Azim Chowdhury

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Food & Drug
  • Tobacco
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.


Jul 13, 2010 Keller and Heckman's Pro Bono Program Obtains Political Asylum for Victims of Gang Violence
Sep 07, 2010 Associate Azim Chowdhury Quoted in Article on U.S. Government Challenge to Asylum Ruling
Dec 27, 2010 Associate Azim Chowdhury Authors Article on Electronic Cigarettes for FDLI's Update Magazine
May 25, 2011 Azim Chowdhury Authors Article on Electronic Cigarettes for FDLI's Update Magazine
Oct 11, 2011 Associate Azim Chowdhury Edits FDLI's First Publication Focused Exclusively on Tobacco
Dec 05, 2011 Associate Azim Chowdhury to Moderate Panel Discussion at FDLI's Tobacco Regulation and Litigation Conference
Dec 02, 2011 Azim Chowdhury edits FDLI's Tobacco Regulation and Compliance: An Essential Resource publication
Mar 26, 2012 Associate Azim Chowdhury Profiled in FDLI's Update Magazine
Mar 27, 2012 FDA Publishes First Ever No Questions Letters in Response to CVM GRAS Notifications
Oct 31, 2012 Azim Chowdhury Writes Article for Mackrell's Regulatory Matters Newsletter
Feb 27, 2013 Azim Chowdhury Quoted in Article on Second Circuit Citing Carte Blanche to Curb Tobacco Sales
Mar 20, 2013 Azim Chowdhury Quoted in Recent Law360 Article
May 16, 2013 Herb Estreicher to Speak at the 98th Annual Meeting and All-Industry Conference
Sep 21, 2013 Azim Chowdhury to Speak at the ECC Electronic Cigarette Expo
Sep 26, 2013 Azim Chowdhury to Present a Webinar on the FDA Regulation of Tobacco Products: What can E-Cigarette Companies Expect?
Oct 23, 2013 Azim Chowdhury to Speak at Special Joint Meeting Between CDC and Emory Law School
Sep 18, 2013 Azim Chowdhury to Appear on the Michael Smerconish Radio Show
Sep 27, 2013 Associate Azim Chowdhury Quoted in E-Cigarette Debate
Oct 09, 2013 Azim Chowdhury to be Interviewed on YouTube talk show, Vape Team Live


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


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?

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Azim Chowdhury

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


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