Richard Fama


Rich has a national reputation for successfully representing businesses in complex litigation and consumer class action lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the United States. 

He regularly defends companies in the food, pet food, beverage, dietary supplement, cannabis, and consumer products industries in labeling and advertising claims, class action consumer fraud actions, product liability lawsuits, mass and toxic tort litigation, and business disputes.  Understanding and appreciating the costs, distractions, and potential reputational damage associated with litigation, Rich actively assists companies in mitigating their risks of litigation by advising them on litigation trends and regulatory compliance.  Specifically, he advises clients on applicable federal, state and industry regulations, guidelines and standards, including those promulgated by the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Federal Trade Commission and the Association of American Feed Control Officials.  He also regularly advises clients on compliance with California’s Proposition 65, country of origin or so-called “Made-in-the-USA” claims, and recent state regulations governing PFAS in product packaging. Rich successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on the applicability of California’s “Made-in-the-USA” labeling law. Rich also guides clients through the  complexities associated with consumer and food product recalls. 

Rich frequently speaks on consumer class action and product regulatory and product liability issues and has authored and co-authored several articles on class action litigation and product regulatory compliance, including compliance with Made-in-the-USA labeling laws. 




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Hazy Regulations, Huge Reward

March 13, 2019

Rich Fama discussed with Marijuana Ventures the rise of CBD products and the lack of clarity at the federal level on regulating CBD.

Food Allergy Lawsuits Can Be a Tough Nut to Crack

July 11, 2016

Richard Fama, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's General Litigation practice, discusses how food allergy lawsuits can be tough to litigate in the Legal Intelligencer.

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Speak On Food & Product Recall Strategies For Mealey’s

April 30, 2008

Two Cozen O’Connor members recently participated in the Mealey’s Food and Product Recall Business Strategies Conference, held in Las Vegas.


Making Sense of "Made in the USA"

July 30, 2020

Richard Fama and Brenden Coller contributed an article to Retail Leader discussing what “Made in the USA” really means and if the definition of that phrase will change given the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent announcement of a proposed rule governing “Made in the USA” claims.

What Marketers Should Know About the Regulation of CBD-Based Products

August 05, 2019

Richard Fama & Kristin Keehan discuss the different regulatory bodies as well as various state laws that create these challenges for companies marketing CBD-containing products.

Avoiding a Legal Hangover [Bar Business Magazine]

August 01, 2019

Richard Fama and Dean Porter contributed an article to the Bar Business Magazine discussing different types of bar and restaurant advertisements along with the federal regulations behind it.

CBD-Based Products: What Marketers Should Know in Today's Uncertain Regulatory Landscape [Cannabis Business Executive]

July 15, 2019

Richard Fama and Kristin Keehan contributed an article to CBE discussing the high demands of CBD-containing products along with concerns from the FDA.

What does the legalization of CBD mean for marketers? [Marijuana Venture]

April 09, 2019

Richard Fama and Kristin Keehan published an article to the Marijuana Venture Magazine discussing the different markets obtained by this product and how Congress is reacting.

Summer 2007 [Commercial Disputes Observer]

August 01, 2007

Summer 2007 - Commercial Disputes Observer -


  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 1993
  • New York Inst. of Technology, B.S., 1987
  • New York
  • Defense Association of New York
  • New York State Bar Association
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York