Joan Sylvain Baughan: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Joan Sylvain Baughan

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • California's Proposition 65
  • Food & Drug
  • Health and Safety Compliance Audit
  • Trade and Professional Associations
  • International Regulatory Affairs
  • Nanotechnology Strategy
  • Regulation and Defense
University University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.S., 1984; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.S.M.T., 1985
Law SchoolCatholic University of America, J.D., 1991
Admitted1991, Massachusetts; 1994, District of Columbia


•American Bar Association
International Bar Association
Editorial Board of Euro Watch


Joan Sylvain Baughan joined Keller and Heckman in 1991. She practices food and drug law, focusing on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and comparable international regulation of food contact materials, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices.

In addition to practicing in the firm's Washington office, Ms. Baughan spent three years counseling foreign and domestic clients from the firm's Brussels, Belgium office. While there, she developed an expertise in the regulation of food packaging materials and medicinal products under European Union and Member State legislation.

Ms. Baughan has a scientific background in microbiology and medical technology. She has served as general counsel for The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.'s Food, Drug and Cosmetics Packaging Materials Committee, representing the committee before U.S. agencies and their international counterparts.

Ms. Baughan frequently speaks at International Conferences on various FDA and related regulatory topics and is an accomplished writer within the food and drug arena. She was a contributing author and the sole editor of the comprehensive food packaging book “Global Legislation for Food Contact Materials.”


•Nov 01, 2014 Responsibilities of Food Packaging Manufacturers Under the Lacey Act
•Sep 10, 2014 One Size Does Not Fit All: Safety Assessments For Special Types of Food Packages
•May 30, 2012 Update on the Regulation of Nanomaterials in Food Packaging Available
•Apr 14, 2011 Packaging Law Alert: China Publishes Procedure for Clearing New Food-Contact Substances
•Aug 06, 2010 Nanotechnology Defined
•Jul 01, 2008 Joan Sylvain Baughan and Lester Borodinsky Play Active Role in Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
•Jun 15, 2004 Demonstrating Compliance with the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive


•Sep 24, 2014 Keller and Heckman Attorneys and Scientist to Speak at the Food Contact Compliance Conference
•Apr 17, 2014 Joan Baughan to Speak at 2014 Flex Pack Tech Tour


•Aug 07, 2015 Food Contact World Highlights Book Edited by Keller and Heckman Partner Joan Baughan
•Apr 16, 2015 Keller and Heckman Partner Joan Sylvain Baughan is the Editor of Global Legislation for Food Contact Materials
•Jan 14, 2014 Keller and Heckman Partner Joan Sylvain Baughan Quoted in European Plastics News Article
•Jan 09, 2014 Keller and Heckman Partner Provides Expert Opinion in Food Contact World Interview
•Dec 10, 2013 Joan Sylvain Baughan, Rachida Semail and Luigi Rossi to Speak at the Pira Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs Conference
•Nov 04, 2013 Joan Sylvain Baughan and Rachida Semail to Speak at the Plastics Caps and Closures Conference
•Dec 11, 2012 Joan Sylvain Baughan, Rachida Semail, and Luigi Rossi to Speak at the 2012 Plastics & Paper Conference

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Joan Sylvain Baughan

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


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