Jason Foscolo Founder and Managing Partner
Jason is the founder and managing partner at the firm. Prior to leading the way in the area of Food Law, Jason was a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps. After separating with an honorable discharge after five years of active duty, Jason combined his love of food with his professional expertise and earned an LLM in Agriculture and Food Law at the University of Arkansas.
Jason has authored several legal articles, provides expert opinion on food policy for media outlets, and appears regularly as a panelist and speaker at seminars for food businesses and the legal field.
Jason provides veterans with pro-bono business and food law guidance and donates his time to the growth of food start-ups everywhere. Jason currently serves as a Major in the New York Air National Guard.
Though he runs a nation-wide law practice, he lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with his wife and three kids. He spends his free time traveling, foraging for mushrooms (chanterelles are his favorite), cooking, hiking, gardening, and eating things across his home range of the Hudson Valley.
Moshe D. Lapin Of Counsel
Moshe Lapin brings years of high caliber corporate law experience to The Food Law Firm in an ‘of counsel’ capacity. Moshe focuses his legal practice on assisting businesses and entrepreneurs in the areas of intellectual property, business law and litigation. He has handled well over a thousand trademark and copyright matters, and has successfully litigated and negotiated settlements with some of the largest North American brands – including Time Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Motors, Apple Inc. and Blackberry. Mr. Lapin assists companies in many areas of corporate practice, including entity formation and related contracts, partnership/shareholders’ agreements, service agreements and employment contracts. Mr. Lapin litigates cases at the federal trial level and also handles federal appeals at the United States Courts of Appeal. Mr. Lapin received his BA in Talmudic Law from Yeshiva College of the Nation’s Capital and his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School. He is admitted to the State Bars of California, Maryland and the United States Virgin Islands.
William J. Senior Of Counsel
William Senior serves as the Principal of William J. Senior Law Office and as ‘of counsel’ to The Food Law Firm. William’s practice advises clients on a wide range of regulatory issues related primarily to FDA-regulated products including food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, and dietary supplements. He has extensive experience successfully navigating numerous regulatory bodies such as the FDA, USDA, CBP, CPSC, DEA, TTB, FTC, and various state agencies. William is a Southern California native and a graduate of CSULB and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. With William joining the team, The Food Law Firm continues to expand it’s reach to further aspects of the Food, Beverage, Supplements, and Cosmetic industries.
John B. Diefenbach Of Counsel
John is a seasoned trial lawyer who, prior to teaming up with the Food Law Firm, served as a military lawyer with the rank of Major in the United States Marine Corps, was an equity partner and lead litigator in a national law firm, and more recently served as the Director of Litigation for Gruma Corporation d/b/a Mission Foods. In his role as Director of Litigation, John was responsible for an enormous national portfolio of legal matters, which included countless lawsuits, class actions, and investigations.
Although based in Dallas, Texas, John’s practice focuses on representing clients in the food industry throughout the United States in a variety of matters including commercial and business litigation, product liability, employment litigation, contract negotiations, trademark enforcement, labeling claims, and product recalls. John is licensed to practice in Texas and Virginia.
Helbraun & Levey LLP Of Counsel
Helbraun & Levey LLP is New York’s premier full-service law firm focused on the
legal and licensing needs of the hospitality industry. The firm represents first time entrepreneurs, multi-unit operators, hotel F&B management groups, general managers, chefs, developers and all other industry folks. Helbraun Levey is the one-stop shop for the industry and handles corporate, real estate, employment and litigation matters and is also known as the go-to firm for all liquor licensing in NY State. The firm’s hallmark traits include warm, responsive customer service, in-depth industry knowledge and a welcoming firm culture.