I am an experienced intellectual property, transactional, and regulatory attorney who handles matters for high technology institutions such as Fortune 500® and other entrepreneurial businesses. As a partner in a large law firm, my clients included medical device, diagnostics, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and convergence technology companies, prominent private research institutes, and the nation's premier public university system. I also managed all legal affairs for a university's $130M research program well-known for developing laser, optics, and simulation technologies. For many years, I was recognized nationally for my law practice by The Best Lawyers in America®.
I have assisted clients with company alliance agreements, technology licensing, investment due diligence, opinion drafting, patent preparation and prosecution, and patent, trademark and copyright infringement litigation. I also have significant experience related to corporate formation, mergers/acquisitions, corporate governance, import/export, federal contracts and grants, public records, public finance, conflicts of interest, research investigations, and Institutional Review Board matters.
Prior to becoming an attorney, I was a biochemist and small business owner. I have also been an academic advisor to entrepreneurship centers at the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in St. Louis. Recently, I was an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law where I taught a Biotechnology Law intersession course.
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry/Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego where I was an undergraduate Research Scholar. I then received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh where I was Editor-in-Chief of the Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law and Policy.