David J. Ettinger: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

David J. Ettinger

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone+86 21.6335.1000

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  • Food & Drug
  • Tobacco and Electronic Cigarettes
  • International Regulatory Affairs
University State University of New York at Albany, B.A., cum laude, 1989
Law SchoolPace University School of Law, J.D., 1992; King's College, London, England, London School of Economics, LL.M., International Law, 1993
Admitted1993, New York and Connecticut; 1999, District of Columbia


•American Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association


David Ettinger joined Keller and Heckman in 1999. As the resident U.S. partner in Keller and Heckman's Shanghai, China office, Mr. Ettinger counsels clients on the import and export of food and food-related products to ensure compliance with regulations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Mr. Ettinger also worked in the firm's Washington, DC and Brussels offices, and is uniquely positioned to counsel foreign food and food packaging companies in the Asian market. In China, he handles compliance and enforcement matters ranging from ingredient and labeling to product detention and food recalls.

Mr. Ettinger is on the Executive Board of Mackrell International (a global network of over 90 international law firms), and is Chair of Mackrell International's North American Business Development Committee. Mr. Ettinger is Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai's Food, Agriculture & Beverage Committee and member of Keller and Heckman's Marketing Committee. He is a frequent lecturer and author on international food safety matters and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 (FDA Law).

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Mr. Ettinger was a trademark attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, he has extensive trial experience as a former assistant district attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney's Office in New York where he prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors.


•Dec 21, 2015 CFDA Announces Draft Regulation to Implement China's New Food Safety Law
•Dec 18, 2015 China's New Food Safety Law is now in Effect
•Oct 02, 2015 China's NHFPC Releases Key Food Packaging Standards
•Oct 01, 2015 China's Food Safety Law Takes Effect Today: Are You Ready?
•Sep 21, 2015 China Announces New Draft Regulations on Health Foods
•Sep 14, 2015 China Moves to Finalize List of Raw Materials for Food Use Detergents
•Jun 24, 2015 China Regulatory Affairs: China Notifies WTO of Draft General Safety Standard for Food-Contact Materials


•Jul 15, 2015 Webinar: Doing Business in China: Opportunities and Challenges for the Food Industry
•May 29, 2014 David Ettinger and Wilfred Feng to Participate in Asia Food Tech Innovation Summit Roundtable Discussion
•May 29, 2014 David Ettinger to Speak at the 6th International Food and Beverage Summit


•Aug 20, 2015 Keller and Heckman LLP Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2016
•May 20, 2015 David Ettinger and Yin Dai Present on China's Growing (Health) Food Industry
•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
•Oct 30, 2014 David Ettinger and Azim Chowdhury Present at American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai
•Apr 14, 2014 David Ettinger Discusses China's Food Safety Regulation in Wall Street Journal Interview
•Nov 18, 2013 David Ettinger Quoted in freenewspos.com (Resident, Shanghai, China Office)


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CFDA Announces Draft Regulation to Implement China's New Food Safety Law
Yun Chen,Yin Dai,David J. Ettinger,Jenny Li,Mark Thompson, January 8, 2016
On December 9, China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) released the draft Regulation on the Implementation of the Food Safety Law of the P.R. China1 (hereinafter "Regulation") for public comments by January 8, 2016. This extensive Regulation includes 200 articles, detailing issues...

China Publishes Draft Amendment to the GB 9685 Hygienic Standard on the Uses of Additives in Food Containers and Packaging Materials
David J. Ettinger,Mark Thompson, April 24, 2015
On January 20, 2015, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) published an amendment to the current Hygienic Standards for Uses of Additives in Food Containers and Packaging Materials (GB 9685-2008) for comments from the general public.[1] Comments on the amended...
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David J. Ettinger

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


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