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Senior Counsel
Washington, DC
Melvin Drozen
©2024 Keller and Heckman LLP

Melvin (Mel) S. Drozen advises clients on a broad spectrum of FDA, FTC, USDA, and EPA (pesticides) regulatory matters, ranging from premarket approval requirements for food additives, dietary supplement ingredients, drugs, and medical devices to advertising and labeling provisions applicable to all of these products. Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, he was an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, NY, and then an attorney in the General Counsel's Office of the Food and Drug Administration for seven years. At the FDA, he represented the agency in a variety of food and drug litigation and provided agency personnel with counsel on food, drugs, and veterinary product matters.

Mel's practice also extends to the international regulation and requirements for food and drugs and he has interfaced with relevant regulators in South America, Europe, Asia and Australia on these subjects. As part of his practice, Mr. Drozen also frequently counsels clients on topics being considered by the various committees of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the International Conference on Harmonization.

Mel regularly teaches a seminar on "Practical Food Law." He also frequently lectures on a variety of other food and drug topics including food and drug safety and good manufacturing practices.


  • AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: FDA Law, 2013 - 2023


Georgetown University, B.A., 1971
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1975