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Legal 500 Again Ranks Keller and Heckman's European Food and Drug Practice Tier 1

Keller and Heckman’s EU Food and Drug Practice has been ranked Tier 1 in the Belgium and France jurisdictions by the 2020 Legal 500 Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Guide. The firm received Tier 1 rankings in the categories of EU Regulatory: Food in Belgium and Industry Focus: Food in France. Additionally, Katia Merten-Lentz, a partner in the firm’s Food and Drug Practice, continues to be recognized as a Tier 1 Leading Individual in the same categories and jurisdictions in the Guide.

The Guide recognizes that Keller and Heckman’s Belgium EU Food and Drug Practice “has established expertise in regulatory law, and has strong capabilities in novel foods, labelling issues, health claims, food contact compliance matters, and feed-related instructions.”

The France jurisdiction notes that Keller and Heckman “advises an extensive client base consisting of leading established food manufacturers, baby food and novel food companies, including a client specialising in in-vitro meat, and a French scientific research institution.” The Guide recognizes that Katia Merten-Lentz and her team “provides strategic guidance on sensitive French and EU regulatory issues such as labelling.” It also notes the team’s expertise with lobbying and litigation.

With offices strategically positioned in Brussels, Paris, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Shanghai, Keller and Heckman’s internationally recognized Food and Drug Practice represents and provides legal advice to food and food packaging clients, including trade associations, on a comprehensive array of legal and regulatory issues. They promote, protect, and defend products made by the spectrum of industries regulated under national, international and EU food law, routinely advising the world’s largest and most prestigious food manufacturing, food processing, recycled products, and waste conglomerates. Keller and Heckman’s Food and Drug Practice provides resources to the industries they serve via timely and informative blogs and websites.

Keller and Heckman host’s multiple blogs and websites as resources for the industries they serve. The EU Food and Drug team offers Tomorrow’s Food and Feed, a blog featuring analysis on key issues affecting companies that import, manufacture, market, and distribute food and feed in the EU. provides a wide range of information on international laws and regulations that affect packages and packaging materials, including news articles on current issues affecting the industry, in-depth features, an “Ask an Attorney” section, and links to packaging industry and government websites. The Daily Intake is a daily news blog for businesses interested in staying current on breaking news and pressing issues that affect the food and dietary supplement industries in the U.S. and around the world.

The Legal 500 analyzes the capabilities of law firms across the world by assessing the strengths of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions. The rankings highlight the practice areas of firms who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. The Legal 500’s research is based on feedback from firm clients worldwide, submissions from law firms, and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

A pioneer in the use of interdisciplinary approaches to legal issues, Keller and Heckman has had an in-house scientific staff since 1971. Serving both domestic and international clients with a broad practice in the areas of regulatory law, litigation, and business transactions, the firm helps the world's most vital businesses achieve their objectives.