Will Woodlee is a partner who joined Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker in 2010.

Will’s practice focuses primarily on counseling and advocating on behalf of food, dietary supplement, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, medical device, tobacco, cannabis/hemp, and consumer product companies on regulatory and advertising law matters.  In particular, he:

  • Provides practical, creative, and strategic advice to help clients achieve their business goals in compliance with laws implemented and enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Drug Enforcement Administration, and related federal, state, and local agencies;
  • Represents clients before and against these agencies, including in the context of rulemaking and guidance development proceedings, facility and import inspections, premarket submission reviews, enforcement actions, and legal challenges to agency action;
  • Assists clients with developing, reviewing, defending, and challenging advertising copy and claim substantiation;
  • Provides due diligence and related services to clients in transactional matters involving regulated entities;
  • Assists clients with internal and other (e.g., CRO) investigations involving regulatory issues; and
  • Provides guidance on the design and implementation of sweepstakes, contests, and related promotional programs, especially those conducted using social media.

Will has previously served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Food and Drug Law Journal, the Food and Drug Law Institute’s (FDLI’s) Food, Dietary Supplements, and Cosmetics Committee, and the Editorial Advisory Board of FDLI’s Update magazine.  He frequently writes and speaks about the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, and he served as editor for FDLI’s The Food Safety Modernization Act: A Comprehensive, Practical Guide to the Landmark Legislation.  He has extensive experience with the regulation of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and other nicotine-containing products at the federal, state, and local levels.  He also has extensive experience with the complex and evolving regulation of products derived from cannabis, including hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) products.

For 2015-2018, Super Lawyers named Will a “Rising Star” of the Washington, DC, metro area’s “Food & Drugs” bar.  He earned his BA from Wake Forest University, graduating magna cum laude, with Honors in English, and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He earned his JD from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he served as an Executive Editor for the Wake Forest Law Review.