|[November 28, 2012]
Senior FDA Counsel William McConagha Joins Sidley Austin LLP in D.C.
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
Austin LLP announced today that William A. McConagha has
joined the firm in its Washington, D.C. office as a partner in its Food,
Drug and Medical Device Compliance and Enforcement and Food,
Drug and Medical Device Regulatory practices. Mr. McConagha joins
Sidley from the U.S. Food And Drug Administration (FDA). Most recently,
he has been on detail from the FDA acting as the Health Policy Advisor
to the Chairs of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Mr. McConagha has spent more than 17 years in high-level positions with
the FDA and he brings a deep knowledge of FDA regulatory and enforcement
matters to Sidley. While with the HELP Committee he played a key role in
negotiating, drafting and analyzing the FDA Food Safety Modernization
Act and FDA Food Safety and Innovation Act of 2012. He also counseled
Committee leadership on FDA-related aspects of the Health Care Reform
Legislation and provided counsel to the Chairman and Committee
leadership on all FD-related legislative matters pending before the
Committee during his tenure.
"Bill has a reputation for being a thoughtful and evenhanded regulator,
and his extensive experience dealing with FDA-related legislative
matters and some of today's most complex legal matters in FDA's Office
of Chief Counsel, will make him an valuable addition to our team," said Mark
Hopson, managing partner of Sidley's Washington, D.C. office. "We
welcome him and look forward to his many contributions."
Prior to his role with the HELP Committee, McConagha served the FDA in
many capacities, including as Assistant Commissioner for Accountability
and Integrity in the Office of the Commissioner, Acting Deputy Chief
Counsel, Associate Chief Counsel to the Center for Drug Evaluation and
Research, and Associate Chief Counsel for enforcement. During his
lengthy tenure, he has developed deep substantive experience in a wide
range of enforcement and regulatory matters, including Good
Manufacturing Practice and Quality System Regulation matters.
"Bill's vast experience dealing with the complex issues relating to FDA
compliance and enforcement will immediately make him a tremendous asset
to our clients," said Raymond
Bonner, head of Sidley's Food, Drug and Medical Device Compliance
and Enforcement Practice. "He joins our internationally recognized team
of lawyers focused on these issues, many of whom have also previously
held senior level Government positions. His broad background in both
legal and policy matters makes him a natural fit."
"I am pleased to be joining Sidley, a firm with a strong, global FDA
practice," said McConagha. "It provides the perfect platform for me to
utilize my years of government experience."
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