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 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 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.


•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 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


•May 15, 2015 E-Cigarette Regulation: Key Priorities for FDA and Alternative Regulatory Frameworks


•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
•Apr 09, 2015 David Ettinger and Azim Chowdhury to Present at 2015 Chinese Int'l Vapor Expo & Shenzhen Int'l e-Cig Expo
•Mar 17, 2015 Azim Chowdhury to Present at eCig East Coast: Industry Conference
•Mar 03, 2015 Azim Chowdhury to Present Vape U Webinar
•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


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CPSC Likely to Gain New Authority Over Some Nicotine-Containing E-Liquid Packages
Nathan A. Cardon,Azim Chowdhury,Sheila A. Millar, February 9, 2016
With the passage of the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act (S. 142) by both houses of Congress, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will likely soon get new authority to require child-resistant (CR) packaging (“special packaging”) over certain packages of...
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Azim Chowdhury

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


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