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 Lawyer for 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 Policy for 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).


    •Oct 05, 2015 Keller and Heckman Named 2015 Recipient of JCS Pro Bono Legal Service Award
    •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


    •Oct 05, 2015 Keller and Heckman Named 2015 Recipient of JCS Pro Bono Legal Service Award
    •Sep 29, 2015 Associate Daniel Rubenstein to Speak at University of Arkansas
    •Nov 21, 2014 Associate Daniel Rubenstein Quoted in FDLI Update Magazine
    •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

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    Daniel C. Rubenstein

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


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