Eric F. Greenberg

profile
  • Principal Attorney

Location:

Chicago, IL

Phone:

Email ID:

Email:

profile

Eric concentrates his practice in food and drug law, packaging law, and commercial litigation. His food and drug work has included regulatory counseling, new product development, negotiation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on numerous levels, handling recalls, and defending enforcement actions.

His packaging work is a pioneering approach to legal representation for members of the packaging industry. He counsels a wide range of consumer product companies, packaging manufacturers, package design firms, and others on regulatory and labeling requirements, and handles related contractual and litigation matters.

He is a member of the Trial Bar of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and is an experienced trial and litigation practitioner in both federal and state courts.

Eric is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches Food and Drug Law, and a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Michigan State University School of Packaging, where he teaches an online course in Packaging Laws and Regulations.

He serves as legal editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he contributes a monthly column, called The Legal Side.

As part of his development of packaging law, Eric wrote Guide to Packaging Law, first published in 1996, second edition in 2007. It is the first reference book about law for those in the packaging business.

Eric is a frequent speaker and presenter on topics including developments in Food and Drug Law, FDA regulation of foods and other products, and packaging law developments.  For over 25 years, he has been an informative and popular speaker at educational seminars and conferences, including events sponsored by the Food and Drug Law Institute, Institute of Food Technologists, Smithers/Pira, Packaging Machinery Manufacturers’ Institute,  Society of Plastics Engineers, American Conference Institute,  and many others.

Eric received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1980. He earned his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1983.

Published Works:
          For a list of publications click here.

Areas Of Practice

  • Food and Drug Law
  • Packaging Law
  • Commercial Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Illinois

Education

  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York
    • J.D. - 1983
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
    • 1980
    • Major: Anthropology

Published Works

  • Guide to Packaging Law, 1996
  • Guide to Packaging Law, 2nd Edition, 2007

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker and presenter, Food and Drug Law Institute, Institute of Food Technologists, Smithers/Pira, Packaging Machinery Manufacturers’ Institute, Society of Plastics Engineers, American Conference Institute

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Trial Bar of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Member
  • Adjunct Faculty of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Member
  • Packaging World Magazine, Legal Editor/Columnist
Our firm is a proud member of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms, a select organization with member law firms throughout the United States and “strategic partners” around the world.

International Network of Boutique and Independent Law Firms badge

GRAS Goes to Congress

GRAS Goes to Congress

By Eric F. Greenberg, Attorney-at-law

Remember that whole business involving NGOs and other folks objecting to the legal system that allows companies to self-determine that their uses of substances are Generally Recognized As Safe (“GRAS”)? And remember how some groups had gone to court to get the system declared unlawful, but late last year the court ruled against them? Well, there’s a new chapter to this story. Now, some members of Congress have proposed a bill that would make changes to the law to address those very same objections.

The GRAS pathway to clearance of the use of substances in packaging and in food is crucially important, and this proposed law has the potential to make enormous changes in various legal obligations. For that reason, packagers should keep a close eye on this latest chapter in the ongoing debate over the policy issues surrounding the GRAS system.

In my view, addressing the complaints we’ve heard for years about the GRAS program required changes in the law, so at least the objectors are in the correct forum. There’s been so much criticism of the Food and Drug Administration lately, what with its slow reaction to the infant formula contamination problem, on top of its handling of issues relating to heavy metals in baby food and various complaints about its handling of COVID and other drug approvals, for some examples. But when it comes to the GRAS program, it’s always seemed that most of the objectors’ objections were better directed at Congress than at FDA.

You have questions, We have answers. Request a consult.

Our Office Location

303 East Wacker Drive Suite 305
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-977-4647