• Biography

    Suzie Trigg guides companies through FDA regulatory matters, high-stakes supply chain transactions, and strategic growth. She helps retailers, restaurant chains, and consumer products companies negotiate and document transactions and make well-informed decisions to address their complex FDA regulatory requirements. She is the co-chair of the Firm’s Food, Beverage and Restaurant Practice Group.

    Suzie is a go-to lawyer for companies tackling critical supply chain challenges, having been lead outside counsel for, among others, a 7,500+ store retailer negotiating supply chain agreements for transactions valued at more than $25 billion over five years. Her recent work also includes:

    • Facilitating investigations and analyses of high-stakes food safety and other product concerns, including both preventive gap analyses and analyzing specific events to determine FDA regulatory obligations and to chart a long-term course of action to correct and prevent re-occurrence of the potential concerns
    • Preparing and implementing supplier standards and supply chain agreements for multiple global restaurant chains
    • Developing and negotiating commercial agreements and quality agreements for the manufacture, supply, and distribution of both branded and private label foods, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and over-the-counter drugs

    Suzie helps companies lawfully market their products by reviewing the use of specific ingredients and by reviewing product claims made on labels or in advertising. Her experience in this area includes foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, personal care products, and over-the-counter drugs. She frequently provides advice and guidance on strategies intended to reduce the risk of a demand, class action, or regulatory enforcement.

    While much of her work focuses on designing strategies to minimize risk and avoid costly delays or setbacks, Suzie also helps companies thoroughly and efficiently address obstacles, such as potential FDA enforcement actions and potential product recalls.

    Given Suzie’s experience, she often leads due diligence of FDA regulated companies in connection with a potential merger or acquisition and addresses issues critical to deal closure. Suzie has also conducted due diligence for potential underwriters of securities offerings by emerging FDA regulated companies.

    Suzie is actively involved in the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) and is a frequent author and speaker on regulatory issues related to the food industry. Suzie currently serves on FDLI’s Enforcement, Litigation and Compliance Conference Planning Committee. In 2019, Suzie served as the Chair of FDLI’s Food Advertising and Litigation Planning Conference Committee and served on such Committee in 2017-18. She previously served on FDLI’s Food and Dietary Supplements Committee and FDLI’s Writing Awards Committee.

    Suzie has been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reutersin Food and Drug Law for five years, has been recognized in D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas,” D Magazine Partners, in 2018 and 2020, and was previously selected as Best in Supply Chain Negotiations – USA, Acquisition International 2015 Legal Awards, AI Global Media Ltd, 2015, and Best in Supply Chain Management Disputes - Texas, 2017.

    Professional and Community Activities

    • Member, Council for Responsible Nutrition
  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2006, with honors, Texas Environmental Law Journal
    • B.S., Animal Science, Texas A&M University, 2003
      • The Honorable Brian L. Owsley, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Texas
      • Institute for Food Laws and Regulations, Michigan State University
  • Admissions

    • Texas