John Balzano is a partner in the New York office of Covington and Burling. Mr Balzano’s practice focuses on advising drug, medical device, cosmetics, food and dietary supplement companies on issues of regulatory compliance, strategy and advocacy in China. His practice spans the life cycle of these products, from the research and development stage of development through to post-marketing and promotional issues. Prior to joining Covington, Mr Balzano taught Chinese law and regulation at both Yale Law School and Boston University Law School. He worked with the China Law Center of Yale Law School to run administrative law and food and drug law projects with various scholars and government agencies in China. Mr Balzano has been a litigation attorney, and clerked for the Hon Joette Katz of the Supreme Court of Connecticut and the Hon Steven M Gold of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He received his JD and master’s in East Asian studies from Washington University in St Louis and his bachelor of arts degree in East Asian languages and cultures from Columbia University.