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Heather Capell Bramble

Partner

A partner in Venable's Regulatory Practice, Heather Capell Bramble focuses her practice on advising clients on issues related to consumer products, consumer protection, emerging technology, legislative and government affairs, and financial services.

She is a seasoned senior policy advisor and litigator who has spent her career analyzing the various ways laws and regulations affect the markets, individual companies, and consumers. Importantly, she has done so from both sides—as a representative of a federal regulating body and while representing companies and individuals before federal agencies.

Most recently, Heather was chief counsel and policy advisor for Commissioner Marietta Robinson with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In that role, she provided critically important advice and counsel on all proposed consumer product regulations, and mandatory standards, as well as product recalls, administration litigation, and enforcement and settlement agreements, including referrals to the Department of Justice. Heather's consumer product expertise includes:

  • Section 15(b) mandatory reporting to the CPSC;
  • Advice on mandatory third-party testing and certification, including import requirements;
  • Consumer product compliance program assessment, design, development, implementation, and sustainment;
  • Operationalization of CPSC regulatory requirements, including the Consumer Product Safety Act, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, Federal Hazardous Substances Act, Flammable Fabrics Act, and Poison Prevention Packaging Act, in large, matrixed, and global organizations;
  • Effective design and implementation of product recalls;
  • Data-driven risk identification, regulatory reporting requirements, and related mitigation efforts;
  • Regulatory investigations and defect analysis, including substantial product hazard analysis and supply-chain review;
  • Expertise in leveraging the benefits of advanced technology of eCommerce marketplaces and resulting compliance issues;
  • Identifying critical issues and providing compliance advice for advanced and emerging technology products and the potential use and interaction with the Internet of Things related to safety, quality, and import concerns;
  • Reviewing relevant CPSC regulatory and compliance issues associated with manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of clothing, toys, and other children's products, sporting goods, household and electronic appliances, home furnishings, heating and cooling equipment, lighting products, computer equipment, lithium-ion batteries, building materials, packaging, pharmaceutical drugs, advanced and emerging technologies, and eCommerce; and
  • Robust affirmative regulatory advocacy on consumer product issues.

Prior to becoming an expert in consumer product law, Heather spent nearly a decade in private practice. During that time, she conducted large international internal investigations and represented clients before government agencies such as the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Department of Justice. She also advised institutional clients on how to prevent violations of relevant statutes and regulations by creating robust compliance programs with strong internal controls.

She began her legal career as a trial attorney at the CFTC as a member of the Division of Enforcement, where she investigated small commodity pools, boiler room operators, large futures commission merchants, and multinational energy trading conglomerates. She also litigated a diverse range of cases during her tenure, including simple investor and customer fraud, off-exchange futures trading, and complex manipulation.