Rebecca K. WoodJD
Rebecca K. Wood leads Sidley’s Food, Drug and Medical Device Regulatory practice and the D.C. Healthcare and FDA group. Until recently, Becky served as Chief Counsel to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At FDA, she worked on virtually every significant initiative addressed by the Commissioner and agency leadership. She was the principal legal advisor on major initiatives including efforts to streamline the drug and device development approval process, modernize the agency’s regulatory framework, combat addiction to opioids and nicotine, enhance the product safety and labeling of food and medical products, and address drug pricing. She also focused on First Amendment and preemption issues.
Prior to her time in government, Becky served as lead counsel on numerous litigation matters involving FDA regulatory issues and company-threatening litigation. Becky has significant experience in multidistrict litigation (MDL) and coordination, federal removal and jurisdiction issues, federal preemption, class actions, and multi-plaintiff cases, Frye and Daubert issues, and the defense of product liability and consumer fraud cases. Her expansive appellate experience also includes merits and amicus briefing to the United States Supreme Court, and briefing post-trial motions, appeals, and petitions for interlocutory appeal and mandamus relief for a variety of clients in federal and state courts nationwide.