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Sam Jockel practices in the area of food and drug law. Mr. Jockel advises both domestic and international corporations on product compliance issues involving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In particular, he assists clients with regulatory matters related to food, food ingredients, processing aids, food packaging, and labeling issues.
Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Mr. Jockel served as a trial attorney in the USDA’s Office of the General Counsel. While at USDA, Mr. Jockel was counsel for the implementation of the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, where he played a key role in providing legal advice to senior USDA and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) officials, drafting the proposed rulemaking, and defending USDA in a challenge under the Administrative Procedure Act.
At USDA, Mr. Jockel also represented AMS, the Food Safety and Inspection Service, and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in administrative enforcement proceedings before USDA’s Administrative Law Judges. Mr. Jockel has particular expertise in enforcement matters arising under the Animal Welfare Act, where he successfully tried and resolved major compliance actions brought against animal research institutions, drug and biological product development companies, and animal dealers and exhibitors.
Mr. Jockel also served as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow in FDA’s Office of International Programs during and following law school. At FDA, Mr. Jockel drafted and negotiated numerous international arrangements to share regulatory information between FDA product centers and foreign regulatory counterparts and multilateral organizations. Mr. Jockel also worked on medical product safety and regulatory harmonization initiatives, including representing FDA before the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization.
Mr. Jockel received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2014.
Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania only. Practice limited to matters before the FDA and matters ancillary thereto.
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