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Jessica Wasserman


Jessica Wasserman is a partner in the International, Government Relations and Cannabis Law practice groups at Greenspoon Marder LLP. She has extensive experience in politics, lobbying, regulatory advocacy including Food and Drug Administration regulated products, and law. Ms. Wasserman has held senior positions in the Executive Branch involving international economic and trade policy, at the Department of Commerce and Department of Agriculture. Ms. Wasserman also works regularly with the U.S. Congress.

Ms. Wasserman has assisted clients with planning foreign investments in the United States, including supply chain sourcing considerations and CFIUS reviews. She has also advised on regulatory and related risk for companies planning investments in a range of particular markets.

She also works with growers, manufacturers and marketers of foods and beverages, dietary supplements/medical foods, and cosmetics on FDA, USDA, and FTC regulatory issues. More recently, she has gained thorough experience working with all aspects of hemp and CBD products. She advises clients at all points in the supply chain: farmers, food manufacturers, distributors of packaged goods, and retailers. Drawing on her years of work at the USDA and with the FDA—on issues including phytosanitary/APHIS, organic regulations, nutritional labeling, BE labeling and food safety, among others—Jessica has you covered from farm to fork.

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Michigan


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1984
  • B.A., St. John’s College, 1981

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Destination DC Tourism Board, Mayoral Appointee, 2016-Present
  • Elected DC State Committee Delegate, 2014-2016
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, Elected DC City Official, 2016-2018
  • Women in International Trade, VP for Corporate Membership, 2018-Present

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Impacts of the U.S. – China Trade and Tariffs Dispute,” American Herbal Products Association Botanical Congress, October 19, 2019
  • Speaker, “CBD From Seed to Shelf: The Supply Side Story,” 2019 SupplySide West, October 16, 2019
  • Speaker, “In Legal Limbo: Federal Cannabis Laws at the Crossroads,” American Bar Association’s (ABA) Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Cannabis Conference, September 19, 2019
  • Speaker, “Overcoming Regulatory Obstacles: Challenges with FDA, USDA and Individual States” American Herbal Products Association’s Hemp-CBD Supplement Congress, August 15, 2019
  • Speaker, “Deal or No Deal? – USMCA and Rules of Origin”,  98th Annual AAEI Conference & Expo: Trade In A Shifting World, June 26, 2019
  • Speaker, “CBD and Hemp Update”,  The Seminar Group’s “Business of Marijuana” Seminar, June 20, 2019
  • Speaker, “The Current State of Hemp,” California Cannabis Industry Association 4th Annual Policy Conference, March 20, 2019
  • Speaker, “FDA, States, and an Uncharted Regulatory Frontier,” Consumer Federation of America National Food Policy Conference, March 14, 2019
  • Speaker, “Cannabis Law Trends,” 2019 Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Legal Conference, March 12, 2019

In the News


  • Author, “Implications of Formal FDA Regulatory Framework for CBD,” Natural Products Insider, August 2019
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