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Lisa Barclay

Washington, DC

t: 202.237.9620
f: 202.237.6131
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Areas of Practice


Crisis Management and Government Response

Health Care

Global Investigations and White Collar Defense


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2001

The George Washington University, B.A., English, 1994


Senior Judge William B. Bryant, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2001-2003


District of Columbia


Lisa Barclay is a Partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, focusing her practice on high profile disputes, investigations, litigation, and regulatory and compliance issues.  Ms. Barclay brings decades of experience, both inside and outside of government, to her focus on food and drug law. In addition to her civil litigation work, she has served as an advisor to both C-Suite executives and high level public officials on complex public policy initiatives.

Recent representative matters include:

  • Providing strategic and legal counsel to C-suite executives at various institutions – ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies – regarding food and drug issues.
  • Leading an internal investigation for a prominent biotechnology company.
  • Conducting risk analyses for the go-to-market strategy of several food and drug companies. 
  • Coordinating a national policy team for a high-profile healthcare company.

With more than 20 years of experience in government and public policy, Ms. Barclay frequently manages multi-faceted situations that require a dynamic, strategic approach to legal, policy, communications, and operational issues.

Ms. Barclay joined the firm in 2014 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where she had served as Chief of Staff since 2011.  In that role, she provided strategic consultation to the FDA Commissioner and senior FDA officials on the agency’s most significant issues and programs, including the regulation of drugs and other medical products, food, and tobacco. Her experience includes serving as a liaison for the FDA with other parts of the federal government, including the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Ms. Barclay recently served as a guest lecturer at Stanford Law School, speaking on the topic of legal counseling for new technologies.  In addition, she has lectured on ethics issues at numerous seminars for lawyers and law firms and was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center in 2011.

Ms. Barclay was formerly a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP in Washington, D.C., where she represented a range of clients in civil litigation matters, including food and medical product issues, and provided counsel on regulatory matters and legal ethics issues.  In doing so, Ms. Barclay drew from her prior experience working in the Office of Policy at the FDA and as a Congressional staff member. 

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