Washington, DC

Azim Chowdhury

  • Associate
  • Direct Dial: +1 202.434.4230
  • Fax: +1 202.434.4646
  • Professional Assistants: Emma Castle-Grandstaff, Gaynelle Costner and Aileen Vaughn, Ph: +1 202.434.4347

    Washington, DC

    1001 G Street NW
    Suite 500 West
    Washington, DC 20001

Azim Chowdhury joined Keller and Heckman LLP in 2010 and practices in the area of food, drug and tobacco law.

Mr. Chowdhury advises domestic and foreign corporations in matters of FDA and international regulatory compliance. In particular, he assists corporations in establishing clearances for food and drug additives in the U.S., Canada, and European Union, with an emphasis on indirect additives used in food-contact materials.  Mr. Chowdhury has also developed expertise in tobacco product regulation and spearheaded the FDA Tobacco practice at Keller and Heckman.  Specifically, Mr. Chowdhury has experience representing tobacco and electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) manufacturers, suppliers and trade associations in matters of FDA regulatory and corporate compliance.  He is also a frequent contributor to the Tobacco Reporter, the Food and Drug Law Institute's (FDLI) Update magazine, edited and co-authored FDLI's manual, Tobacco Regulation and Compliance: An Essential Resource, and previously served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Food and Drug Law Journal.

Mr. Chowdhury also has an active pro bono practice through the firm's Pro Bono Program, and has been featured in the Baltimore Sun for successfully obtaining asylum in the United States for a family who fled their home country of El Salvador because of violence they faced from an international gang.

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Mr. Chowdhury practiced in the corporate and litigation groups of a large international law firm. He also served as judicial law clerk for the Honorable Timothy E. Meredith of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.  You can follow Mr. Chowdhury on Twitter @ECIGattorney for the latest news regarding e-cigarettes.  


Practice Areas


  • Johns Hopkins University
    • B.A., B.S., 2003
  • University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business
    • M.B.A., 2006
  • University of Maryland School of Law
    • J.D., 2006, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia


  • Maryland State Bar Association
    American Bar Association
    Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society
    Food and Drug Law Institute
    National Association of Muslim Lawyers
    J. Dudley Digges Inn of Court