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Washington, DC
Richard Starr

Richard Starr advises domestic and foreign clients on establishing clearances for food additives and food-contact materials through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and comparable international regulatory agencies.

Richard has successfully represented clients in FDA, state, and international regulatory matters for clients throughout the value chain, including multinational chemical and food packaging manufacturers, distributors, restaurants, and trade associations. Specifically, Richard helps clients to establish compliance with FDA, state, and international regulatory regimes for food packaging products. He also assists clients in navigating food packaging laws and requirements that apply to downstream companies and to understand the risks and benefits to be considered in marketing and advertising their products.

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Richard served as a manager at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), where he developed and advocated policy positions on behalf of the chemical industry. He has experience in environmental advocacy at all stages of the rulemaking process, particularly under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This experience has provided Richard with and in-depth knowledge of these regulations that enable him to better assist clients.

Representative Matters

  • Provided counsel on domestic and international regulatory requirements under applicable food-contact laws for multinational food packaging company
  • Counseled a national restaurant chain on state regulatory and legislative counsel regarding plastics and food packaging laws.
  • Provided counsel regarding legislative changes to state laws regarding marketing terms for food packaging


  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association


Northeastern University
University of Maryland School of Law