Michael T. Novak: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Michael T. Novak

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Biocidal Products Regulation - BPR
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Control
  • Environmental
  • Nanotechnology Strategy, Regulation and Defense
  • Pesticides
University University of North Carolina, B.A., 1989
Law SchoolUniversity of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1992
Admitted1998, North Carolina; 2001, District of Columbia

Michael Novak joined Keller and Heckman in 2001. Mr. Novak practices environmental and business law for chemical manufacturers and other clients, including agricultural, antimicrobial, and biochemical pesticide producers. His practice focuses on the regulation of pesticides and other chemicals under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA); the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA); TSCA; EPCRA; and other federal and state regulatory programs.

Mr. Novak has expertise in pesticide regulatory issues associated with product registration, including the registration of biochemicals and unique technologies; petitions to cancel or deny registration; data compensation matters; adverse effects reporting; enforcement issues; import and export requirements; tolerance petitions, including the approval of inert ingredients; and the treated-article exemption. Mr. Novak also drafts and negotiates business contracts for pesticide clients, including distributorship, supply, sub-registration (licensing), and registration/data transfer agreements.

As lead counsel, Mr. Novak has successfully obtained settlement of pesticide or chemical enforcement actions brought by U.S. EPA Headquarters (Washington, DC), EPA Region III (Philadelphia, PA), EPA Region IV (Atlanta, GA), EPA Region V (Chicago, IL), EPA Region IX (San Francisco, CA), the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Mr. Novak also has obtained resolution of numerous Stop Sale Use and Removal Orders issued by EPA against clients alleging the unlawful sale of a pesticide under FIFRA.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Novak served as General Counsel for Riverdale Chemical Company and as Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Chemical Producers and Distributors Association (CPDA).


Jun 04, 2013 Mike Novak to Speak at the CPDA Inert Ingredients Symposium

Jul 02, 2012 Michael Novak, Eric Gotting, and Martha Marrapese Authored an Article for the ABA Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know Committee Newsletter

May 03, 2012 Partner Mike Novak to Speak at ABA Program on Pesticide Data Compensation Issues

Dec 02, 2011 Azim Chowdhury edits FDLI's Tobacco Regulation and Compliance: An Essential Resource publication


Nov 07, 2012 Registration is Closed - Practical Primer on Pesticides Seminar November 7-8, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Jul 18, 2012 Registration is Closed - A Practical Primer on Pesticides Seminar - July 18-19, 2012 - Indianapolis

Apr 18, 2012 Registration is Closed - Practical Primer on Pesticides Seminar April 18-19, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

May 24, 2011 Register Today! What U.S. Companies Need to Know: How to Manage the Regulatory Hurdles of TSCA, FIFRA & FDA

Oct 29, 2008 CPDA Pesticide Registration Workshop

Mar 20, 2008 Nanotechnology: The Future of EHS Regulatory Policy Conference

Oct 23, 2007 A Practical Primer on Pesticides


Dec 23, 2013 Hazard Labeling and Adjuvants: A New World Dawns
Oct 04, 2013 What is California Up To? - The Initial List of Candidate Chemicals is Published
Aug 05, 2013 Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Holds Hearing on TSCA Reform
May 22, 2013 Summary - Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013
Aug 15, 2012 Summary of the Committee Mark-up of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S. 847)
Jan 19, 2012 EPA Reveals Environmental and Sustainable Technology Evaluations Project for Microbial Resistant Building Products
Sep 29, 2011 EPA Pesticide Enforcement to Focus on Imports and Supplemental Distribution
Aug 02, 2011 June 2011 National Academies Meeting On Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels Highlights Water Consumption at Commercial Scale
Jul 25, 2011 Top Science, Trade, and Regulatory Advisors Set the Tone for Securing US Lead in Nanotechnology Regulation and Take Aim at EPA Pesticide Office Proposal
Mar 11, 2011 The Constantly Pending PMN: Low Volume Exemption Applications Are Living Documents
Feb 15, 2011 EPA Proposes to Strengthen Rule on Human Testing that Involves Pesticides
Sep 23, 2010 EPA Targeting Retailers Under FIFRA
Sep 20, 2010 Environmental Business Alert: End-of-Year Deadline to Nominate Existing Chemicals for Taiwan Inventory Nears
Oct 22, 2009 Nanosilver, Nanomaterials EHS Research in the Regulatory Spotlight Again
Nov 15, 2006 Environmental Business Alert
Aug 10, 2005 Pesticide Alert August 2005
May 25, 2005 Biotechnology/Nanotechnology Alert
Feb 10, 2005 Should EPA Implement the GHS for Pesticide Products?
Nov 23, 2004 It's Time to Change EPA's Treated Article Exemption
Jun 24, 2003 Pesticide Alert June 24, 2003 Court Decision on Human Testing Could Affect PR Notices
Jun 20, 2003 Pesticide Data Compensation Services
Jun 01, 2003 Environmental Reporting and Recordkeeping: Sound Strategies and Legal Insights
May 12, 2003 Pesticide Alert May 12, 2003 EPA to Develop Standards on Use of Human Testing
Apr 21, 2003 Selling and Licensing Safety Data
Apr 26, 2002 EPA Issues Draft PR Notice on False and Misleading Pesticide Brand Names
Jan 09, 2002 BNA, Inc. Food Safety Report - A Proposed Framework to Regulate Inert Ingredients in Pesticide Formulations
Jan 07, 2002 BNA, Inc. Daily Environment Report - A Proposed Framework to Regulate Inert Ingredients in Pesticide Formulations
Oct 23, 2001 TSCA Inventory: Names Must Be Changed For Monomer and Isostearic Acid

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Michael T. Novak

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


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