Hyman Phelps and McNamara
Thomas Scarlett
Senior Counsel
Photo of Thomas Scarlett

(202) 737-5600

B.A., summa cum laude, Columbia University
J.D., Order of the Coif, Yale Law School

Bar Admissions
District of Columbia

Printer Friendly Page

Tom Scarlett joined Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C. as a director in 1989. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Scarlett held several positions in private practice and with the government. Following his graduation from Yale Law School, Mr. Scarlett became an associate at a major D.C. firm from 1969-1971, then joined the Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Health and Human Services as a staff attorney in the Social and Rehabilitation Services Division. In 1973 he became a trial attorney in FDA Chief Counsel's Office, where he served until 1979, concluding as Deputy Chief Counsel for Regulations and Hearings. After practicing in the D.C. office of an international law firm from 1979 to 1981, he was appointed Chief Counsel of FDA, a position he held until 1989, when he joined the firm.

Professional Affiliations
Board of Editors, Food, Drug, Cosmetic Law Journal, 1988-1993

Awards & Recognition
HHS Secretary's Special Citation, 1989
FDA Commissioner's Special Citation, 1987
FDA Award of Merit, 1983, 1985, 1986
PHS Superior Service, 1984
HHS Exceptional Achievement, 1983
HHS Bronze Medallion, 1983
HHS Superior Service, 1976
Yale Law Journal, 1967-1969
Phi Beta Kappa, 1965

Articles / Publications   
The Evolution and Resurgence of Strict Liability Criminal Prosecutions Under the Park Doctrine,  October 8, 2010

Speaking Engagements   
Evolution of FDA and the Park Doctrine,  October 8, 2010