FEBRUARY 8, 2023 – Litigator Kimberly Bousquet has joined the nationally recognized Food + Beverage practice at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, expanding the team's litigation, regulatory, and counseling capabilities and positioning the group for further growth.
"Kim's passion for this industry infuses everything she does," said Jesse Lyon, co-chair of the DWT Food + Beverage industry group. "Our team motto is ‘no dabblers' and Kim absolutely lives up to that promise. She's earned the trust of some of the most important and innovative players in the industry and she understands their goals. She will be a tremendous asset to our firm and our clients as we continue to build out this market-leading team."
"I've had the pleasure of working alongside the DWT team in the past and have come to appreciate their distinct combination of skills," said Bousquet. "They're experienced, practical, and connected. This is a group that's committed to delivering transformational projects that provide better outcomes for all—and they're expertly equipped to do so. I'm extremely excited to join them."
Bousquet comes to the firm from Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis. She will continue to practice from her homebase in the Midwest, close by many of DWT's large clients. "We are excited to welcome Kim and support the growth of the firm's presence in the Midwest and our nationwide commitment to the food, beverage, and agriculture industry," said Harris Kay, partner-in-charge at DWT's Chicago office.
Whether clients need a swift remedy or a sophisticated long-term litigation strategy, Bousquet works diligently to identify the straightest path to a successful resolution. She has particular expertise with food and beverage labeling and other regulatory compliance issues involving the FDA, USDA, and other agencies—all areas of significant strength at DWT.
Bousquet has extensive experience with class actions and multidistrict litigation. Drawing on her post-graduate studies in ecology, conservation biology, and environmental studies, she's been a key player in national lawsuits related to the release of genetically engineered plants.
"Kim has a great understanding of the complex regulatory web in which our clients operate and incorporates that understanding into her litigation strategy," said Food + Beverage industry group co-chair Jacob Harper. "Her skill at helping companies make informed risk-benefit analyses complements her expertise at handling disputes if and when they arise. She is going to be a terrific addition to our team."
Bousquet grew up in rural Missouri and received her B.A. in biology from Drury University in Springfield, Mo. She went on to concurrently earn a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law and an M.S in environmental studies from the University of Oregon. She also earned an LLM degree in Food and Agricultural Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she developed a sophisticated appreciation of the legal needs and pain points of companies in the food and agriculture space.
"DWT's nationally recognized excellence across so many areas that are complementary to my practice—including advertising—makes the platform especially promising for me," said Bousquet. "The fact that the firm is well known as a national leader in advancing women was a big draw as well."
DWT's robust commitment to DEI is reflected across the firm. This past year, Law360 ranked the firm among the industry's top 5 "Ceiling Smashers." The Food + Beverage team is an early participant in the J.E.D.I. Collaborative, a group of leading natural products companies seeking to embed justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion into the food ecosystem.
About Davis Wright TremaineDavis Wright Tremaine LLP is an AmLaw 100 law firm with more than 600 lawyers representing clients based throughout the United States and around the world. The firm is the only one in the country that Chambers USA ranks as a Nationwide leader in both Food & Beverage categories: Alcohol and Regulatory & Litigation. Learn more at www.dwt.com.