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David Fischer

David Fischer advises clients on environmental, policy, and health and safety matters, with a concentration on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). In addition, he has extensive experience with numerous other statutes including the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA). 

David’s clients include domestic and international industrial and specialty chemical manufacturers, and the trade associations which represent them. Having held senior level positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC), clients look to David for his insight and perspective when navigating the myriad of complex environmental regulations.

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, David was the Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) at the EPA serving as a policy advisor to the EPA Administrator. During his tenure as DAA, he was deeply involved in TSCA implementation, with a particular focus on risk evaluation and risk management of existing chemicals, and all aspects of FIFRA implementation.  In addition, he worked with the Assistant Administrator (AA) on the technical and administrative aspects of OCSPP, an office with over 1000 staff. He also assisted in matters pertaining to the Agency’s programs under multiple federal statutes including, TSCA, FIFRA, FFDCA, and the FQPA. 

During his tenure at the American Chemistry Council, David co-managed the Chemical Products and Technology Division (CPTD) where he led the implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act.

David is frequently invited to speak at industry conferences and has authored numerous papers on environmental matters. 

Representative Matters

  • Advocated before federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Departments of Interior, State, and Commerce
  • Provided strategic leadership on domestic and international science, legislative, and regulatory policy issues
  • Drafted regulatory advocacy documents, including comments to federal and state agencies
  • Provided legal counsel to and drafted policy documents for legislative and regulatory advocacy issues in Congress, the states, and the courts


  • Charles Taylor Fellow in Environmental Law for the 2000 – 2001 Academic year, University of Maryland School of Law
  • Council Heroes Award for exceptional advocacy, 2001, American Chemistry Council
  • Outstanding Legal Contributions, 2001, Chlorine Chemistry Council


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Registration 
  • Audubon Naturalist Society


Northwestern University
University of North Carolina
University of Maryland
with honors


TSCA 30/30 - April 7, 2021

Scientist in a lab