Winston S. Kirton


Washington, D.C.
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Winston Kirton advises both domestic and international companies that are facing regulatory challenges involving products and services regulated by the FDA, including biopharmaceutical, medical device, food and dietary supplements, in connection with corporate transactions, research and development, manufacturing and supply chain, and commercial regulatory and compliance matters. He also advises clients regarding legal disputes related to third-party contract manufacturing relationships, third-party supplier relationships and alliance-partner relationships.

Due to his significant experience with the complex FDA requirements, Winston is able to guide clients and their most significant deals through all aspects of FDA regulatory due diligence. He provides comprehensive advice to clients facing legal and regulatory challenges with products and services regulated by the FDA, including on how to address the FDA regulatory process. 

Winston accumulated in-depth international legal and business life sciences experience through a variety of in-house positions at several large multinational biopharmaceutical companies, particularly in the areas of quality and compliance, regulatory affairs, compliance and ethics and legal affairs. This allows him to provide clients with a holistic view of their regulatory matters when combined with his knowledge of the regulatory process for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, foods and dietary supplements.

Winston previously served as the head of compliance and ethics, while based in London, for a multinational U.S. pharmaceutical company, and was responsible for business units comprised of Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East-Asia-India, China and the Pacific Rim regions.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Key Lawyer in Healthcare: Life Sciences and Healthcare: Service Providers (2021)
    • Key Lawyer in Dispute Resolution: Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense (2021 to 2022)


  • Law360 Life Sciences Editorial Advisory Board (2021)
  • CPR Healthcare and Life Sciences Committee: Mitigating Risk in Life Sciences Transactions Task Force
  • Food and Drug Law Institute: Enforcement, Litigation, and Compliance Conference Planning Committee (2021 to 2022)


  • First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, NJ: Trustee
  • International Senior Lawyers Project: Volunteer Attorney
  • Women of Color in Pharma: Advisory Council


  • New Jersey
  • District of Columbia


  • M.M.B.A., Biopharma Innovation, Rutgers University, 2014
  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 2003
  • B.S., Biology, Niagara University, 1987