Special Counsel, Covington &
Jessica O'Connell is Special Counsel in Covington & Burling's Food and Drug practice group in Washington, DC. She advises companies and trade associations on complying with US regulatory requirements enforced by FDA, USDA, FTC, and state regulators for the manufacture and sale of foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, OTC drugs, and animal products, and the import and export of all FDA and USDA-regulated products. Before joining Covington, she was an Associate Chief Counsel in FDA's Office of Chief Counsel from 2008 to 2014. While at FDA, Jessica counseled various components of FDA and HHS on legal issues primarily related to foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetics, including the implementation of FSMA, and import-specific issues. Prior to joining FDA, Jessica was a law clerk for Hon. Nancy B. Firestone at the US Court of Federal Claims. Jessica received a bachelor's degree in biology and physics from University of Virginia, an MPH from Johns Hopkins, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.