Laura Venker

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Advertising and Promotion
  • Food & Drug
  • International Trade
  • Tobacco and Electronic Cigarettes
University University of Virginia, B.A., 2008; University of Virginia, M.T., 2008
Law SchoolUniversity of Virginia, J.D., 2012
AdmittedVirginia; District of Columbia

Laura Venker joined Keller and Heckman as an associate in 2012. She practices in the areas of international trade and food and drug law. Ms. Venker advises clients regarding export controls, economic sanctions, and customs matters. Her experience includes compliance with the State Department's International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the U.S. Commerce Department's Export Administration Regulations, the Office of Foreign Assets Control's economic sanctions regulations, and Customs and Border Protection's regulations.

Ms. Venker's food and drug experience includes compliance with direct food additive and food packaging regulations, as well as requirements for import and export of FDA-regulated products. Ms. Venker has also advised domestic and foreign clients regarding compliance with labeling requirements for food, dietary supplements, drugs, medical devices, and alcoholic beverages.

While in law school, Ms. Venker was on the editorial board of the Virginia Journal of Law & Politics. She competed in the William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition and served on the Student Bar Association. Ms. Venker also worked as a research assistant to law Professor Anne Coughlin.


Oct 07, 2015 Debate Over NYC Sodium Menu Labeling Gets Salty

Jun 16, 2015 FDA Announces Final Determination that Partially Hydrogenated Oils are Not GRAS

Mar 24, 2015 Country of Origin Marking Requirements

Jul 07, 2014 Food and Drug Alert: Public Meeting on Proposed Rules to Change Nutrition Facts Label and Serving Sizes

Jan 01, 2014 Microbial Products of Biotechnology

Aug 15, 2013 FDA Issues Revised Draft Guidance on Medical Foods

Aug 07, 2013 Gluten-Free Claims - FDA Publishes Final Rule


Apr 29, 2015 Webinar: Made in the USA Claims: A Marketer's Guide


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"Debate Over NYC Sodium Menu Labeling Gets Salty"
Laura Venker, October 26, 2015
On Sept. 9, 2015, the New York City Board of Health unanimously passed regulations making New York the first U.S. city to require restaurants to disclose to diners those menu items that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, or the equivalent of about one teaspoon of salt.

FDA Announces Final Determination that Partially Hydrogenated Oils are Not GRAS
Melvin S. Drozen,Alissa D. Jijon,Evangelia C. Pelonis,Laura Venker, June 24, 2015
On June 16, 2015, FDA announced its final determination that there is no longer a consensus among qualified experts that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for any use in human food.[1] In effect, PHOs will now be regulated as food additives,...

Country of Origin Marking Requirements
Evangelia C. Pelonis,Laura Venker, April 1, 2015
Rules of origin are used to determine the country of origin (COO) of a product for purposes of international trade. The COO of merchandise can affect, among other things, admissibility, rate of duty, eligibility for special programs, and marking requirements.
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Laura Venker

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


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