Kyla Kaplan

Associate

Kyla Kaplan received her B.S., J.D., and Master of Law (LL.M) focused in the various areas surrounding food, agriculture, and drug law. As an attorney, Kyla brings with her knowledge and awareness of innovative areas of FDA and USDA regulations. Prior to joining OFW, Kyla spent time working in diverse sectors subject to FDA and USDA regulatory law. This includes industry experience with both Tyson Foods and Walmart’s Food Safety and Compliance teams. Kyla also has experience working with federal and state agencies on water quality and environmental matters. Outside of employment experiences, Kyla also led the publication of two legal journals, participated in several food-focused nonprofits, and gained experience with legal clinics at the University of Maryland School of Law and Harvard Law School.

 

Kyla specifically chose to focus her career on regulatory law surrounding the evolving food supply system and applies this passion to help clients unpack complex changes. Her background in business, agencies, and nonprofits informs how she tailors her approach to assist clients in achieving their goals. 

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Assisting clients in understanding the major food laws such as the Federal Meat Inspection Act, Poultry Products Inspection Act, Egg Products Inspection Act, Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, (as amended, e.g., by the Food Safety Modernization Act), and Packers and Stockyard Act.
  • Advising clients on food safety and compliance 
  • Development of HACCP and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls;
  • Drafting Food Safety Management Systems and Safety Management Plans;
  • Support record keeping, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and FDA inspections, and the handling of corrective actions.
  • Advising clients on food labeling/advertising and food fraud issues 
  • Providing up to date advice on recent and emerging regulatory events, including, but not limited to: (1) Sesame addition to major allergens; (2) New baby food/infant food regulations; and (3) Cannabis/Hemp Law
  • Investigating enforcement issues arising from FSIS notices and FDA warning letters 
  • Supporting industry, suppliers, producers, and consumers with general recall issues 
  • Assist clients on environmental law and health law issues

Credentials

Education

University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, AK LL.M., Food Law, May 2021

University of Maryland Carey School of Law, Baltimore, MD J.D., Certified: Environmental & Health Law, May 2020

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI B.S., Environmental Studies, Journalism, Minor in Leadership, May 2017

Bar Admissions

Illinois

District of Columbia (pending)

Community Involvement

Food and Drug Law Institute

American Agricultural Law Association