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Washington, DC
Owen Chaput

Owen Chaput guides clients through global, legal, and regulatory strategies throughout the lifecycle of food additives and food-contact materials. He is very familiar with the steps required in obtaining a clearance for new foods, food packaging, and national consumer safety laws and regulations. He has a deep understanding of the underlying chemical technology and effective communication surrounding compliance with health and safety requirements. Owen assists clients in planning for and obtaining a suitable regulatory status for new food and food contact products. As business teams develop new or different markets, Owen works with them to generate the information needed to expand product portfolios across borders and into new applications.

Owen meets unexpected challenges that can arise as products transition from niche uses to commodity chemicals. He works with manufacturers during this time to communicate with regulatory bodies and the general public regarding the safety and suitability of existing food additives or food contact materials for current uses. By applying Keller and Heckman’s deep chemical safety knowledge, Owen effectively advocates for science-based public policy related to food and food packaging.

Before joining Keller and Heckman, Owen was Regulatory Counsel at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA's) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), where he analyzed industry submissions for compliance with FDA advertising laws and worked on retailer compliance and enforcement matters with respect to sales of tobacco products. His experience has contributed to Keller and Heckman’s highly regarded Tobacco and E-Vape Practice and enabled him to give in-depth support our tobacco-based clients. 

While in law school, Owen served as a law clerk in the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection. 

Representative Matters

  • Prepared successful filings with major global food-packaging regulatory bodies including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the EU European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), China, MERCUSOR, and Canada
  • Resolved a long-delayed food-contact notification (FCN) for polymer manufacturing additive with high dietary exposure by developing novel safety argument using existing toxicological dataset, avoiding costly and time-consuming generation of technical or safety data
  • Supported clients’ interest during urgent product safety crises, including risk communication, safety analyses, and improving good manufacturing practice (GMP) at a corporate level, including regulatory, technical, and sales teams


University of Connecticut
cum laude
Emory University School of Law
with honors