Owner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C), Lynn L. Bergeson has earned an international reputation for her deep and expansive understanding of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), European Union Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), and especially how these regulatory programs pertain to nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology, and other emerging transformative technologies. Her knowledge of and involvement in the policy process allows her to develop client-focused strategies whether advocating before Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or other governance and standard-setting bodies. Ms. Bergeson counsels corporations, trade associations, and business consortia on a wide range of issues pertaining to chemical hazard, exposure and risk assessment, risk communication, minimizing legal liability, and evolving regulatory and policy matters pertinent to conventional, biobased, and nanoscale chemicals, particularly with respect to TSCA, FIFRA, Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), REACH and REACH-like programs, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) matters. She served as chair of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and has served in many Section leadership positions. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute, the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association, and the Product Stewardship Society, among other business and law organizations, and lectures and writes frequently on legal, regulatory, and science policy issues. Ms. Bergeson is also President of The Acta Group (Acta), B&C's scientific and regulatory consulting arm, which assists chemical and product manufacturers in marketing and sustaining their products globally, and President of B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C., which helps the chemical industry leverage resources and maximize impact by forming consortia to achieve shared research, testing, regulatory, and access goals.
BA, Michigan State University, 1975, magna cum laude JD, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, 1979, Law Review
District of Columbia, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2020 U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1982 U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1983
Professional Societies and Organizations:
American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) Bar Association of the District of Columbia Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia President, Product Stewardship Society Board of Directors, 2019 Member, Product Stewardship Society Board of Directors, 2015 -- Vice Chair, International Bar Association, Agricultural Law Section 2018 -- Appointed by Maryland Governor Martin OMalley to serve on the Washington College Board of Visitors and Governors, 2013-2016, and by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, 2016 - 2022 Vice Chair, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Committee on Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know, 2008-- Editor, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-To-Know Committee Newsletter Member, the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Governance Committee, 2013-2014 Chair of the Environment, Health, and Safety Committee of the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association Member, Industrial Biotechnology Journal, Editorial Board, 2014
Lynn L. Bergeson and Lara A. Hall, M&A activity in the analytical services sector points to consider, Financier Worldwide, January 2021. Lynn L. Bergeson, Effectively Managing Supply Chain Communications Under TSCA, Bloomberg Environment Insights, April 28, 2020. Lynn L. Bergeson and Christopher R. Blunck, Expert Focus What Are the Implications of the US EPAs Expected Final Rule on Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic Chemicals, Chemical Watch, March 26, 2020. Lynn L. Bergeson, Kathleen M. Roberts, and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Protecting the Value of Health, Safety StudiesEmerging TSCA Issues, Bloomberg Environment Insights, August 22-23, 2019.
Among the first U.S. law firms to assist several manufacturers of nanoscale chemical products obtain approval for their innovations under TSCA, and have devised and maintained product stewardship programs in multiple global jurisdictions to manage these nanoscale products effectively. Among the first law firms judicially to challenge a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) issued under TSCA Section 5 to eliminate or lessen commercial restrictions placed on the manufacture, processing, and distribution of a new chemical substance. Assists several biobased chemical manufacturers address difficult TSCA nomenclature and chemical identity issues and devise and implement product stewardship protocols to manage these products with downstream stakeholders. Assists clients prepare and obtain approvals for chemicals produced by intergeneric microorganisms.