Azim Chowdhury

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Food & Drug
  • Tobacco and Electronic Cigarettes
University Johns Hopkins University, B.A., B.S., 2003; University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, M.B.A., 2006
Law SchoolUniversity of Maryland School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2006
Admitted2006, Maryland; 2009, District of Columbia

•Maryland State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society
Food and Drug Law Institute
National Association of Muslim Lawyers
J. Dudley Digges Inn of Court


Azim Chowdhury joined Keller and Heckman LLP in 2010 and 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 product regulation and spearheaded the FDA Tobacco practice at Keller and Heckman. Specifically, Mr. Chowdhury has experience representing tobacco and electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) manufacturers, suppliers and trade associations in matters of FDA regulatory and corporate compliance. He is also a frequent contributor to the Tobacco Reporter, the Food and Drug Law Institute's (FDLI) Update magazine, edited and co-authored FDLI's manual, Tobacco Regulation and Compliance: An Essential Resource, and previously served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Food and Drug Law Journal.

Mr. Chowdhury also has an active pro bono practice through the firm'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 joining Keller and Heckman, Mr. Chowdhury practiced in the corporate and litigation groups of a large international law firm. He also served as judicial law clerk for the Honorable Timothy E. Meredith of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. You can follow Mr. Chowdhury on Twitter @ECIGattorney for the latest news regarding e-cigarettes.

•Nov 13, 2014 Azim Chowdhury Presents at FDLI Conference in Brussels, Belgium
•Oct 30, 2014 David Ettinger and Azim Chowdhury Present at American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai
•Oct 21, 2014 Azim Chowdhury Presents at FDLI's Introduction to Tobacco Law and Regulation Seminar
•Oct 07, 2014 Azim Chowdhury Presents at the 2014 Global Tobacco Networking Forum
•Sep 19, 2014 Azim Chowdhury to Present at Online Compliance Panel Webinar
•Jun 03, 2014 Azim Chowdhury Presents at FDLI Deeming Tobacco Regulations Webinar
•Oct 23, 2013 Azim Chowdhury to Speak at Special Joint Meeting Between CDC and Emory Law School

•Nov 20, 2014 Azim Chowdhury Co-Authors FDLI Tobacco Primer
•Mar 11, 2014 Keller and Heckman Associate Azim Chowdhury Authors Article in Tobacco Reporter
•Sep 22, 2013 Azim Chowdhury Was Quoted in a Recent Article on Electronic Cigarettes
•Sep 11, 2013 Azim Chowdhury Authors Article on the Expanding FDA Regulation of Tobacco Products
•Mar 05, 2012 FDA Publishes Three New Draft Guidance Documents on Biosimilar Product Development
•Apr 20, 2010 Are Electronic Cigarettes Drug Device Combination Products or 'Modified Risk' Tobacco Products?

•Feb 12, 2014 Azim Chowdhury to Host a Webinar for ComplianceOnline
•Dec 18, 2013 Azim Chowdhury to Host a Webinar for ComplianceOnline
•May 03, 2013 Registration is Closed - FDA and EU Regulation of Tobacco Products Webinar

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Azim Chowdhury

Suite 500 West, 1001 G Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20001


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