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Charles A. Patrizia

Partner, Litigation Department


Charles Patrizia is a partner in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. He has more than 45 years of experience in federal and state regulatory matters, including food labeling under FDA and USDA requirements, FTC Green Labeling and other regulations applicable to food, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as well as environmental requirements, including federal regulatory and permitting requirements, and state regulatory and permitting requirements. He has an active litigation and counseling practice involving food-related regulation, as well as other commercial matters and government contracts. He represents clients in a range of international and national transactions involving food, energy, the environment, chemical and hazardous substances and biotechnology.

Since joining the firm in 1985, Mr. Patrizia has represented clients on enforcement, regulatory and marketing issues under the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act, the Food Safety Modernization Act, USDA programs related to food safety and related programs, including the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, and the Packers & Stockyard Act. He regularly advises clients on liability and related issues in enforcement proceedings and as part of business transactions; he leads the firm practice in relation to the interplay between projects and federal review requirements. He has advised food manufacturers, distributors, food service and food service management companies on all aspects of federal and state regulation.


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1975
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, A.B., 1972

Engagement & Publications

  • Co-author, “Regulatory Conflicts Facing Electric Utilities Under the Clean Air Act” -The Electricity Journal (March 1992)
  • Co-author, “Can the Arkansas-Entergy-New Orleans Regional Planning Body Pass Muster?”- The Electricity Journal (January/February 1992)
  • Author, “Parker Brown, a Preemption Analysis” - Yale Law Journal (1975)
  • Lectured extensively on a variety of environmental and utility matters


  • Member, the Council of the American Bar Association Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
  • Member, ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law
  • Member, Section on National Resources, Energy and Environmental Law
  • Instructor, trial advocacy tactics at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy

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