William McConagha



Bill McConagha, a partner in Sidley Austin’s Food and Drug practice, is a nationally recognized lawyer in Food and Drug law who has a unique combination of experience with enforcement, regulatory and legislative matters. He worked for more than 17 years at the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in a variety of capacities including as an Assistant Commissioner, a Senior Attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) and a Health Policy Advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). While in FDA’s Office of Chief Counsel, Bill handled enforcement and defensive litigation, prosecuted criminal cases as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, advised FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations, and provided regulatory counsel on a range of issues to the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), the Office of Regulatory Affairs, the Office of Combination Products, the Office of Policy, and four FDA Commissioners. As an Assistant Commissioner, Bill managed FDA’s Advisory Committee process, helped resolve scientific and procedural disputes with stakeholders, and helped develop new scientific dispute resolution policies. At the HELP Committee, he played a key role in drafting and negotiating the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 and the FDA Safety and Innovation Act of 2012. He also counseled Committee leadership on the FDA-related aspects of the Health Care Reform Legislation.

He received his BA, magna cum laude, from Carleton College and his JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.



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Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., Carleton College