Peter L. de la Cruz

Senior Counsel
+1 202.434.4141
+1 202.434.4646

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® PreeminentTM 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).


Bar Admission 
District of Columbia

American Bar Association

University of Toledo
Cornell University
Special Focus Articles 
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