Suzie Trigg is a go-to lawyer for companies tackling supply chain changes, having been lead outside counsel, among others, for:
A 7,500+ store retailer in negotiating supply chain agreements for transactions expected to total $25 billion over five years
Multiple global restaurant chains in updating supplier standards and supply chain agreements and in helping to address potential gaps in food safety
A global food company in restructuring a subsidiary's distribution network, including negotiating multiple termination and release agreements and a series of new agreements
A fresh produce company in developing agreements for use with growers, processors, storage facilities and others in the supply chain
A cosmetics company developing distribution agreements for use in three dozen countries
Suzie also helps companies lawfully market their products by helping them review labels, product claims and their substantiation, and by reviewing online promotional materials. Her experience in this area includes foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, personal care products, medical devices, jewelry, and decorative items. She frequently provides advice and guidance on strategies to reduce the risk of a demand, class action, or regulatory enforcement related to a product's labeling or promotion.
While much of her work focuses on managing legal risks and forming compliance strategies designed to minimize risk and avoid costly delays or setbacks, Suzie also helps companies quickly, thoroughly, and efficiently address obstacles, such as regulatory enforcement, potential product recalls, and disputes with distributors or other supply chain partners.
Given Suzie's experience, she often assists with mergers and acquisitions, including by leading due diligence of FDA regulated consumer products companies, negotiating ancillary agreements with supply chain partners, and helping address issues critical to deal closure, such as food safety concerns.
Suzie serves on FDLI's Food and Dietary Supplements Committee and previously served on FDLI's Writing Awards Committee. Suzie has completed coursework in food law through Michigan State University's Institute for Food Laws and Regulations and is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).
Suzie is actively involved in the ABA Forum on Franchising, regularly contributing to publications and Forum committees, and is a past Vice Chair of the Dallas Bar Association's Franchise and Distribution Law Section.
EducationJ.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 2006, with honors, Texas Environmental Law Journal
B.S., Animal Science, Texas A&M University, 2003
Significant AccomplishmentsFranchise and Product Distribution
Structured international distribution agreements for a cosmetic manufacturer intending to distribute products in over 30 countries and for a medical device manufacturer intending to distribute devices in over 20 countries.
Represented retailer of mobile and technology products in the negotiation of a development arrangement for 1,000 franchised locations in Southeast Asia.
Advised restaurant and hotel franchise systems in exemption-based franchising, development at airports, and development on military bases and Indian reservations.
Drafted and registered franchise disclosure documents for use in the U.S. and other countries.
Strategic Supply Chain Initiatives
Represented franchisor of two brands with over 500 restaurants in the formation of a purchasing cooperative.
Structured and implemented an international buying group for Fortune 500 mobile and technology products provider.
Represented ranch owner in structuring and documenting management relationship for joint venture producing specialty, premium brand of beef.
Represented produce company in drafting and negotiating agreements with growers, including for imported produce.
Advised leading bedding manufacturer on long term strategic supply chain initiative, including the negotiation and implementation of several third party logistics agreements, carrier agreements, first and second tier supply agreements and a variety of related service agreements.
Advised restaurant chains on the use of health claims and allergen declarations and warnings, on food safety and on new regulations affecting their operations, such as menu labeling.
Advised consumer packaged goods companies on product labeling and claims, including the use of "all natural", "organic", "gluten-free" and similar statements.
Advised meat company on the impact of certain animal husbandry practices on product labeling and promotion.
Drafted international good distribution practices manual for restaurant chain addressing food safety, supplier verification and related issues.
Assisted OTC-drug and cosmetic product manufacturer in responding to an FDA Form 483.
© Haynes and Boone, LLP, 2018