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Joe Lederman - Managing Principal

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Joe Lederman as Managing Principal of FoodLegal heads up our team of lawyers and consultants.  Aside from representing clients across all food sectors, Joe also has clients in life sciences and therapeutics fields.


Joe Lederman has been an Adjunct Professor of Food Law at Deakin University specializing in Food and Nutrition Law. (2006 – 2009)

After graduating in law from the University of Melbourne in 1977, Joe Lederman’s work for many years centered on commercial and revenue law. He was recognised and accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as an Accredited Specialist in Business Law and as an Accredited Specialist in Taxation Law. In 1986, he founded the Australian law firm Baldwins. With a background in advising on revenue law and commercial law for food companies, Joe established the original Australian food law websites “Australian Food News” and “Food Law and Policy Australia” (Australian Food News is now operated through an associated company as an independent commercial business news service for the food industry online).

Since 1998 and ongoing, Joe Lederman has been the principal author and contributing editor for the “Food Law” section of “Halsburys Laws of Australia”, published by law publishers Lexis-Nexis (formerly Butterworths) . This is Australia’s main encyclopedia of Australian laws. Joe has also edited CCH Australia’s “Food Safety Guide”. He has contributed research papers to academic journals and has written a chapter on Australian food laws in a text book on comparative international food laws published in Mandarin by Shantou University in China.

For many years, Joe Lederman has written papers and spoken at numerous industry seminars on a wide range of food industry topics.

In 2012 and 2010, Joe Lederman was a speaker at the Ausbiotech National Conference of Australia's Biotechnology industry.

Joe Lederman is one of the inaugural members of the global Food Lawyers Network (FLN) founded in Cologne in 2007, and Joe has delivered addresses to the FLN (either in person or by remote delivery) on at least three occasions.

Joe has delivered or been a regular keynote speaker at numerous FoodLegal Symposiums and training courses and also at various food regulatory or labelling law workshops around Australia.

Many people receive “FoodLegal Bulletin” which is edited by Joe Lederman and which is Australia’s premier food law publication (distributed on-line through Lawmedia Pty Ltd) in relation to topical food issues. One can subscribe to the FoodLegal Bulletin database here.