General Session: Foodborne Illness Outbreak Mock Criminal Trial – A View from the Jury Box


Session Highlights:

  • Listen to federal prosecutors as they argue why Lynn White, V.P. of Food Safety for a company that caused a Listeria outbreak, should be criminally convicted.
  • Learn about the scope of potential criminal exposure you may face if your products are associated with an outbreak.
  • Learn about the different types of evidence and arguments federal prosecutors will use to convict food company executives.
  • Identify strategies that you can implement in your organization today to protect yourself and your company from criminal exposure.
  • Deliberate the evidence as jurors in the trial and vote whether to convict or acquit Ms. White.
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Joel Chappelle

Food Industry Consultant and Lawyer

Food Industry Counsel LLC

For more than a decade, Attorney Joel Chappelle has been helping food companies resolve their most pressing legal and regulatory challenges. Today, Mr. Chappelle counsels clients from coast to coast, helping them identify and mitigate risk, achieve regulatory compliance, and litigate complex cases. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Chappelle is a well-known and highly regarded speaker who frequently presents to national audiences, executive suites, and governmental regulators on a diverse array of food industry issues. Mr. Chappelle’s writing is regularly featured in magazines, trade publications, and on the websites of the premier industry advocacy organizations.

Shawn Stevens

Founder, Food Industry Consultant and Lawyer

Food Industry Counsel LLC

Shawn Stevens is the founding member of Food Industry Counsel LLC, the only law firm in the United States that represents the food industry exclusively. As a food industry consultant and lawyer, Mr. Stevens works with food industry clients (including the world’s largest growers, processors, restaurant chains, distributors and grocers) helping them protect their brand by complying with FDA and USDA regulations, reducing risk, managing recalls, and defending high-profile foodborne illness claims. Mr. Stevens also speaks regularly to national and international audiences on a wide variety of emerging scientific, regulatory and food safety legal trends. Additional information about his practice can be found at


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