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

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


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

Oct 21, 2014 Azim Chowdhury Presents at FDLI's Introduction to Tobacco Law and Regulation Seminar

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Azim Chowdhury

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


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