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

Judge Finds Grounds to Sue California Insurance Commissioner for Refusing to Investigate Industry Fraud in Recent Wildfire Claims

Lawsuit Alleges Insurance Industry Has Illegally Used Unlicensed Out-of-State Adjusters to Cheat Victims of 2017 and 2018 Wildfires SAN FRANCISCO, April 1, 2019: A judge is permitting a survivor of the 2017 Tubbs Fire...

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How to Plan for a Smooth Transition of Your Family Business

Family Wealth Senior Associate Lauren Galbraith discusses how family internal dynamics play a role in transferring significant assets, especially a business, between generations. Link to read the full article.

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Attorney General Finds Impact Fees on Density Bonus Projects Invalid

In response to questions from a variety of cities across the state regarding the application of “public benefit fees” to density bonus projects, the State Attorney General’s Office published an opinion on April 9...

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The 10th Circuit Correctly Construes “That Particular Part” Narrowly

We do not often write about coverage opinions from jurisdictions as far away as Oklahoma; however, a recent case from the Federal Tenth Circuit looked at one of our favorite topics and came out...

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Event

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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Last Major SF Transbay Tower, Affordable Housing at Risk of Delays

Real Estate/Land Use and Development Partner Charles (C.J.) Higley shares his thoughts on why the 546 Howard St. tower project deserves priority for approval. Read the full article here .

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Identifying and Preparing Expert Witnesses for Trial

How do you identify the key experts you need for trial? Once you have them, what are the best practices for preparing them for trial? How do these practices vary depending on your venue, and...

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Who 'Owns' a Secret? Whether Trade Secret Licensees Have Standing to Sue in California

If the eye-popping damages awards in several recent lawsuits are any indication, companies are increasingly coming to see their private information as one of their most valuable assets—and California juries apparently agree. For example,...

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Individual Accountability in the Huawei Trade Secrets Prosecution

In the ongoing legal battle over the alleged theft of American trade secrets by Chinese telecom giant Huawei, one curious aspect is the lack of charges filed against any individual Huawei employees. On February...

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Event

North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to underwrite the North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference featuring keynote speaker Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. The event will also feature...

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