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

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Aviva Gilbert Selected as 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder

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CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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California's Bold Step Forward Into the Contentious World of Wetlands Regulation

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Insurance for the Cannabis Industry Program Takeaways

I recently moderated a Bar Association of San Francisco Insurance Section program co-sponsored with the Cannabis Law Section. The program highlighted recent changes to local insurance requirements and market availability of coverage for cannabis...

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Cannabis Companies and the California Consumer Privacy Act

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2019 Forum for State Appellate Court Judges: Aggregate Litigation in State Courts - Preserving Vital Mechanisms

At the Pound Civil Justice Institute's 2019 Forum for State Appellate Court Judges, Jim Bruen will discuss recent impediments to aggregate litigation implemented on the federal level, emerging trends in aggregate litigation in the United States,...

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named 2019 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel’s James L. Day , Jeffrey M. Fisher , Eugene Mar , Stephanie P. Skaff and Roderick M. Thompson have been named IP Stars by Managing...

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Keeping Tabs on Energy Efficiency – New Benchmarking Requirements for San Francisco

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Former City of Napa Planner Rick Tooker Joins Farella Braun + Martel

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Bloomberg Law In-House Forum West: The Trigger: Internal Investigation Trends

Jessica Nall will speak at the Bloomberg Law In-House Forum West program, "The Trigger: Internal Investigation Trends." For companies that are rapidly evolving, becoming more digital and global, staying aware of developments that may...

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