Azim Chowdhury practices in the area of food, drug and tobacco law.
Mr. Chowdhury advises domestic and foreign corporations in matters of FDA and international regulatory compliance. In particular, he assists corporations in establishing clearances for food and drug additives in the U.S., Canada, and European Union, with an emphasis on indirect additives used in food-contact materials. Mr. Chowdhury has also developed expertise in tobacco and e-vapor product regulation relating to the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, and spearheaded the FDA Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette practice at Keller and Heckman. Specifically, Mr. Chowdhury has experience representing tobacco, e-cigarette and e-liquid manufacturers, suppliers and trade associations in matters of FDA regulatory and corporate compliance.
He is also a frequent contributor to the Food and Drug Law Institute's (FDLI) Update Magazine, has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Food and Drug Law Journal, and edited and co-authored FDLI's recent publications, Tobacco Regulation and Compliance: An Essential Resource and FDA Regulation of Tobacco: A Comprehensive Guide - An FDLI Primer .
Mr. Chowdhury also has an active pro bono practice through Keller and Heckman's Pro Bono Program, and has been featured in the Baltimore Sun for successfully obtaining asylum in the United States for a family who fled their home country of El Salvador because of violence they faced from an international gang.
Prior to entering private practice, he served as a judicial law clerk on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. Mr. Chowdhury received a B.A. and B.S. from Johns Hopkins University, a MBA from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, and a JD, cum laude, from the University of Maryland School of Law.
May 09, 2016 Partner Azim Chowdhury to Present The Tobacco Control Act Seven Years Later
May 06, 2016 Partner Azim Chowdhury Interviewed in Reuters Legal
May 05, 2016 Keller and Heckman Professionals to Attend FDLI's Annual Conference
Feb 05, 2016 Azim Chowdhury to Attend Tobacco Plus Expo International
Jan 29, 2016 Keller and Heckman Partner Azim Chowdhury's Tobacco and E-Cigarette Practice Featured in U.S. News and World Report's 2016 Best Lawyers Issue
Oct 30, 2015 Keller and Heckman Attorneys Participate in Tobacco Merchants Association Seminar
Apr 13, 2015 Keller and Heckman Establishes Chinese Regulatory Working Group on Electronic Cigarettes
Mar 14, 2016 Webinar: Facts Uncovered and Myths Busted: Vaping Regulation and CBD
Feb 29, 2016 Webinar: Regulation of E-Vapor Products under the new Tobacco Products Directive in the European Union: Problems and Pitfalls
May 15, 2015 E-Cigarette Regulation: Key Priorities for FDA and Alternative Regulatory Frameworks
Apr 29, 2016 The Cole-Bishop Amendment to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill Amending the Grandfather Date for Deemed Tobacco Products Passes House Committee - What Next?
Jan 27, 2016 CPSC Likely to Gain New Authority Over Some Nicotine-Containing E-Liquid Packages
Oct 26, 2015 The Grandfather Date - What are FDA's Alternatives?
Oct 23, 2015 FDA Regulation of E-Cigarettes - Are You Prepared?
Jul 13, 2015 The Deeming Dragon: E-Cigarette Regulation in China
Nov 20, 2014 Azim Chowdhury Co-Authors FDLI Tobacco Primer
Mar 11, 2014 Keller and Heckman Associate Azim Chowdhury Authors Article in Tobacco Reporte