTC investigation regarding individual liability for environmental marketing claims made by company in which individual was employed.
Lead associate in helping major food manufacturer develop strategy to discuss labeling matters with FDA and Congressional representatives.
Helped successfully negotiate closure of FTC investigation regarding concussion and other health and safety claims for football helmets.
Helped defend dietary supplement manufacturer in FTC investigation regarding weight loss claims and use of endorsements.
Assisted clients in developing scientific substantiation for health benefit claims for dietary supplement products, including identifying and working with well-credentialed scientific experts to develop substantiation.
Helped clients prepare ingredient safety determinations for FDA-regulated products.
Developed “best practices” regarding review of consumer complaints for major food manufacturers.
Memberships & Associations
American Bar Association
Food and Drug Law Institute, Policy Forum Editorial Board