Peter L. de la Cruz

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Peter L. de la Cruz has over 35 years of experience advising clients on health, safety and environmental matters, as well as antitrust, trade association, and administrative law. Broadly speaking, his practice involves science and governance, particularly activities by health, safety and environmental agencies. Examples include cancer or other toxicology classifications that drive regulatory requirements, compliance strategies, product stewardship, and rulemakings.

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Mr. de la Cruz was an attorney in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice. For his work for the National Commission for the Review of Antitrust Laws and Procedures (Shenefield Commission) in 1978 and 1979, he received the Justice Department's Special Achievement Award for sustained superior performance. Mr. de la Cruz gained substantial knowledge of the workings of the Food and Drug Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other federal agencies while representing those agencies in litigation during his tenure at Justice.

Since joining Keller and Heckman in 1980, his practice has included many environmental, food, antitrust and trade association matters. Much of this work has centered on the needs of companies in the plastics, chemicals, and food sectors. Mr. de la Cruz is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Representative Engagements:

•Plastics Industry Association

•Styrene Information and Research Center

•Vinyl Institute

•Vinyl Siding Institute


Environmental Reporting & Recordkeeping Handbook, Chapter 8 - Air Emissions, with Jean-Cyril Walker (Government Institutes 2003).

Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook, Chapter 4 - General Duty Clause (Government Institutes 2001).

Food for Thought: The Emergence of Power Buyers and its Challenge to Competition Analysis, with W. Borghesani, 4 Stan. J.L. Bus. & Fin. 39 (1997).

Environmental and Workplace Safety: A Guide for University, Hospital, and School Managers, with J. O'Reilly and P. Hagan, Van Nostrand Reinhold (1996).

•The Clean Air Act Amendments: BNA's Comprehensive Analysis of the New Law, chapter V - Air Toxics, Bureau of National Affairs (1991).


•Feb 24, 2016 New Hazard Alert on Tank Gauging and Sampling for the Oil and Gas Industry
•Oct 04, 2013 What is California Up To? - The Initial List of Candidate Chemicals is Published
•Aug 05, 2013 EPA Proposes Rules to Implement the Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products and Deviates Greatly from California's Standard
•Aug 05, 2013 Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Holds Hearing on TSCA Reform
•Jun 19, 2013 Dual Column Integrated Presentation of TSCA and CSIA
•May 22, 2013 Summary - Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013
•Apr 24, 2013 Statistical Programs Under Antitrust Scrutiny


•Feb 17, 2016 OSHA 30/30 - February 17, 2016
•Apr 16, 2015 Webinar: TSCA Reform, Ready for Prime Time?
•Aug 20, 2014 OSHA 30/30 - August 20, 2014
•Jan 15, 2014 OSHA Inspection of Whistleblower Complaints Based Primarily on Termination Following A Safety Complaint
•Dec 18, 2013 OSHA 30/30 - Updates with Manesh Rath


•Nov 08, 2017 Peter de la Cruz, Manesh Rath, JC Walker and Greg Clark Attend Vinyl360: Vinyl Industry Annual Conference
•Oct 17, 2017 Peter de la Cruz and Manesh Rath Attend the Plastics Industry Association 2017 Annual Meeting and Fall Conference
•May 03, 2017 Peter de la Cruz to Attend Plastics 2017 Spring National Board Meeting
•Sep 25, 2013 Keller and Heckman Attorneys to Present a Course for the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication
•Oct 18, 2012 Peter de la Cruz, Herb Estreicher, and Eric Gotting to Host a Webinar for Personal Care Products Council Member Companies
•Oct 18, 2011 Partner Peter de la Cruz to Speak at Vinyltec 2011
•Oct 04, 2011 Peter de la Cruz to Participate in Environmental Law Institute (ELI) webina

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Antitrust
  • California's Proposition 65
  • Chemical Control
  • Chemical Control REACH
  • Environmental
  • Food & Drug
  • Health and Safety Compliance Audit
  • International
  • Trade and Professional Associations
  • TSCA
  • Workplace Safety and Health

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.434.4141  Phone
202.434.4646  Fax
University Attended:
Cornell University, B.A., 1969
Law School Attended:
University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 1976
Year of First Admission:
1982, District of Columbia; 1976, Ohio


•American Bar Association


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