Keller and Heckman LLP Names Azim Chowdhury as Partner, Hazel O'Keeffe as Counsel

Date: Jan 07, 2015

Keller and Heckman LLP is proud to announce that Azim Chowdhury has been named Partner in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office and Hazel O'Keeffe has been promoted to Counsel in the Firm’s Brussels office.

Azim Chowdhury advises domestic and foreign corporations in matters of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and international regulatory compliance. Specifically, 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 extensive expertise in tobacco product regulation and spearheaded the FDA Tobacco practice at Keller and Heckman. He represents tobacco and electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) manufacturers, suppliers and trade associations in matters of FDA regulatory and corporate compliance.

Hazel O'Keeffe focuses on the regulation of food contact materials in the European Union (EU), specifically assisting clients in establishing a suitable status for all types of food contact materials at both the EU and Member State level. Additionally, Ms. O’Keeffe advises on the requirements of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and on issues related to data sharing and treated articles under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). 

Keller and Heckman, founded in 1962, has a broad practice in regulatory law and related litigation and business transactions. Since 1971, the firm has had an in-house scientific staff that works closely with the firm’s attorneys to obtain necessary approvals for innovative pharmaceutical, food, tobacco, pesticide, industrial chemical and consumer products.