Who We Are: Food, All Food and Nothing but Food

FIC Team

Food Industry Counsel is the only law firm in the U.S. that works with the food industry exclusively, helping food companies comply with FDA and USDA food safety regulations, coordinate crisis management and recall efforts, defend and pursue food safety claims, and reduce food safety exposure.

Our Legal and Consulting Services


FIC proactively consults with its clients about food safety risks. By understanding what the future could hold, these organizations are able to operate with confidence that they’re doing what they should to protect and strengthen their brands.


FIC thoughtfully steers its clients through food safety challenges. By rolling up our sleeves and getting out of the boardroom, we’re able to understand where things stand and what it will take to work through almost any situation.


FIC has a proven track record of thoroughly and satisfactorily resolving FDA and USDA concerns and regulatory issues. Our clients trust us to understand the bigger picture while attending to all the little details. 


FIC actively engages in the food industry, leading conversations about emerging scientific, regulatory and legal trends and contributing regularly to Meatingplace, The National Provisioner and Food Quality and Safety Magazine.

Meet the Team

Shawn K. Stevens

Founder, Food Industry Consultant and Lawyer

Joel S. Chappelle

Food Industry Consultant and Lawyer

Eric T. Rathke

Operations Manager and Environmental Engineer

Jessica L. Stevens

Food Industry Risk Management and Labeling Specialist