Lewis A. Grossman

Professor of Law

Office: Room 328
Phone: 202-274-4363
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Lewis A. Grossman joined the faculty of the Washington College of Law in 1997. He became Professor of Law in 2003 and served as Associate Dean for Scholarship from 2008 to 2011. He teaches, writes, and speaks in the areas of food and drug law, health law, American legal history, and civil procedure.

Prior to joining the faculty of WCL, Professor Grossman was an associate at Covington & Burling LLP. Prior to that, he was clerk for Chief Judge Abner Mikva, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. Professor Grossman is coauthor (with Peter Barton Hutt and Richard A. Merrill) of Food and Drug Law: Cases and Materials 4th ed. (Foundation Press 2014). He is at work on a book tentatively titled You Can Choose Your Medicine: Freedom of Therapeutic Choice in American Law and History. His scholarship has appeared in journals such as Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics; Cornell Law Review; and Law and History Review.

Professor Grossman was a member of the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee for Review of FDA’s Role in Ensuring Safe Food (2009-10) and was a legal consultant for the IOM Committee on the Framework for Evaluating the Safety of Dietary Supplements (2002-04). He is on the Board of Directors of the Food and Drug Law Institute and is an active member of the American Society for Legal History. He earned his Ph.D. in History from Yale University, his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale University.



Areas of Specialization

  • Food and Drug Law
  • Legal History
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Health Law

Degrees & Universities

  • Ph.D., History, Yale University 2005
  • J.D., Harvard Law School 1990 (magna cum laude)
  • B.A., Yale University 1986 (summa cum laude)

  • Selected Publications

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    • Lewis A. Grossman, Presentation, FDA and the Rise of the Empowered Consumer (Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference, “The Food and Drug Administration in the 21st Century,” Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., May 3, 2013).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Panelist, Food & Drug Law: Past, Present, and Future: Celebrating Peter Barton Hutt’s 20 Years (thus far) at HLS (Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., Jan. 17, 2013).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Presentation, Transparency and Public Participation in FDA Regulation of Food Safety (Food Safety Workshop, Shanghai Food and Drug Administration, Shanghai, P.R.C., Dec. 11, 2012).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Presentation, Food Safety Regulation: Enforcement and Corporate Compliance (Sino-U.S. Workshop on Food Safety Law, Cosponsored by Law School of Central University of Finance and Economics and Yale Law School China Law Center, Beijing, P.R.C., Dec. 10, 2012).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Presentation, Transparency and Public Participation in FDA Regulation of Food Safety (Sino-U.S. Workshop on Food Safety Law, Cosponsored by Law School of Central University of Finance and Economics and Yale Law School China Law Center, Beijing, P.R.C., Dec. 9, 2012).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Panelist, Analyzing the Supreme Court’s Health Care Decision (American University Washington College of Law, D.C., June 28, 2012).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Panelist, Developments in Product Liability: Generic Drugs and the Boundaries of Preemption ("The Pharmaceutical Industry: Economics, Regulation, and Legal Issues,"Attorneys General Education Program Public Policy Conference, George Mason School of Law, Arlington, Va., May 3, 2012).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Presentation, U.S. v. Caronia (Plenary Panel on Cases to Watch, Food and Drug Law Institute Annual Conference, D.C., Apr. 25, 2012).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Commentator, On Victoria Woeste, “Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech," (Washington, D.C.-Area Legal History Roundtable, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, D.C., Apr. 13, 2012).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Panelist, Health Care Reform at the Supreme Court (American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Mar. 29, 2012).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Panel Moderator, Regulating Informally: Agency Use of Good Guidance, Warning Letters, and Other Nonbinding Means of Regulation (Administrative Law Review Annual Conference, “Interbranch Control of Regulation: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Influence and Agency Response,” American University, D.C., Feb. 17, 2012).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Presentation, You Can Choose Your Medicine: Therapeutic Freedom in American Law and History (Practicing Law in the Shadow of Medicine: The Regulatory State and Medical Practice in the 20th-Century United States, Annual Meeting of the American Association of the History of Medicine, Phila., Pa., May 1, 2011).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Presentation, West Virginia ex rel. McGraw v. Johnson and Johnson (Plenary Panel on Cases to Watch, Food and Drug Law Institute Annual Conference, D.C., Apr, 6, 2011).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Panelist, A Century in Food: Evolving Trends Affecting the U.S. Food Supply (Government Accountability Project Conference on Empowering Employees to Protect Food Integrity, American University, D.C., Feb. 11, 2011).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Presentation, The Varieties of Medical Freedom: A History of Therapeutic Libertarianism (Washington, D.C.-Area Legal History Roundtable, D.C., Apr. 30, 2010).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Participant, Plenary Panel on FDA Enforcement (Food and Drug Law Institute Annual Conference, D.C., Apr. 22, 2010).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Panel Chair, Biography and Legal History (American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting, Dallas, Tex., Nov. 14, 2009).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Panel Moderator, Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Legislation and Regulation Conference, Food and Drug Law Institute, D.C., Nov. 10, 2009).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Commentator, Morton Horwitz, “Brown v. Board of Education” (Warren Court volume of Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States, Washington College of Law Faculty Speaker Series, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Apr. 3, 2009).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Panel Presentation, ’From Savigny through Sir Henry Maine’: Roscoe Pound’s Flawed Portrait of James Coolidge Carter’s Historical Jurisprudence (Transatlantic Connections in Late Nineteenth-Century Legal Thought, American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting, Ottawa, Can., Nov. 15, 2008).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Presentation, ’The Benefits and Evils of Competition’: James Coolidge Carter’s Supreme Court Advocacy (Conference in Honor of Professor Morton Horwitz, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., Sept. 26, 2008).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Commentator, On Laura Kalman, Right Star Rising: American Politics and the Limits of Leadership in the Seventies, 1974-79 (Washington College of Law Faculty Speakers Series, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Mar. 28, 2008).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Participant, Law, Liberty and Custom in James C. Carter (Liberty Fund Colloquium, Indianapolis, Ind., Mar. 16, 2008).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Presentation, Mugwump Lawyering: James Coolidge Carter as Attorney (George Washington University Law School Scholarship Roundtable: Legal History, D.C., Sept. 29, 2006).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Participant, Hayek: The Common Law and Liberty (Liberty Fund Colloquium, Arlington, Va., July 13 - 16, 2006).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Panel, The Moral Common Law of the Gilded Age Anticodifiers on panel titled The Moral Judiciary in the Gilded Age (American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting, Austin, Tex., Oct. 10, 2004).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Speech, UnLangdellian Orthodoxy: The Common Law Jurisprudence of the Late Nineteenth Century Anticodification Movement (Southeastern Assocaition of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, Fla., July 25, 2004).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Presentation, Legal Issues in Long-Term Follow-Up of Gene Therapy Trials (American Society of Gene Therapy Workshop on Long Term Follow-Up of Gene Therapy Clinical Trials, June 2004).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Panel, Civil Procedure: The Historical Perspective, Putting Procedure in Perspective (Association of American Law Schools, N.Y.C., N.Y., June 18, 2003).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Panel, James Coolidge Carter and Mugwump Jurisprudence, Intellectual Biography and Intellectual History: The Example of Gilded Age Legal Thought (American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting, Princeton, N.J., Oct. 20, 2000).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Speech, Regulation of Genetically Modifed Foods, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Comes to Stanford (Stanford Law School, Stanford, Cal., Mar. 23, 2000).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Speech, Categorical Definitions of FDA-Regulated Products, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Comes to Stanford (Stanford Law School, Stanford, Cal., Mar. 23, 2000).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Speech, Teaching from A Civil Action (Annual Conference of the American Association for Paralegal Education, Bos., Mass., Oct. 14, 1999).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Speech, Untold Procedural Stories from (Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass, Jan. 30, 1999).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Testimony, Testimony before Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee regarding FDA regulation of tobacco products (Wash., D.C., Feb. 24, 1998).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Speech, FDA Regulation of Tobacco (Mealy Tobacco Conference, Chi., Ill., Sept. 18, 1997).
    • Lewis A. Grossman, Speech Presented by Peter Barton Hutt, A Brief and General History of Government Policy Concerning Patent Rights to Federally-Funded Pharmaceutical Inventions (Institute of Medicine's Roundtable for the Development of Drugs and Vaccines Against AIDS, National Academy of Sciences, Apr. 18, 1994).