MSU College of Law

Charles Woodhouse

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

Charles F. Woodhouse is an Attorney and Partner, in the law firm of Woodhouse Shanahan PA. Charles is admitted to the Bars of Pennsylvania, Florida, and the District of Columbia and to the US Court of International Trade in New York City and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC. Charles earned his BA at Dartmouth, MBA at Wharton (University of Pennsylvania), JD at Rutgers, and his Graduate Certificate in International Food Law & Regulation and MS Food Safety at Michigan State.

His MS Food Safety thesis at MSU received the 2011 Mather Food Safety Award.

He is active in the American Bar Association and currently serves as Co-Editor of the ABA’s publication, Food, Cosmetics, and Nutraceuticals News (Food, Cosmetics and Nutraceuticals Committee, ABA Science and Technology Law Section).

He has served as Guest Instructor in the US Food Law and Regulation course at MSU and is currently teaching Regulation of US Food Imports for the 2013 Fall Semester. His business career includes being a founding shareholder of Marine Harvest International (salmon, shrimp, and other fin-fish aquaculture) and service as its president during its years as a publicly traded company on the American Stock Exchange. Since 1999, Charles has devoted his full time to his law practice which specializes in regulatory matters affecting the seafood and produce industries which together account for nearly 50% of all Food Safety incidents in the USA and the EU. His Food Law Blog ( receives over 25,000 visits each month from Regulatory Food Science professionals. His law firm’s website is: and he can be contacted at e-mail address:

Charles divides his year between Scanno (Aquila) Italy, Atlanta, GA and Cedar Key, FL. His law practice includes European Union Food Industry Regulatory Compliance with a particular focus on EU Food Labeling Regulation.