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  • Fax: +86 21.6335.1618
  • Professional Assistant: Catrina Sun, Ph: +86 21.6335.1000


    The Bund Center
    Suite 3604
    222 Yan'an Dong Lu
    Shanghai 200002
    P.R. China

David Ettinger is the chief representative in Keller and Heckman’s Shanghai, China office. Mr. Ettinger counsels multinational companies on the import and export of food and food-related products to ensure compliance with regulations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He also counsels clients on compliance with the laws and regulations in China regarding consumer products and tobacco-related products, such as e-cigarettes. Mr. Ettinger worked in the firm’s Washington, DC and Brussels offices, and is uniquely positioned to counsel foreign companies who need to navigate the regulatory landscape in Asia. In China, he handles compliance and enforcement matters ranging from ingredient and labeling to product seizure and detention, to food and consumer product recalls and consumer complaints.

Mr. Ettinger is on the Executive Board and incoming Deputy Chair of Mackrell International (a global network of over 90 international law firms). He is Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai’s Food, Agriculture & Beverage Committee and member of Keller and Heckman’s Marketing Committee. He is a frequent lecturer and author on international food safety matters. Mr. Ettinger is a Chambers and Partners ranked attorney in the area of Life Sciences (International Firms) – China and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016, 2017, and 2018 (FDA Law). 

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Mr. Ettinger was a trademark attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, he has extensive trial experience as a former assistant district attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney's Office in New York where he prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors. 


Practice Areas


  • State University of New York at Albany
    • B.A., 1989, Cum Laude
  • Pace University School of Law
    • J.D., 1992
  • King's College, London, England, London School of Economics
    • LL.M., 1993, International Law

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Connecticut


  • District of Columbia Bar Association


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