Michael Blume focuses his practice on compliance, consumer fraud, and corporate liability for clients in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, food, dietary supplements, medical device, consumer products, and financial services industries. He has significant experience with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA); the False Claims Act; the Federal Trade Commission Act; and the Consumer Product Safety Act, among others. Mr. Blume has tried a variety of civil and criminal matters in federal court, and has managed investigations involving a variety of state and federal civil and criminal agencies, including the FBI, United States Postal Inspection Service, FDA, FTC, and state attorneys general.Prior to joining Venable, Mr. Blume served as Director of the Consumer Protection Branch at the U.S. Department of Justice. As the leader of a proactive, innovative prosecuting arm of the DOJ, he gained considerable experience investigating and prosecuting an array of business crimes, primarily focusing on food, drug, and medical device safety; financial fraud; and consumer product safety.
During his tenure, he prioritized financial fraud, food safety, and mass marketing cases leading to precedent-setting prosecutions, and he worked to strengthen partnerships with consumer protection regulators worldwide and nationwide. Mr. Blume worked with leaders across multiple components of the DOJ and at numerous government agencies, including U.S. Attorneys' Offices nationwide, the FDA, FTC, CSPC, and state attorneys general. Read more