David J. Ettinger

David J. Ettinger

Keller and Heckman LLP

Recognized since 2016

Washington, District of Columbia

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David Ettinger is the resident U.S. partner in Keller and Heckman’s Shanghai, China office. Mr. Ettinger counsels clients on the import and export of food and food-related products to ensure compliance with regulations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Mr. Ettinger also worked in the firm’s Washington, DC and Brussels offices, and is uniquely positioned to counsel foreign food and food packaging companies in the Asian market. In China, he handles compliance and enforcement matters ranging from ingredient and labeling to product detention and food recalls.

Mr. Ettinger is on the Executive Board of Mackrell International (a global network of over 90 international law firms), and is Chair of Mackrell International's North American Business Development Committee. Mr. Ettinger is Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai’s Food, Agriculture & Beverage Committee and member of Keller and Heckman’s Marketing Committee. He is a frequent lecturer and author on international food safety matters and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 and 2017 (FDA Law).

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Mr. Ettinger was a trademark attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, he has extensive trial experience as a former assistant district attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney's Office in New York where he prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors.

Contact & Links


  • 1001 G Street, NW, Suite 500 West
    Washington, DC 20001


  • Pace University , J.D., graduated 1992

Bar Admissions

  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association


  • Mackrell International - Chair of Mackrell International's Regulatory Practice Group

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • FDA Law

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