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Gerald F. Masoudi Named FDA Chief Counsel


Gerald F. Masoudi has been appointed as associate general counsel/chief counsel of the Food and Drug Division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the General Counsel, which handles legal matters for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Since 2005, Masoudi has been deputy assistant attorney general in charge of International, Policy and Appellate Matters in the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. From 2004-2005, he served as principal deputy associate general counsel for the Food and Drug Division, serving for a time as acting associate general counsel. Before joining the Food and Drug Division, Masoudi was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

“We are pleased to have Jerry’s expertise and insight back at HHS,” said Commissioner of Food and Drugs Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D. “His leadership and service will be critical to FDA’s public health mission and regulatory responsibilities.”

Masoudi earned his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in 1990. He graduated with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He also clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


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