Michael T. Novak

Michael T. Novak: Attorney with Keller and Heckman LLP
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Michael 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).


•May 05, 2017 EPA Issues Proposal for TSCA Chemical Risk Evaluation
•May 05, 2017 EPA Issues TSCA Proposal for Prioritization of Chemicals for Risk Evaluations
•Feb 15, 2017 H.R. 1029 - Reauthorization of PRIA, the Pesticide Fee-for-Service Program
•Sep 06, 2016 Comment Deadline Extended to September 14th, 2016 on Criteria EPA will use for Non-AG Pesticides to Qualify for Minor Use Registration Incentives
•Aug 25, 2016 PR Notice 2016-X/2016-XX Labeling for Pesticide Resistance/Guidance for Herbicide Resistance Management, Labeling, Education, Training and Stewardship
•Dec 11, 2014 EPA Office of Pesticide Programs - Removal of Certain Inert Ingredients from Approved Chemical Substance List - Extension of Comment Period
•Dec 01, 2014 Workplace Safety Guidance Information Resource: Highly Infectious Diseases


•Mar 03, 2016 Keller and Heckman Pesticide Expert Mike Novak Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Article Bayer to Wage Rare Challenge of EPA Pesticide Ban
•Jun 04, 2013 Mike Novak to Speak at the CPDA Inert Ingredients Symposium
•Jul 02, 2012 Michael Novak and Eric Gotting 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 15, 2017 FIFRA 30/30 - November 15, 2017

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Advertising and Promotion
  • Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR)
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Control
  • Environmental
  • Nanotechnology Strategy
  • Regulation and Defense
  • Pesticides

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.434.4485  Phone
202.434.4646  Fax
University Attended:
University of North Carolina, B.A., 1989
Law School Attended:
University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1992
Year of First admission:
1998, North Carolina; 2001, District of Columbia


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