“Brilliant, highly strategic and consistently on schedule with work”
“Has a talent for understanding the nuances of engaging the FDA or policy makers in a constructive rather than confrontational way” 
“Has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of FDA regulations”
“Gets FDA matters resolved quickly as he has the contacts and relationships and really gets the perspective of the government” 
“Extraordinarily knowledgeable, always available, hard-working, and strategic in his thinking”Chambers USA 2010-2020

John R. Manthei

Washington, D.C.
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA

John Manthei, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and Global Chair of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice, focuses his practice on regulatory matters involving the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries.

Mr. Manthei’s practice includes assisting clients with all aspects of the FDA-regulated product life cycle, including, among others:

  • Pre-market development
  • FDA product submissions

  • Development of market exclusivity strategies

  • Drafting and negotiation of both US and international clinical trial agreements

  • FDA and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulation of marketing and promotion of products

  • Quality System Regulation and Good Manufacturing Practice requirements (including assisting in third-party audits and drafting SOPs)

  • FDA inspections

  • Recalls

  • FDA and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) export and import requirements

  • Civil and criminal compliance and enforcement

Mr. Manthei has also been involved extensively in Administrative Procedures Act litigation, including successfully challenging the Agency in Sottera/NJOY v. FDA, Commonwealth v. FDA,  Pacira Pharmaceuticals v. FDA, Eagle Pharmaceuticals v. FDA, and Endo/Par Pharmaceuticals v. FDA, as well as successfully intervening to defend FDA actions on behalf of clients in Teva v. FDAWeyth Pharmaceuticals v. FDA, and  Athenex v. FDA.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Manthei served as Majority Counsel for the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce (1998 – 2000). In this capacity, he counseled the Full Commerce Committee, the Health and Environment, and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairmen, as well as the House Leadership on matters relating to the FDA and legislation concerning the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Public Health Service Act, and the Controlled Substances Act. Since 2000, Mr. Manthei has represented the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries as counsel in nearly every major FDA legislative initiative. He has also testified before Congress on several occasions involving FDA and DEA regulatory and enforcement matters.

Mr. Manthei has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA (2010-2020), as a Life Sciences Industry Star by LMG Life Sciences (2012-2020), and as a Leading Lawyer in the Healthcare: Life Sciences category by The Legal 500 US (2012-2020). Mr. Manthei was also recently inducted into the The Legal 500 US' Hall of Fame, a distinction shared with only four others across all legal practice areas nationwide. In addition, he was named a Life Sciences MVP by Law360 (2016) and as a Trailblazer by the National Law Journal (2018). He has been repeatedly recognized by Washingtonian magazine, including as one of Washington's Best Lawyers (2013) and one of the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 (2006). Mr. Manthei currently serves as outside FDA counsel to the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA).

Mr. Manthei has authored numerous articles and has been a featured speaker and lecturer on FDA regulatory and enforcement matters at events sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA), the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), AdvaMed, MDMA, BioCom, BayBio, the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI), the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), GMA, Harvard University, Stanford University, and MIT, among others. Mr. Manthei also serves on the editorial boards of BNA’s Medical Device Law & Industry Report and LifeSciencesLaw 360.

In addition, Mr. Manthei has been quoted in CBS NewsWashington Post, CNN, USA Today, CNBCBoston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, Business Week, and other leading national and international business journals on FDA regulatory, enforcement, and policy matters.

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