Daniel C. Rubenstein

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Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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  • Food & Drug
    University University of Pittsburgh, B.S.E., magna cum laude, 2006
    Law SchoolUniversity of Maryland School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010
    Admitted2010, Maryland; District of Columbia


    American Bar Association
    Maryland State Bar Association
    Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence


    Daniel Rubenstein joined Keller and Heckman in 2010 as a member of the firm's Food and Drug Practice. Mr. Rubenstein assists companies, organizations and trade associations in establishing compliance with regulatory requirements for food packaging and food ingredients throughout the United States, European Union (EU), Asia and South America (including the Common Market of the South, MERCOSUR).

    Leveraging his background and experience as an Industrial Engineer, Mr. Rubenstein appreciates both the technical and legal aspects of the unique challenges faced by industry in navigating the complex regulatory systems in place across the world. In this regard, Mr. Rubenstein has assisted clients in establishing a suitable U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) status, and exemption from premarket review, for a variety of food-contact materials, and has successfully filed numerous Food Contact Notifications (FCNs) with FDA for new and innovative polymers, additives, and processing aids used in the manufacture of food-contact articles. In addition, Mr. Rubenstein assists clients in evaluating the suitable status of food-contact materials under the EU Framework Regulation, and the Plastics Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011.

    As a former supply chain analyst for a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based medical device manufacturer, Mr. Rubenstein has experience in process optimization, inventory control, facility layout and good manufacturing practice (GMP) in FDA-regulated facilities. Mr. Rubenstein uses this experience to assist clients in developing strategies to prevent and, when necessary, respond to contamination and accidental additive situations that arise during the manufacturing and transportation of food-contact materials.

    Mr. Rubenstein has been featured in the American Bar Association's The Health Lawyerfor his Editorial on the Impact of H1N1 Influenza in the Minority Community, as well as the University of Maryland's Journal of Health Care Law and Policyfor his Comment on Employer-Based Mandatory Wellness Programs in the Workplace. Mr. Rubenstein was named recipient of the Charles Hamilton Houston Scholarship Award by the Washington Bar Association (2009), as well as the Hon. Joseph F. Murphy, Jr. Legal Writing Award by the Maryland State Bar Association (2008).

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    Jan 24, 2014 Keller and Heckman Attorneys Successfully Defend Against Potential Foreclosure
    Jun 18, 2013 Keller and Heckman's Attorneys Recognized for Pro Bono Efforts
    May 01, 2012 Keller and Heckman Article on Food Packaging Regulations in India Highlighted in Food Production Daily
    Nov 08, 2011 Associate Daniel Rubenstein to Speak at Department of Industrial Engineering Seminar
    May 18, 2011 FDA Division of Foreign Field Investigations Hosts Webinar on Foreign Inspection


    Jul 03, 2014 Advertising and Promotion Alert: Battle of the Experts Not Sufficient to Establish Violation of State Consumer Protection Acts
    Jun 13, 2013 FDA Uses Warning Letters to Expand the Park Doctrine to Include Violations of Contractors
    Apr 18, 2013 FDA's Strict Criminal Liability Standard has Far-Reaching Consequences
    May 14, 2012 National Academies' Institute of Medicine Releases Report on Obesity Prevention
    Apr 10, 2012 Regulation of Food-Contact Materials in India
    Sep 16, 2011 FDA and FSIS Request Comment on Effective Approaches to Reduce Sodium Consumption in the Diet
    Jul 25, 2011 FSIS Announces New Labeling Scheme for Raw Meat and Poultry Products with Solution Added


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    "Battle of the Experts" Not Sufficient to Establish Violation of State Consumer Protection Acts
    Douglas J. Behr,Melvin S. Drozen,Daniel C. Rubenstein, July 11, 2014
    In the increasingly litigious area of food labeling claims, manufacturers received a little help in a recent decision from a federal judge in Maryland. Reviewing a consumer’s assertion that the claimed benefit for a dietary supplement had insufficient scientific support, the Court ruled that...
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    Daniel C. Rubenstein

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


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