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Melissa M. Card

Of Counsel

  • Licensed Since: 2014
  • Joined Firm: 2017
38505 Woodward Ave.
Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
TEL: (248) 594-5679
FAX: (248) 901-4040
Areas of Practice
Honors & Awards
  • Best Oral Argument Award
  • Minnesota Law Review, Head Managing Editor
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Magna Cum Laude, J.D., 2014
  • University of Michigan, B.A., with honors, 2011
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Michigan, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan,
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan,

Melissa M. Card is a member of Plunkett Cooney's Administrative & Regulatory Law Practice Group and the Foodservice & Hospitality Industry Group. An of counsel attorney in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Ms. Card focuses her practice primarily in the areas of FDA regulations and litigation involving food and dietary supplements.

Ms. Card has extensive experience assisting food manufacturers on regulatory food and beverage law issues by ensuring companies comply with numerous federal regulations. This includes interpreting provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Food Safety Modernization Act, and other state and federal statutes pertaining to food and food additives.

A professor at Michigan State University College of Law since 2016, Ms. Card is a Global Food Law instructor and Associate Director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations.

Ms. Card graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School with a certification in Health Law and Bioethics.

Representative Client Work

  • Evaluates clients’ compliance with food and drug safety regulations
  • Interprets provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act;, Food Safety Modernization Act; and other state and federal statutes pertaining to food and drugs
  • Drafts and revises dietary supplement patent applications, food facility registrations, and food labels to ensure that they are constituent with regulatory requirements

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan (Health Law Section)
  • Food and Drug Law Institute


  • “The Role of Non-Profit Organizations In Shaping Food Law and Corporate Responsibility In the United States,” J. Food L. & Pol’y, author, fall 2017
  • “Self-Prescribing a Legal Overdose or Duped Into Deficiency? - Should Dietary Supplements Regulations Be Changed to Avoid Health Adversities?,” co-author, IFIS: Food and Health Information, white paper, fall 2017
  • “The Paradox of Clean Food and the Food Safely Modernization Act- Understanding the Law of the FDA Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule,” author, SMU Science and Technology Law Review, Fall 2016
  • “Local and State Governments Are Taking the Stage When It Is FDA’s Curtain Call - Are Local and State, Governments’ Safety Warnings Preempted by Federal Law?,” author, l2 J. Food L. & Pol’y, 2016
  • “Just a Spoonful of Sugar Will Land You Six Feet Underground: Should the FDA Revoke Added Sugar’s GRAS Status?,” co-author, 70 Food Drug L.J., 2015
  • “America, You Are Digging Your Grave with Your Spoon - Should the FDA Tell You That on Food Labels?,” author, 68 Food Drug L.J. 309, 309 (2013)


  • “Food Labeling: Can Labels Reshape the World?,” Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy, presenter, Bilbao, Spain, 2017
  • “Public Health Law Session: Health Behavior, Nutrition and Food Policy,” presenter, 40th Annual Health Law Professors Conference, June 2017
  • “Labeling Basics” webinar, presenter National Business Institute, June 2017
  • “FSMA: Preventive Controls Rule” webinar, presenter, National Business Institute, June 2017
  • “Nutrition Labeling: Can Labels Reshape the United States?,” presenter, Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2017 Annual Conference, L.V. Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, MI, May 5, 2017
  • “Do Consumers Understand Labeling?,” presenter, The Future of Food Law & Policy in Canada Conference, Schulich School or Law - Dalhousie University, Nov. 4, 2016
  • “Update: Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule,” presenter, Dedman School of Low Food Law Forum. Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Sept. 9, 20l6
  • “Nutritional Labeling: Can Labels Reshape the United States?,” Guest Lecturer, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University. Lansing, Ml, March 8, 2016

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