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Chambers 2024 USA Guide Ranks Keller and Heckman in the Highest Echelon

For the tenth consecutive year, Keller and Heckman LLP’s Food and Drug practice earned the highest distinction, Band 1, in the Food and Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation – Nationwide category. Numerous Food and Drug partners also received prestigious individual rankings: Devon Wm. Hill (Band 3), Evangelia (Eve) Pelonis (Band 3), Richard (Rick) Mann (Band 4), and Mitzi Ng Clark (Band 4). Additionally, the firm’s Advertising and Promotion practice received recognition with Partner Kathleen (Katie) Bond ranked Band 4 in the Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory – Nationwide category.

Keller and Heckman’s Food and Drug practice provides clients with comprehensive legal and regulatory advice for a broad range of food and drug products, including foods, alternative proteins, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, veterinary products, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and cannabis products, as well as the packaging for these products. The practice has more than fifty years of experience representing companies and trade associations before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other government agencies, and in successfully handling challenges to marketed products. 

In addition to the Food and Drug practice receiving a Band 1 ranking for an unprecedented ten sequential years, Eve Pelonis and Mitzi Clark were both elevated in individual rankings. Eve, who focuses on matters relating to food labeling, food safety, animal feed, food additives and ingredients, and dietary supplements, jumped to a Band 3 ranking. Mitzi received her inaugural ranking, Band 4, for her extensive work in food, cosmetic, and drug packaging regulatory issues. Additionally, Devon Hill and Rick Mann maintained their individual rankings. Devon’s practice focuses on the regulatory aspects of the global marketing of new foods, cosmetics, packaging, and related products along with compliance issues for products already on the market. Rick’s practice is focused on food advertising, promotional and labeling claims, as well as food safety and compliance issues.

Along with its inclusion in the Chambers USA Guide, Keller and Heckman’s international Food and Drug practice garners rankings in the Chambers Europe Guide and Chambers Greater China Guide. These rankings further demonstrate Keller and Heckman’s global standing as a leader in the food, drug, and packaging law industries.

Keller and Heckman’s Advertising and Promotion practice helps clients develop and implement compliant advertising and marketing campaigns, defends them against challenges, and advises on applicable labeling, safety, and other requirements. Katie Bond upheld her Band 4 ranking for providing clients with advertising and labeling advice on a variety of products, including food, dietary supplements, over-the-counter drugs, personal care products, cosmetics, and CBD products, as well as on apparel, shoes, jewelry, and sports equipment.

For over three decades, Chambers and Partners has highlighted the uppermost tiers of legal performance, establishing those selected for inclusion in its Band categories as leaders in their respective fields. Chambers relies on extensive client feedback in addition to robust independent research to determine its rankings. Both practices and independent attorneys are ranked based on effectiveness and achievements, experience, and value delivered to clients.

About Keller and Heckman

Keller and Heckman LLP represents a wide spectrum of companies and trade associations servicing a range of industries, including advertising and labeling, food and food additives, plastics, pesticides, industrial and specialty chemicals, consumer products, drugs and medical devices, transportation, and telecommunications. The firm's practice covers the diverse regulatory areas that affect these industries, as well as public policy and litigation matters. Our attorneys and scientists emphasize creative service to clients involved in the development of new products, services, and markets. Our attorneys and staff serve clients from offices in Washington, DC, Brussels, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Boulder.