Angela M. Spivey


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  • The University of Mississippi School of Law Robert C. Khayat Law Center, JD, magna cum laude, Valedictorian, 1996
  • University of Alabama, BA, cum laude, 1993
  • Georgia
  • Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Mississippi State Bar Association 

Member, American Inns of Court, William C. Keady AIC

Angela is managing partner of the firm's Atlanta office. She defends and counsels food manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and packaging entities on a host of issues, including implementation of recalls, defense of widespread international outbreaks and resulting civil litigation, defense of corporations and individuals in OCI criminal investigations, and regulatory oversight and compliance. Angela is a national speaker at various industry group conferences on a wide array of issues unique to the food industry. In addition to consulting with food-industry clients, Angela has first-chair trial experience before state and federal courts, matters ranging from product liability, personal injury, contract disputes, and business torts.

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Angela Spivey
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Serve as national labeling counsel for one of North America’s largest food companies, defending the company in all its consumer class action labeling cases, slack fill cases, and trans fat cases pending throughout the US.

Supervised and defended the nationwide defense of leading food manufacturers in adulterated food personal injury claims arising in connection with highly publicized food recalls, including defense of over 700 cases in 24 states, defeating 29 class actions, and defending 20,000 individual claims.

Consulting with national food manufacturers, transporters, and retailers regarding compliance with FDA and USDA regulations.

Represented national supermarkets in all aspects of recalls, including interfacing with regulators, advising on public relations matters, resolving claims, and defending lawsuits.

Defending food manufacturers and transporters against claims of criminal violations of USDA and FDA regulations before Main Justice and Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Food & Beverage: Regulatory & Litigation, Georgia, Chambers USA, 2017

Named a "Litigation Trailblazer," The National Law Journal, 2016

Named to "Georgia Rising Stars," FDA, Personal Injury Defense: Products, General Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006, 2009, 2011

Co-author, Food Safety Law, Law Journal Press, Release 12, 2017
Co-author, Food Safety Law, Law Journal Press, Release 11, 2016
Quoted in, "Reaction to FSMA Food Defense Rule," Law360, June 1, 2016
Co-author, "The Impact of the FDA Banning PHOs in the US," Food Manufacturing, June 17, 2015
Co-author, "Food Fighters: DOJ, FDA May Be Coming For Executives," Law360, September 23, 2014
Co-author, Understanding Food and Beverage Recalls: Successfully Navigating the Recall Process and Updating Risk Management Strategies, Aspatore Special Report, 2014
Co-author, "Food And Beverage Industry Outlook For 2014: Part 2," Law360, January 23, 2014
Co-author, "Food And Beverage Industry Outlook For 2014: Part 1," Law360, January 16, 2014
Author, "FDA’s Strategic Shift from Reaction to Prevention," Food Safety Magazine, March 5, 2013
Co-author, "A Food Industry Issue Menu For 2013: Part 1," Law360, February 13, 2013
Co-author, "Responding Rapidly as Inspections and Recalls Rise," Counsel to Counsel, January 2008
Speaker, "Ascertainability," DRI Class Action Conference, Washington, D.C., July 20, 2017
Moderator, "Ethical Issues that Arise in Parallel Criminal and Civil Proceedings," ABA Food & Supplements Workshop, Hershey, PA, June 13, 2017
Speaker, "Exploring Individual Liability Through the Invocation of the Corporate Officer Doctrine and Yates Memo as They Apply to the Food Industry," American Conference Institute’s inaugural Food Law & Regulation Forum, Chicago, IL, May 24, 2017
Panelist, "Compliance & Investigations Track – Impacting Hearts and Minds," Ascent Conference 2017, Atlanta, GA, May 3, 2017
Panelist, "Due Diligence in an Era of Increased Oversight," Food and Beverage M&A and Private Equity Update, October 20, 2016
Speaker, "How to Better Protect Your Food and Beverage Company, Your Customers and Yourself," Food Safety Challenges in an Era of Change, September 21, 2016
Moderator, Dietary Supplement Litigation Trends: An Overview and Preview of What May Be Coming Soon for Foods, ABA Section of Litigation Food & Supplements Sixth Annual Workshop, June 14, 2016
Speaker, "Attorney General Perspectives and Enforcement − Protecting the People?," Food and Beverage M&A and Private Equity Update, May 10, 2016
Speaker, Food Safety Crisis & Risk Management, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, March 3, 2016
Speaker, "Current environment and outlook in the food and beverage industry Panel," Food and Beverage M&A and Private Equity Update, October 6, 2015
Co-Speaker, "Regulations – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "Labeling Litigation: All Natural, Prop 65 and GMOs," Food Safety Challenges in an Era of Change: How to Better Protect Your Food and Beverage Company, Your Customers and Yourself, October 9, 2014
Speaker, "Safety, FDA regulations & liability," 2014 IWLA Warehouse Legal Practice Symposium, June 19, 2014
Speaker, The Rising Threat of Criminal Prosecution in the Food and Beverage Industry, McGuireWoods Webinar, February 18, 2014
Speaker, "Import/Export Developments," "Governmental and Third Party Inspections," and "Recalls and Crisis Management," Cross-Border Food Safety: What's on the Menu?, McGuireWoods Complimentary Seminar with Red24, October 3, 2013
Speaker, "The Legal and Regulatory Battle Over Food Labeling and How Those in the Food Industry Can Protect Themselves," Food Fight!, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, April 11, 2013
Presenter, "Focus on Food Safety," GMA Food Litigation Webinar, November 2, 2011
Speaker, "Some Recent and Emerging Trends in Foodborne Illness Litigation," American Society for Microbiology's 112th General Meeting, June 12, 2012
Speaker, American Conference Institute's 5th National Forum on Food-Borne Illness Litigation, November 30, 2011
Speaker, "Five Steps Toward Food Safety Preparedness," Anatomy of a Recall, October 11, 2007