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Christopher Salisbury

Christopher J. Salisbury is a partner with Watkinson Miller specializing in food, nutrition, and agriculture law.  Mr. Salisbury has devoted the majority of his practice to delivering solutions to clients involved in the food and agribusiness realm, as both general counsel and on specific matters, particularly those related to federal and state government oversight, regulations, and opportunities.  He joined the firm in 2005 after serving in multiple capacities in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.  Mr. Salisbury has authored multiple statutes and regulations which have been enacted into law, both while working for the government and in private practice.  Mr. Salisbury possesses far-reaching first-hand familiarity with Congress and the federal regulatory process, in addition to extensive experience in the broad-based representation of companies, associations, and others involved in food and agribusiness.  


Former Jobs/Positions Held

Mr. Salisbury began his career as an aide to Senator Richard Lugar, serving as Professional Staff Member for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry under then-Chairman Lugar.  During his tenure on the Committee, Mr. Salisbury handled multiple issues for the Chairman and was closely involved in several major pieces of legislation, including the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002.  After leaving Capitol Hill, he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) as Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of International Affairs from 2003 to 2005. At FSIS, he worked on a broad array of the agency's regulatory work in both domestic and international contexts.  Mr. Salisbury joined the firm in 2005.


  • B.A., Indiana University, Bloomington

  • J.D., George Washington University

Bar & Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia Bar

  • Maryland State Bar

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