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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Cannabis and Employment Law

Rebecca Stephens will present the session "Cannabis and Employment Law" at the Network of Trial Law Firms' Litigation Management in a New York Minute – 2019 Edition event. Overview:  Medical marijuana is now legal in 33...

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

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Bay Area Opportunity Zones 2.0

On the heels of recently released regulation by the US government, we dive back into the state of OZs in the Bay Area. What You'll Learn What are the most important takeaways from the...

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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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Are You Background Checking Your Contractors? If So, Exercise Caution.

Employers who use background checks in their hiring processes are likely aware of the various requirements under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and analogous state statutes. They must provide clear disclosures and obtain...

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

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Legal Ins and Outs of 'Opportunity Zones' — So Far

A new tax incentive intended to stimulate investment in low-income communities known as opportunity zones has attracted significant attention from investors, developers, and business owners since its enactment under Section 1400Z-2 of the Internal...

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The Legal 500 United States 2019 Recognizes Farella Braun + Martel Practices & Attorneys

The 2019 edition of Legal 500 United States recognized Farella Braun + Martel among the top firms in the Construction, Land Use/Zoning, and Not-for-Profit practice areas. Recognized attorneys include: Construction Adam Dawson CJ Higley...

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What California’s New Security Law Means to Your Business

Commonsense IoT security steps that startups and small business should consider to comply with California’s new law California recently enacted a new law, Senate Bill 327, that requires companies that make Internet of Things...

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