Speaker profile

David J. Ettinger

David J. Ettinger

Partner, Keller and Heckman

David Ettinger is the Chief Representative in Keller and Heckman’s Shanghai, China office. David counsels multinational companies on the import and export of food and food-related products to ensure compliance with regulations in the US, Europe and Asia. He also counsels clients on compliance with the laws and regulations in China regarding consumer products and tobacco-related products, such as e-cigarettes. He has worked in the firm’s Washington, DC and Brussels offices, and is uniquely positioned to counsel foreign companies who need to navigate the regulatory landscape in Asia. In China, he handles compliance and enforcement matters ranging from ingredient and labelling to product seizure and detention, to food and consumer product recalls and consumer complaints.

David is on the Executive Board of Mackrell International (a global legal network of over 90 international law firms). He is Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai’s Food, Agriculture & Beverage Committee and member of Keller and Heckman’s Marketing Committee and is a frequent lecturer and author on international food safety matters. David is a recognised practitioner by Chambers and Partners in the area of Life Sciences (International Firms) – China and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016, 2017, and 2018 (FDA Law).

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, David was a trademark attorney with the US 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 misdemeanours.


The State University of New York at Albany (B.A., cum laude, 1989); Pace University School of Law (J.D., 1992); King's College, London, England (LL.M., International Law, 1993).