Areas of Practice
  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2009
  • Boston University in Political Science, History, B.A., 2004, magna cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Deborah C. Attwood

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: + 1 202 429 3025
FAX: + 1 202 429 3902

Deborah C. Attwood is an associate at Steptoe, where she is a member of the Environment & Life Sciences Group.  She assists businesses with the global legal and regulatory activities for human and pet food, animal feed, food and drug packaging, and medical devices.  Ms. Attwood works with clients to obtain essential premarket regulatory approvals and to resolve compliance issues that may arise at both the federal and state level.  She has successfully obtained premarket clearances involving Food Contact Notifications (FCN), animal feed Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) Notifications, Canadian Letters of No Objection (LONO), and listings on the US Department of Agriculture's Directive 7120.1, the European Union's Plastics Regulation, and China's GB 9685.  Ms. Attwood also works with clients to establish the regulatory status of products for which specific premarket approval may not be necessary.  She supports companies with the development of new compliance programs in response to new laws and regulations, such as the Food Safety Modernization Act and California's Green Chemistry Initiative.

Ms. Attwood has significant experience addressing inter-agency jurisdictional issues involving regulation by the Food and Drug Administration, US Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, and Federal Trade Commission.  She can help establish the status of regulated products worldwide, leveraging existing clearances from the US and EU to expand into new markets, such as Asia-Pacific and South America.

Ms. Attwood also works with trade associations and companies to develop responsive strategies to new legislative and regulatory initiatives, at the US federal and state levels, and internationally, such as in the EU, China, or MERCOSUR.

Prior to joining Steptoe, Ms. Attwood was an associate in the Washington office of a leading international law firm.  While attending The George Washington University Law School, Ms. Attwood clerked for the US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and US Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor.  Prior to law school, Ms. Attwood was a paralegal for a law firm in Boston defending against toxic tort litigation.