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J. Kathleen (Katie) Bond counsels clients on food, drug, advertising, and labeling regulations with extensive experience in matters related to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other regulatory bodies. She provides advertising and labeling advice on a variety of products, including food, dietary supplements, over-the-counter drugs, personal care products, cosmetics, and CBD products, as well as on apparel, shoes, jewelry, and sports equipment.

Katie assists clients with the promotion of their products, including influencer campaigns and social media marketing, as well as crafting and substantiating health benefit claims, “green” marketing, “clean” and “sustainable” marketing, comparative advertising, and “Made in the USA” claims. She reviews and provides guidance regarding auto-ship programs, contests and sweepstakes, and the use of customer reviews and star ratings in product promotions. When necessary, she defends clients in FTC enforcement matters, in addition to defending and challenging advertising claims before the National Advertising Division (NAD).

Due to her in-depth knowledge of food, drug, advertising, and ad labeling regulations, she is frequently invited to speak at industry conferences and asked to author thought-leadership articles. Click here for a list of prior speaking engagements and publications.

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Katie was a partner at a national law firm focusing on advertising and promotion matters for consumer product and food and drug clients.

Education: Davidson College (B.A., 2000); American University Washington College of Law (J.D., 2006)

Admissions: District of Columbia

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