Suzie Trigg

Practices

Industries

Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 2006, with honors, Texas Environmental Law Journal

B.S., Animal Science, Texas A&M University, 2003

  • The Honorable Brian L. Owsley, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Texas
  • Institute for Food Laws and Regulations, Michigan State University

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2006

Profile

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 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.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition, Thomson Reuters, 2016.
  • Selected as Best in Supply Chain Negotiations – USA, Acquisition International 2015 Legal Awards, AI Global Media Ltd, 2015.

Rising Stars

Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Featured in Texas Rising Stars 2016

Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers once again maintained a strong showing in the recently released Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars directory, with 39 lawyers selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition, eight more than last year.


Published by Thomson Reuters in March 2016

Selected Client Representations

Franchise and Product Distribution

  • Structured international distribution agreements for a cosmetic manufacturer intending to distribute products in over 30 countries and for a medical device manufacturer intending to distribute devices in over 20 countries.
  • Represented retailer of mobile and technology products in the negotiation of a development arrangement for 1,000 franchised locations in Southeast Asia.
  • Advised restaurant and hotel franchise systems in exemption-based franchising, development at airports, and development on military bases and Indian reservations.
  • Drafted and registered franchise disclosure documents for use in the U.S. and other countries.

Strategic Supply Chain Initiatives

  • Represented franchisor of two brands with over 500 restaurants in the formation of a purchasing cooperative.
  • Structured and implemented an international buying group for Fortune 500 mobile and technology products provider.
  • Represented ranch owner in structuring and documenting management relationship for joint venture producing specialty, premium brand of beef.
  • Represented produce company in drafting and negotiating agreements with growers, including for imported produce.
  • Advised leading bedding manufacturer on long term strategic supply chain initiative, including the negotiation and implementation of several third party logistics agreements, carrier agreements, first and second tier supply agreements and a variety of related service agreements.

Regulatory Matters

  • Advised restaurant chains on the use of health claims and allergen declarations and warnings, on food safety and on new regulations affecting their operations, such as menu labeling.
  • Advised consumer packaged goods companies on product labeling and claims, including the use of “all natural”, “organic”, “gluten-free” and similar statements.
  • Advised meat company on the impact of certain animal husbandry practices on product labeling and promotion.
  • Drafted international good distribution practices manual for restaurant chain addressing food safety, supplier verification and related issues.
  • Assisted OTC-drug and cosmetic product manufacturer in responding to an FDA Form 483.

Selected Publications and Speeches

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:

  • "Food Labeling and Content Claims: Planning Ahead for the Updated Nutrition Facts Requirements," FDLI presentation, May 5, 2016.
  • "The Revised Nutrition Facts Panel and Update on Labeling of Foods from Genetically Engineered Plants," presentation to the Institute of Food Technologists, Longhorn Section, January 21, 2016.
  • Recent Developments in Food and Drug Law, 2016 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Dealing with Increased Enforcement, Keeping Up-To-Date with FDA Requirements, and Developing Compliance Practices (Inside the Minds)
  • “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

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