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Keller and Heckman, founded in 1962, has a broad practice in the areas of regulatory law, litigation, and business transactions, serving both domestic and international clients from offices in Washington, DC, Brussels, San Francisco, and Shanghai.

The firm is a pioneer in the use of interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving. It has an in-house scientific staff that works closely with the firm’s attorneys on matters of technical complexity. Many of the attorneys also have government experience and expertise in multiple areas of the law.

Keller and Heckman represents a wide spectrum of companies and trade associations servicing a range of industries, including food and food additives, plastics, pesticides, industrial and specialty chemicals, drugs and medical devices, transportation, and telecommunications. The firm’s practice covers the diverse regulatory areas that affect these industries, as well as business counseling and litigation issues. Its attorneys and scientists emphasize creative service to clients involved in the development of new products, services, and markets.

Keller and Heckman’s team of pesticides-focused attorneys and scientists help clients develop product approval programs and produce high quality registration applications and technical product dossiers. We also help clients defend existing markets worldwide against governmental pressure and environmentalist activism. With extensive and direct experience in regulatory and compliance counseling, legislative issues, and environmental audits, the pesticides attorneys and scientists provide assistance in a multitude of areas affecting the pesticides industry.

Pesticide Practice Group Leaders: David G. Sarvadi and Michael T. Novak

Mr. Sarvadi is a Partner at Keller and Heckman, where he practices in the areas of occupational health and safety, toxic substance management, pesticide regulation, employment law, and product safety.

Mr. Sarvadi represents clients in legal proceedings involving EPA, OSHA, TSCA, and works with clients in developing, reviewing, and auditing compliance programs.




Mr. Novak is a Partner at Keller and Heckman, where he 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.