With a focus on regulatory compliance, supply chain management and strategic growth, Suzie Trigg represents food, restaurant, cosmetic and medical device companies in product distribution and supply chain matters and mergers and acquisitions, and by advising on matters concerning the FDA and USDA.
Suzie Trigg is a go-to lawyer for companies tackling supply chain changes. Suzie combines her industry experience and sharp negotiating skills to help her clients procure and distribute safe, high quality products. Suzie has deep experience in this area, having represented:
- A 500+ unit restaurant chain and franchisor in the formation of a purchasing cooperative
- A 7,500+ unit retailer taking parts of its supply chain captive from third party providers
- A Fortune 500 consumer mobile products provider in structuring an international buying group
- A global consumer packaged goods company in restructuring a subsidiary’s distribution network
- A fresh produce company in developing agreements for use with growers, processors, storage facilities, and others in the supply chain
- A multi-national pizza chain in drafting Good Distribution Practices and Manufacturer Standards
- A national franchisee association in negotiating participation in supply chain decisions
- A ranch owner in structuring a joint venture producing a specialty, premium brand of beef
On FDA and USDA regulatory matters, Suzie’s clients have looked to her for advice on:
- Acquiring an FDA-regulated company
- Ensuring supply chain safety and quality
- Implementing new regulations
- Product labeling and claims, such as allergen declarations, using “natural,” “organic,” or “gluten-free,” and the impact of animal husbandry practices on product labeling and promotion
- Website and social media promotions
- An effective response to regulatory concerns, such as an FDA Form 483
Suzie has spoken at events hosted by the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI), ABA Forum on Franchising, International Franchise Association (IFA) and National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), including:
- “Cosmetics Claims: Origin and Composition, Natural, and Fragrance-Free,” FDLI webinar, June 2015
- “What’s Next for Labeling of Plant-Based Substitute [Foods],” Moderator, FDLI Annual Conference, April 2015
- “Food Trucks, Kiosks and Other Alternative Venues: Structuring and Drafting Issues,” 37th Annual ABA Forum on Franchising, October 2014
- "Meaningful Audit Systems,” FDLI Conference on Safeguarding the Functional Food and Dietary Ingredient Supply Chain, September 2013
Suzie serves on FDLI’s Food and Dietary Supplements Committee and previously served on FDLI’s Writing Awards Committee. Suzie remains actively involved in the ABA Forum on Franchising and is a past Vice Chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Franchise and Distribution Law Section. Suzie has completed coursework in international food law through Michigan State University’s Institute for Food Laws and Regulations and is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).
Suzie previously served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Advocacy Chair of the South/Central Texas Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and on the Executive Committee and as the Events Chair for the Young Leaders Society of the United Way of Central Texas.
Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, Suzie completed a judicial clerkship and served as Legislative Director for a State Representative. Suzie counts among her greatest experiences the opportunity to serve as an assistant for the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance in 2002, helping to plan a nationwide Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day.