Steven J. Gonzalez Associate 202-800-3511
Steven J. Gonzalez


Steven focuses his practice on FDA regulatory matters and advises life sciences and health care clients on a broad range of pre- and post-market regulatory and compliance issues under the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act and related laws, including product development and marketing approval, advertising and promotion, and inspection and enforcement matters. Steven also routinely provides regulatory counsel for corporate transactions, license and collaboration agreements, manufacturing and supply arrangements, and public and private securities offerings involving drug, device, cosmetic, food, and dietary supplement companies.

Prior to joining Hyman Phelps & McNamara, Steven was an associate in the FDA regulatory department of a large international law firm in Washington D.C. While in law school, Steven assisted pro bono clients as part of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and was the President of the Harvard Food Law Society.

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2017; Executive Editor, Harvard Law and Policy Review
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012, Cum Laude


District of Columbia


  • Provide FDA regulatory assessment memoranda for medical devices, including both Hardware and Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) products such as Clinical Decision Support, Medical Device Data Storage, Mobile Medical Applications, General Wellness products.
  • Regularly assist medical device companies with FDA premarket communications, including drafting pre-submission meeting requests, pre-requests for designation of combination products, 513(g) requests for classification of devices, and EUA, 510(k), de novo, or premarket approval applications.
  • Draft and present administrative appeals of FDA denials of 510(k) applications.
  • Advise on responses to FDA Warning and Untitled Letters to medical device companies.
  • Assist companies with postmarket activities, including determinations, reporting and communications with customers regarding recalls and medical device reporting.
  • Respond to and draft trade complaints from or to competitor medical device companies alleging regulatory violations.
  • Conduct review of advertising and promotional materials for medical device companies.
  • Perform FDA due diligence for IPOs and follow-on offerings of early and late-stage pharmaceutical and biotech companies and other acquisitions and investments in FDA-regulated firms on behalf of both private equity and strategic buyers.
  • Counsel companies regarding informed consent, IBR approval, and IDE requirements for clinical research.
  • Draft commercial regulatory contracts, including supply, distribution, laboratory services, and quality agreements.


Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, FDLI/CDRH In-House Training, Product Problems/Adverse Events, November 2023 and September 2023.
  • Lecturer, George Washington University, BME 6481Regulatory Law for Medical Devices, Spring 2023.