Eric M. “Rick” Blumberg, 69, who was a top lawyer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, died March 7 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

He had a stroke, said his son, David Blumberg.

Mr. Blumberg, a resident of Gaithersburg, began working in the FDA’s legal office in 1970. He was deputy chief counsel for litigation from 1991 until his death. He was active in legal cases involving public health and had a leading role in enforcing FDA regulations.

Eric Michael Blumberg was a Washington native and a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. He graduated in 1966 from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., and from Georgetown University law school in 1969.

He received professional awards for his work at the FDA.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Elaine French Blumberg of Gaithersburg; two children, David Blumberg and Jennifer Lazhar, both of Ashburn; a brother; and two grandsons.

— Matt Schudel