Susan Brienza helps clients navigate complex federal laws relating to the manufacture, labeling, importing, marketing and sales of dietary supplements, NDIs, pet supplements, organic foods, functional foods, infant formulas, cosmetics, "cosmeceuticals," aromatherapy, over-the-counter drugs, homeopathic drugs, medical devices and medical foods. Ms. Brienza is especially involved in issues concerning herbal products for women, and in biotechnology and nanotechnology issues. She has also counseled on naturopathic medicine treatments, and on the most recent innovative products, such as e-cigs and herbal vaporizers.Clerkships:
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Before practicing law, Ms. Brienza was a university professor in stylistics and 20th Century American and British literature at Carnegie-Mellon and UCLA. She brings her proficiency in language to her regulatory compliance practice in crafting permissible and persuasive descriptions and claims for clients to employ in labels, labeling and advertisements of their products, including website content, healthcare brochures, expert endorsements, infomercials, telemarketing, and social media, and of course in formal Comments to the FDA.
Her practice includes advising clients as to compliance with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) law and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, as well as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laws and regulations. For instance, she has evaluated label claims, advertising claims and disclaimers for organic cosmetics and for GMO foods. In addition to regulatory compliance and enforcement matters, Ms. Brienza assists in litigation, with particular focus on product liability and false advertising cases. Her practice has also included white-collar criminal defense work and lobbying/public policy matters, e.g., for a manufacturer of organic meats and for coalitions of supplement companies.
Awards and Honors:
- Hon. Richard Matsch, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 1992 - 1993
- Named one of Colorado's "Super Lawyers" in Health Care field (2006, 2007, 2009)
- Patton Boggs Pro Bono Award (1999)
- Colorado Women's History Project Award (1997)
- Member of Inns of Court, Judge Arraj Chapter, (1995-1997)