Richard A. Starr

Starr Richard

Richard Starr advises clients on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) matters, including the labeling, advertising, and marketing of cosmetics, dietary supplements, and foods. Richard also has experience assisting clients in understanding green chemistry and food packaging laws throughout the United States and identifying regulatory and legislative advocacy priorities. He has aided clients in establishing clearances for food additives and food-contact materials by the FDA and other international regulatory agencies. Richard represents clients throughout the value chain, including multinational chemical and food manufacturers, distributors, restaurants, and trade associations, in FDA, state, and international regulatory matters.

Richard previously worked at an internationally renowned law firm and a trade organization representing the leading companies in the chemical industry, where he focused on developing and advocating for policy positions under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).


Representative Matters

  • Represented EMZ portfolio company FotoFinder Systems, Inc., a Germany-based global leader in skin imaging solutions, in connection with its acquisition of DermLite LLC, a U.S.-based handheld dermoscopy device company




  • J.D. University of Maryland School of Law 2016
    • Managing editor, Journal of Business & Technology Law
  • B.S. Criminal Justice Northeastern University 2013

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association