Technology

Life Sciences

Farella Braun + Martel has a multidisciplinary team of attorneys who represent life science, medical product and healthcare technology companies, including biotechnology companies, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, software companies, investment banks and venture capital firms.

We provide assistance to life sciences companies at every stage of development, from startup and emerging enterprises to late stage companies. At the root of our work is a strong desire to assist innovators to create and protect the next generation of technologies that will save and improve life globally. Our lawyers have the education and experience to dive into and unpack the science at the heart of many of the high-stakes matters our life sciences clients face, utilizing both their own scientific backgrounds and technical experts to ensure that our clients’ stories can be told accurately, clearly, concisely, and persuasively to judges, juries, arbitrators and regulatory agencies.

Farella’s life sciences team is truly cross-functional. We have deep experience in commercial, intellectual property, employment, insurance coverage, securities and white collar criminal litigation as well as product liability and product stewardship. Our litigators have handled a range of patent, licensing, indemnity, insurance recovery and contract disputes involving technologies as varied as eukaryotic cells transformed with recombinant DNA plasmids, erythropoietin (EPO) mimetic peptides, vascular closure devices, phage display and PCR-related technology. The white collar crime and internal corporate investigations team has extensive experience representing life sciences companies and their executives, including in conducting internal investigations and in defending against government actions and investigations relating to allegations of off-label marketing. Our environmental and products lawyers have defended life sciences clients in products liability claims, device defect litigation and in conducting sensitive internal employee health investigations. Our corporate attorneys are experienced in all forms of business transactions, including traditional M&A, licensing deals, joint ventures, and strategic investments—and can readily switch between them as required to meet our client's objective.

Firm Highlights

News

Farella Braun + Martel Partner Named to Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation

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Event

CalCPA: Wine Industry Conference

Lauren Gilbreth will present the session "Succession Planning" at the CalCPA - Wine Industry Conference. The ever dynamic wine industry is fraught with complicated tax, labor and accounting issues. Please join us as we...

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Event

Complex Civil Litigation Symposium

Doug Dexter is a member of the planning committee for the 2019 Complex Civil Litigation Symposium.

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Publication

How Napa County Seeks to Streamline the Winery Permit Process

Recently, local members of the wine industry in Napa County have been actively engaged with county government in discussions regarding ways to streamline the winery use permit process. Frustrated with the cost and lengthy...

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Publication

In the Weeds: Marijuana Legalization & Employment Laws

Over the last several years, attitudes towards marijuana use have rapidly changed in the United States. According to a 2018 Pew Research Survey, 62 percent of U.S. respondents said marijuana use should be legal...

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

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New California Crown Act Reminds Employers to Carefully Consider Workplace Dress and Grooming Policies

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law the nation’s first bill banning discrimination based on an employee’s hairstyle. Senate Bill 188, otherwise known as the Crown Act, expanded the definition of race under...

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Eugene Mar Named to Americas Rising Star Awards Shortlist by Euromoney Legal Media Group

Farella Braun + Martel partner Eugene Y. Mar has been named to the 2019 Americas Rising Star Awards shortlist for "Best in Patent" by Euromoney Legal Media Group. Eugene chairs Farella’s Technology Industry Group. As...

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Event

Women in Cleantech & Sustainability

Lysondra Ludwig will speak at the WCS Talks - a full day TED-Style event and startup pitch competition hosted by Google.

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Publication

California's Changing Approach to Housing Policy

Hardly a day goes by without news headlines reminding us that California is in the midst of a severe housing crisis. As with any crisis situation, questions abound. How did we get here? How...

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