Melvin S. Drozen: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Melvin S. Drozen

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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  • Advertising and Promotion
  • Biotechnology
  • Food & Drug
  • Fuels
  • Government Relations
  • International Regulatory Affairs
University Georgetown University, B.A., 1971
Law SchoolBrooklyn Law School, J.D., 1975
Admitted1976, New York; 1979, District of Columbia

Melvin S. Drozen joined Keller and Heckman in 1987.

Mr. Drozen advises clients on a broad spectrum of FDA, FTC, USDA and EPA (pesticides) regulatory matters, ranging from premarket approval requirements for food additives, dietary supplement ingredients, drugs, and medical devices to advertising and labeling provisions applicable to all of these products. Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, he was an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then an attorney in the General Counsel's Office of the Food and Drug Administration for seven years. At the FDA, he represented the agency in a variety of food and drug litigation and provided agency personnel with counsel on food, drugs, and veterinary product matters.

Mr. Drozen's practice also extends to the international regulation and requirements for food and drugs and he has interfaced with relevant regulators in South America, Europe, Asia and Australia on these subjects. As part of his practice, Mr. Drozen also frequently counsels clients on topics being considered by the various committees of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the International Conference on Harmonization.

With his partners, Mr. Drozen regularly teaches a seminar on Practical Food Law. He also frequently lectures on a variety of other food and drug topics including food and drug safety and good manufacturing practices. Mr. Drozen is AV PreeminentRated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 practicing FDA Law.

•Aug 20, 2014 Keller and Heckman LLP Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2015
•Aug 15, 2013 Keller and Heckman LLP has Four Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2014
•Jul 29, 2013 Melvin Drozen Was Quoted in Law360 Article on a Recent FDA Proposal That Would Set Importers and Suppliers Against Each Other
•May 17, 2013 Mel Drozen to Speak at the Synthetic Amorphous Silica and Silicate Industry (SASSI) Annual Meeting
•Jun 12, 2012 Partner Mel Drozen to Join Legal Panel at ABA's 2nd Food & Supplements Annual Workshop
•Oct 26, 2011 FDA Releases Guidance Document on Administrative Detention Under FSMA
•Jun 13, 2011 Partners John Eldred and Mel Drozen to Attend the US-China Food and Drug Law: Ensuring Quality, Improving Safety, Expanding Access Conference

•Aug 25, 2014 Food Regulatory Update - July 2014
•Jul 07, 2014 Food and Drug Alert: Public Meeting on Proposed Rules to Change Nutrition Facts Label and Serving Sizes
•Jul 03, 2014 Advertising and Promotion Alert: Battle of the Experts Not Sufficient to Establish Violation of State Consumer Protection Acts
•Jun 20, 2014 Food Regulatory Update - May 2014
•Jun 16, 2014 Compliance with FDA Regulations May Not Protect a Company From the Risk of Liability to Competitors via Unfair Competition Challenges
•May 19, 2014 Food Regulatory Update - April 2014
•May 16, 2014 FDA Speaks Out on Spent Grains

•May 28, 2014 Mel Drozen and Alissa Jijon to Present at the American Peanut Shellers Associations Supply Chain Educational Program
•Apr 27, 2014 Mel Drozen to Speak at the IMR International's Annual Food Hydrocolloid Conference
•Apr 01, 2014 Practical Food Law Seminar - San Francisco, CA - April 1-3, 2014
•Mar 07, 2013 Registration is Closed - An Ingredient Supplier's Guide to FSMA's Preventive Controls for Human Food Webinar
•Mar 19, 2012 Registration is closed - March 19-22, 2012- Keller and Heckman's Annual Practical Food Law Program, San Francisco, California
•Mar 21, 2011 Keller and Heckman's Annual Practical Food Law Program, San Francisco, California
•Mar 16, 2009 Keller and Heckman's Annual Practical Food Law Program, San Francisco, California


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FDA Issues Final Rules on Menu and Vending Machine Nutrition Labeling Requirements
Melvin S. Drozen,Richard F. Mann,Evangelia C. Pelonis, December 10, 2014
On November 25, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released final regulations implementing nutrition labeling requirements for retail food establishments and vending machines. The regulations implement Section 4205 from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which amended Section...

Vermont Attorney General's Office Releases Draft Regulations to Implement Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Law
Melvin S. Drozen,Evangelia C. Pelonis, November 3, 2014
On October 13, 2014, Vermont’s Office of the Attorney General published draft regulations intended to implement the already enacted Vermont Genetically Engineered (GE) food labeling law.

Public Meeting on Proposed Rules to Change Nutrition Facts Label and Serving Sizes
Melvin S. Drozen,Alissa D. Jijon,Leslie T. Krasny,Evangelia C. Pelonis,Laura Venker, July 19, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting on June 26, 2014 to discuss the proposed rules to revise the Nutrition Facts label and serving sizes. The meeting featured an overview of the proposed rules by FDA, a panel on stakeholder perspectives with representatives from trade...

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Melvin S. Drozen

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


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