Hogan Lovells US LLP
Maile Gradison Hermida practices with Hogan Lovells in the area of food and agriculture law. She represents food companies, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and
their trade associations. Her clients are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, Federal Trade Commission, and other health and safety regulatory agencies at both the federal and state levels.
Maile advises clients on the development of label claims, website and promotional campaigns for products, as well as the various requirements applicable to the labeling of foods. She also provides assistance to trade associations and food companies with fashioning comments and developing strategies in response to agency rulemaking and other public policy issues. Her practice is increasingly focused on counseling companies and trade associations as to the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. Maile also assists clients with responses to Federal Trade Commission, Congressional, and state Attorney General investigations and counsels clients on the
development, interpretation, and enforcement of laws and regulations governing food
production, processing, and distribution.
Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson, she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Charles F. Lettow of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Maile graduated with high honors from The George Washington University Law School, where she served as executive editor of The George Washington Law Review.
Daniel G. McChesney, M.S., Ph.D.
Director, Office of Surveillance and Compliance
Center for Veterinary Medicine
Food and Drug Administration
Dr. Daniel G. McChesney is the Director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance in FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. He has served in this position since October 2003. Prior to becoming the Director, he served as the Deputy Director for the Office of Surveillance and Compliance (1999-2003) and as the Acting Director of the Division of Compliance. His Office is responsible for developing and implementing surveillance and compliance policy concerning FDA regulatory responsibility with respect to animal drugs, feeds, food additives, veterinary medical devices, and other veterinary medical products. He is currently the co-chair of the FDA group working on the preventive control rules and the CVM’s lead for the Animal Preventive Control Rule. He joined FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) as a microbiologist in 1990 and served as the Center’s expert on microbial contaminants of animal feed, and application of HACCP programs to the feed industry.
He received a B.S. in Biology from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia. Upon completing his degree, he entered the U.S. Army and was stationed at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (1978-1987) where he served as a research microbiologist. After completing his active military service, he was a senior investigator at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute responsible for determining the mechanism involved in increasing survival after radiation injury.
Senior Director, Science Program Management
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Shannon (Shana) Cooksey is the Senior Director of Science Program Management at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Washington, D.C., representing the world’s leading food, beverage, and consumer products companies. Shana is a globally recognized project manager, matching cutting edge science to food policy issues, and delivering expert scientific and technical assistance to the food and consumer product goods industry. At GMA, Mrs. Cooksey oversees all scientific program management activities, including managing all aspects of implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In addition, she has also served as an active project leader for the APEC-PTIN work, staff lead for two Codex Committees, and staff liaison for the Allergen Committee, Economic Adulterations Working Group, Food Industry Analytical Chemists Committee and Beverages Committee. Prior to her role as Senior Director, she supervised all laboratory operations and co-managed over 20 scientists and professional technical staff in the disciplines of chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, processing technologies, and packaging and product forensics.
Mrs. Cooksey holds Master of Science degree in Bio-Inorganic Chemistry from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), holds top certification in Microsoft Project, and is a professional Lean Six Sigma leader (green belt).