About Ivan J. Wasserman
Ivan Wasserman is one of the nation’s premier attorneys for health, wellness, beauty and other consumer products. Companies of all sizes making, marketing and selling food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, over-the-counter drugs, and medical devices praise the depth of his knowledge and experience, his humor and his ability to maintain the human perspective while leading them through this heavily regulated landscape. Frequently cited by the media as a legal authority, Ivan helps his clients launch products and create and execute advertising campaigns that match the clinical evidence they have for their products, paying close attention to the changing rules governing internet marketing, consumer testimonials and social media.
Ivan advocates for clients subject to the often overlapping jurisdictions of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. When advertising disputes arise, he regularly represents companies before the National Advertising Division (NAD) and the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program (ERSP).
Specifically with respect to the CPSC, he advises manufacturers, importers and retailers on the reporting requirements of Section 15(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act. He has extensive experience guiding companies through the process of recalling a product, working with them to minimize adverse publicity. He also zealously represents companies in CPSC investigations and enforcement proceedings.
Ivan brings to Amin Talati Upadhye years of experience gained at some of the country’s leading law firms where he represented brand name manufacturers, direct-to-consumer marketers, and retail chains in product development, advertising and labeling, product safety and recalls. He responds to FDA warning letters and FTC investigations, prepares 510(k) premarket notifications for medical devices, and advises clients on ingredient reviews and product formulation
Ivan has been included in Best Lawyers® in America from 2007-2019. Recently he was named to Best Lawyers® 2018 Advertising Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Chicago. He was also awarded the 2017 Lexology Client Choice award for exemplary client service in the fields of Healthcare and Life Sciences in the District of Columbia.
Ivan is sought-after speaker on developments and enforcement trends impacting the advertising and labeling of health, wellness and beauty products at conferences and webinars, including the Food and Drug Law Institute, Natural Products Expos, SupplySide, Electronic Retailing Association, Council For Responsible Nutrition, Personal Care Products Council, and American Conference Institute. He is counsel to the International Probiotics Association, and is often quoted in national business and trade media, providing expert commentary and bylined articles.
During his down time, Ivan enjoys relaxing with his wife, dog and three daughters, whom he is educating on the nuances of his area of specialty: in this article he describes their discussions on why it is legal to call a martini “dry,” and the actual fruit content of Froot Loops.