Thomas C. Berger: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Thomas C. Berger

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • California's Proposition 65
  • Chemical Control
  • Environmental
  • Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Pesticides
  • Health and Safety Compliance Audit
  • International Regulatory Affairs
  • Nanotechnology Strategy
  • Regulation and Defense
University Michigan State University, B.S., Ch.E., 1987
Law SchoolGeorge Washington University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1993
Admitted1993, Pennsylvania; 1995, District of Columbia; 2006, Indiana


•American Bar Association


Tom Berger joined Keller and Heckman in 1993. Mr. Berger is a partner in Keller and Heckman's Washington DC office and heads Keller and Heckman's Indianapolis satellite office.

Mr. Berger has extensive experience in representing foreign and domestic companies, large and small, in a broad range of areas, including counseling, advocacy, and rulemaking in environmental law, occupational safety and health law, contracts, EPA enforcement proceedings, and chemical and product liability management. Mr. Berger assists clients in bringing new products to market in an expedient, cost-effective manner using an interdisciplinary approach that combines law and science with an emphasis on emerging technologies in the industrial chemicals area. Mr. Berger frequently undertakes matters that involve polymers and complex chemical nomenclature issues.

Mr. Berger's practice focuses on the regulation and approval of new and existing chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and its international counterparts in Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan. Mr. Berger also counsels trade association clients on various matters, including environmental, product disparagement, and defense issues. Mr. Berger is heavily involved in efforts to reform TSCA, EPA's Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule, TSCA Work Plan Chemicals, and green chemistry issues.

Mr. Berger designs, conducts, and manages voluntary compliance audits, counsels companies on managing liability under EPA's Audit Policy and other penalty mitigation policies, and assists companies in preparing for agency inspections and responding to EPA information requests and subpoenas. Mr. Berger assists clients with the TSCA premanufacture notification (PMN) review process, and negotiates the terms and conditions of TSCA section 5(e) consent orders, and significant new use rules (SNUR).

Mr. Berger co-authored an amicus curiae brief for the U.S. Supreme Court in Hoechst Celanese v. United States, 128 F.3d 216 (4th Cir. 1997), and four technical papers on polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans ( dioxin ). Mr. Berger was a contributing author of Environmental and Workplace Safety, A Guide for University, Hospital, and School Managers (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1996).

Mr. Berger has a chemical engineering background and prior to joining Keller and Heckman was employed by the E.I. duPont de Nemours & Co., Inc.

Mr. Berger is a frequent lecturer on chemical notification, chemical regulation, liability management, auditing, enforcement, and TSCA reform issues.


•Oct 07, 2015 Taiwan Publishes New and Existing Chemical Notification Guidance
•Jul 08, 2015 China's MEPSCC Publishes Draft Amendment to New Chemical Notification Guidelines
•Jan 15, 2015 January 31 Deadline for TSCA Polymer Exemption Notification
•Sep 22, 2014 Taiwan Releases Draft Regulation on New and Existing Chemical Notification
•Sep 19, 2014 Senator Boxer Releases Confidential TSCA Reform Proposal
•Jan 15, 2014 Upcoming Deadline for TSCA Polymer Exemption Notification
•Oct 04, 2013 What is California Up To? - The Initial List of Candidate Chemicals is Published


•Apr 16, 2015 Webinar: TSCA Reform, Ready for Prime Time?
•May 06, 2014 TSCA & FDA Seminar - Indianapolis, IN


•Feb 02, 2016 Tom Berger to Present TSCA Chemical Data Reporting for 2016: Discover Practical Strategies for Ensuring Compliance with New Federal Regulations
•May 14, 2015 Herb Estreicher and Tom Berger Present at Int'l Fragrance Association
•Jul 09, 2013 Tom Berger and Herb Estreicher To Present a Webinar for Bloomberg BNA's Environment, Health & Safety Division
•Apr 27, 2013 Tom Berger To Present at the Ohio Environment and Resources Law Seminar
•Jun 19, 2012 Partner Tom Berger to Speak on Green Chemistry Legislation at the 16th Annual ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference
•Apr 10, 2012 Partner Tom Berger to Speak at ABA Program on Recent Chemical Control Law Developments in Asia
•Mar 07, 2012 Partner Thomas Berger to Speak About Recent Developments in Chemical Notification Requirements in Japan, Taiwan and Korea at the 2012 GlobalChem Conference (Resident, Indianapolis Office)


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Upcoming Deadline for TSCA "Polymer Exemption" Notification
Thomas C. Berger, January 22, 2016
An important deadline is approaching for companies that manufacture or import polymers under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) "polymer exemption," in that the one-time notification to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that must identify the number of polymers first...
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Thomas C. Berger

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


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