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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Corporate Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
John E. Burke was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

John E. Burke

Burke Patent Law Group LLC
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Centennial, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Patent Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Menlo Park, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
Merton G. "Mert" Gollaher  was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Merton G. "Mert" Gollaher

Garfunkel Wild, P.C.
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Stamford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
Alan B. Kalin was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Alan B. Kalin

Alan B. Kalin
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
Shawna C. Lemon was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Shawna C. Lemon

Stanek Lemon Crouse + Meeks, PA
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Menlo Park, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Technology Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax Law Nonprofit / Charities Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation and Controversy - Tax Trusts and Estates Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Regulatory Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Utilities Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Finance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Litigation Securities Regulation Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Patent Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Copyright Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Redwood City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice

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Practice Area Definition

Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Definition

Biotechnology law requires specialized expertise in the laws, regulations, business, and transactions applicable to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and the institutions that finance and support them, such as venture capital and investment banking firms and medical research institutes. Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals are heavily regulated industries with exceptionally long and expensive product development cycles.

The commercial success of these companies often depends on their ability to protect their intellectual property rights, to develop and commercialize their products in conformity with FDA and other regulatory requirements, to successfully raise financing from all available sources in both good and bad economic conditions, and to partner with larger companies in the industry to help bring their innovative products to the market. As a result, life sciences companies require significant legal expertise in the fields of intellectual property, FDA regulations, marketing compliance, licensing and collaborations, venture capital financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial agreements unique to the industry, such as biologic and pharmaceutical manufacturing, supply, distribution, and co-promotion agreements. Biotechnology lawyers must be experts in one or more of these fields and be able to work collaboratively with legal experts in related fields.
Biotechnology law requires specialized expertise in the laws, regulations, business, and transactions applicable to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and the institutions that finance and support them, such as venture capital and investment banking firms and medical research institutes. Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals are heavily regulated industries with exceptionally long and expensive product development cycles.

The commercial success of these companies often depends on their ability to protect their intellectual property rights, to develop and commercialize their products in conformity with FDA and other regulatory requirements, to successfully raise financing from all available sources in both good and bad economic conditions, and to partner with larger companies in the industry to help bring their innovative products to the market. As a result, life sciences companies require significant legal expertise in the fields of intellectual property, FDA regulations, marketing compliance, licensing and collaborations, venture capital financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial agreements unique to the industry, such as biologic and pharmaceutical manufacturing, supply, distribution, and co-promotion agreements. Biotechnology lawyers must be experts in one or more of these fields and be able to work collaboratively with legal experts in related fields.