Melvin S. Drozen

Melvin S. Drozen: Attorney with Keller and Heckman LLP AV stamp icon
  • Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP
  • Suite 500 West, 1001 G Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001
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Melvin S. 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 Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and for the fifth time has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 practicing FDA Law.


•May 02, 2019 Keller and Heckman to Participate in FDLI Annual Conference
•Aug 16, 2018 Keller and Heckman LLP Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2019
•Dec 04, 2017 Mel Drozen and Eve Pelonis Will Attend the FDA Alumni Association’s Winter Celebration Reception
•Nov 09, 2017 Keller and Heckman LLP Ranked Tier 1 for Advertising Law in 2018 Best Law Firms
•Nov 09, 2017 Keller and Heckman’s FDA Law Practice Ranked in 2018 Best Law Firms
•Aug 15, 2017 Keller and Heckman LLP Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2018
•May 04, 2017 Mel Drozen Will Moderate the FDA Center Director Breakout Session for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) at the FDLI Annual Conference


•Oct 25, 2017 Practical Food Law Seminar - Brussels, Belgium
•Jun 21, 2016 Webinar: Impact of FDA’s Final Nutrition Labeling Regulations
•Apr 27, 2016 Webinar: FSMA: A Foreign Suppliers Guide
•Oct 20, 2015 FSMA Fundamentals: A Guide to the Final Rules Implementing HARPC Provisions for Human and Animal Food Webinar
•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


•Dec 27, 2018 USDA AMS National Bioengineered (BE) Food Disclosure Standard Final Rule
•Jul 31, 2018 FDA’s Meeting on Comprehensive, Multi-Year Nutrition Innovation Strategy
•May 09, 2018 USDA AMS Publishes Bioengineered (BE) Labeling Proposed Rule
•Feb 01, 2018 FDA Recognizes First Accreditation Body Under Accredited Third-Party Certification Program and Launches Voluntary Qualified Importer Program
•Jan 26, 2018 AAFCO Ingredient Definitions Committee (IDC) Meeting Update - January 2018
•Jan 09, 2018 FDA Extends Enforcement Discretion on Certain FSMA Provisions
•Dec 01, 2017 FDA’s Draft Guidance on Best Practices for Convening a GRAS Panel

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Advertising and Promotion
  • Biotechnology
  • California's Proposition 65
  • Food & Drug
  • Food Recall Insurance Coverage
  • Fuels
  • Government Relations
  • International Regulatory Affairs

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.434.4222  Phone
202.434.4646  Fax
University Attended:
Georgetown University, B.A., 1971
Law School Attended:
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1975
Year of First Admission:
1976, New York; 1979, District of Columbia


•American Bar Association


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