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Scientific Advantage Brochure

In 1971 Keller and Heckman was the first law firm to introduce an interdisciplinary practice with scientists and attorneys -- “Serving Business Through Law and Science”® -- and scientists have been an integral part of the firm’s strategic advantage for our clients ever since.

Our scientists use their background and education to assist the attorneys in many of our science-based practices and matters, such as:  

  • Chemical Control Law  
  • Food and Drug Law 
  • Environmental Law 
  • Nanotechnology 
  • Biotechnology 
  • Litigation 
  • International Regulatory Affairs 
  • Product Safety 
  • Pesticide Regulation (including international registration of new active ingredients)

Most Keller and Heckman scientists have Ph.D.s with expertise in the following areas

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Carcinogenesis 
  • Toxicology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Genetically Modified Organisms
  • Human and Environmental Exposure and Risk Assessments

Keller and Heckman scientists and attorneys have experience working with the following government agencies and regulations:

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — TSCA, FIFRA, RCRA, CERCLA
  • European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) — REACH, BPD, PPP
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) 
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • National Marine Fisheries Service/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NMFS/NOAA) 
  • California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
  • California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR)
  • European Commission
  • EU Member State National Regulatory and Scientific Authorities

Keller and Heckman's scientists play a significant role in the educational programs and business development of the firm. We host seminars and webinars each year, and our scientists often serve as speakers or expert panelists. These seminars and webinars include:

  • Advanced Chemical Control Law
  • Food Packaging Law
  • REACH, TSCA, Food-Contact Substances, and FDA-Regulated Products
  • China Food Packaging Standards
  • Food Packaging Law in Europe
  • Paper Packaging Law Seminar
  • A Practical Primer on Pesticides

This brochure is based on information believed to be accurate and reliable. However, statutes, regulations, and administrative and judicial interpretations are subject to change. This information is not intended as, and does not constitute, legal advice for particularized facts. Counsel should be consulted for advice on particular compliance issues.

Keller and Heckman LLP© 2016

About Keller and Heckman

Keller and Heckman is an international law firm that helps the world’s most vital businesses achieve their objectives. Our clients include the chemical and plastics companies that make life safer and more convenient; and the cosmetics, toy, and home product companies that simply make it more fun. We represent the food, drug, nutritional, and medical device companies that enhance health, the telecommunications and shipping companies that connect the globe, and the energy companies that fuel them all. On staff to assist our attorneys are scientists with technical expertise from the fields of chemistry, toxicology, chemical engineering, and industrial hygiene. These collaborative capabilities enable us to provide solutions that legal reasoning alone cannot offer. Keller and Heckman makes it possible for our clients to move their businesses forward.

For more information on Keller and Heckman’s interdisciplinary practice of law and science, please contact us at 202.434.4100 or visit