Life Sciences

At Jones Day, our lawyers combine legal and technical skills with practical business insight to help our pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology clients overcome their greatest legal challenges so they can focus on developing innovative solutions to some of life’s most difficult problems.

With one of the most resourceful practices throughout the globe, our life sciences lawyers work seamlessly across multiple disciplines including antitrust, business and tort litigation, health care, labor & employment, intellectual property, M&A and tax, to solve the regulatory, transactional and litigation issues that life sciences companies encounter.

Our life sciences clients include public and private companies in all stages of development, such as multinational pharmaceutical companies, fully integrated biopharmaceutical companies, diagnostic and medical device companies, consumer products companies, nutraceutical companies, academic medical centers, research institutions and universities. We also work with venture and private equity funds and investment banking institutions active in the life sciences arena.

Lawyers at Jones Day work in groups to provide the full range of legal services required by life sciences clients in the relevant industry, including:

  • FDA and European Union regulatory counseling
  • Hatch-Waxman patent litigation
  • Intellectual property litigation, including patent interferences and oppositions
  • Intellectual property opinions, including validity, infringement, and peer review opinions
  • Patent and trademark portfolio strategy, creation, and management
  • Products liability
  • Public and private financings
  • Securities litigation and criminal investigations
  • Technology-driven agreements, including in-depth knowledge of cross-border licensing, collaborations, R&D partnerships, and consulting

Our approach has assisted clients in achieving outstanding results, including the following:

  • Represented Abbott Laboratories in its $722 million acquisition of Facet Biotech Corporation
  • Advised AstraZeneca on IP strategies for China; provided advice on patenting strategies, protection of trade secrets, and non-compete agreements
  • Represented BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc. in the acquisition of LEAD Therapeutics, Inc. for up to $97 million, including potential milestone payments
  • Advised BioSphere Medical, Inc. on issues surrounding their entire patent portfolio for its commercial products and its inter partes opposition proceedings in conjunction with the company’s $100 million acquisition by Merit Medical Systems
  • Represented Celgene in its acquisition of Glouchester Pharmaceuticals for up to $640 million, including potential milestone payments
  • Represented Idenix Pharmaceuticals in challenging a patent term adjustment determined by the USPTO after issuance of a patent matter directed to a clinical drug candidate for the treatment of HIV resulting in a favorable decision for our client
  • Represented King Pharmaceuticals in a preliminary injunction against Core Pharma halting sales of a generic version of Skelaxin®

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  • Analytical Capability

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  • Judgment

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  • Communication

    4.8/5.0
  • Legal Experience

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  • Communication

    4.6/5.0
  • Responsiveness

    4.5/5.0
  • Quality of Service

    4.7/5.0
  • Value for Money

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Diversity

PHILOSOPHY

Jones Day's culture is one of teamwork and we pride ourselves on being "One Firm Worldwide." Our lawyers, in 14 countries on four continents, work together as respected professionals and trusted colleagues to achieve our paramount goal - the advancement of the client's interests. At Jones Day, we  understand that a strong team is a diverse and inclusive one that permits attorneys from all backgrounds and cultures to flourish and develop their full potential.

COMMITMENT

Jones Day is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting attorneys and law students from all backgrounds. Our Diversity Task Force supports the U.S. office and practice leaders in entry-level and lateral recruitment, the development and retention of minority and female attorneys, and diversity awareness. The Task Force is led by Kevyn Orr, a partner in our Washington Office, and is supported by our D.C. recruiting manager, Christine Miller, an attorney with extensive experience in the recruitment and development of lawyers, particularly women and minorities.

RECRUITING

Jones Day seeks to attract diverse attorneys through participation in and sponsorship of internships and clerkships that provide substantive legal experience to women and minority law students and through our participation in and sponsorship of job fairs, recognition events, and career-development programs for women and minority law students and organizations. In addition, women and minority lawyers contribute to the recruiting efforts in our local offices by serving on their respective recruiting and summer associates committees and by acting as mentors and as liaisons to local law schools.

ATTORNEY DEVELOPMENT

To ensure that all of our attorneys have the opportunity to develop their full potential, Jones Day:

Provides extensive in-house training programs for junior and mid-level attorneys.

  • Involves associates in business development and client meetings.
  • Provides formal and informal mentoring opportunities.
  • Became one of the first large firms in the country to offer a part-time policy, firm sponsorship of emergency day care, and domestic-partner benefits.
  • Supports our attorneys in pro bono activities and programs sponsored by local bar associations and community organizations.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Jones Day promotes the development and implementation of methods for increasing diversity within the legal profession through our active engagement in programs, conferences, and commissions sponsored by the American Bar Association and an array of national specialty bar associations for women and minorities.

Jones Day is a signatory to a variety of minority hiring goals established by local bar associations across the country. In addition, the Firm actively seeks to increase hiring and retention of women and minorities through engagement in collaborations such as the Managing Partners' Diversity Initiative and the Managing Partners' Roundtable in Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Washington.

PRO BONO

Jones Day's pro bono activities reflect our commitment to diversity. Our lawyers have represented organizations supporting the right to die, assisted immigrants in obtaining asylum, advocated for the rights of sexual minorities, fought for the rights of college students to vote, challenged housing discrimination, supported affirmative action in higher education, counseled churches and other religious organizations, and filed briefs on behalf of organizations to advance a remarkably broad range of views.

RESULTS

Jones Day's diversity outreach and attorney-development efforts are working:  

  • One woman partner was appointed chair of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association for 2007–2008.
  • Women head our Washington, Pittsburgh, Houston, and Atlanta offices.
  • Women and minorities provide leadership as practice leaders and local-office administrative and hiring partners.
  • 14 women and three minorities sit on the Firm's Advisory Committee.
  • Of the 33 U.S. lawyers elevated to partner last year, eight are minorities and seven are women.
  • As of January 2008, women made up more than 36 percent of our attorneys worldwide and minorities made up 11 percent of our U.S. attorneys.
  • Of the 147 new associates who will start work in U.S. offices in the fall of 2008, 71 are women and 33 are minorities.  

THE FUTURE

As "One Firm Worldwide," with offices and clients all over the globe, Jones Day values the unique and varied talents of our lawyers and understands that meaningful diversity within the Firm contributes directly to excellence in client service. Meaningful diversity, like excellence in client service, is achieved not through mere declarations but through unceasing commitment, thoughtful planning, and deliberate action. That is the course we follow.

PHILOSOPHY 

Jones Day's culture is one of teamwork and we pride ourselves on being "One Firm Worldwide." Our lawyers, in 14 countries on four continents, work together as respected professionals and trusted colleagues to achieve our paramount goal - the advancement of the client's interests. At Jones Day, we  understand that a strong team is a diverse and inclusive one that permits attorneys from all backgrounds and cultures to flourish and develop their full potential.

COMMITMENT 

Jones Day is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting attorneys and law students from all backgrounds. Our Diversity Task Force supports the U.S. office and practice leaders in entry-level and lateral recruitment, the development and retention of minority and female attorneys, and diversity awareness. The Task Force is led by Kevyn Orr, a partner in our Washington Office, and is supported by our D.C. recruiting manager, Christine Miller, an attorney with extensive experience in the recruitment and development of lawyers, particularly women and minorities.

RECRUITING  

Jones Day seeks to attract diverse attorneys through participation in and sponsorship of internships and clerkships that provide substantive legal experience to women and minority law students and through our participation in and sponsorship of job fairs, recognition events, and career-development programs for women and minority law students and organizations. In addition, women and minority lawyers contribute to the recruiting efforts in our local offices by serving on their respective recruiting and summer associates committees and by acting as mentors and as liaisons to local law schools.

ATTORNEY DEVELOPMENT

To ensure that all of our attorneys have the opportunity to develop their full potential, Jones Day:  

  • Provides extensive in-house training programs for junior and mid-level attorneys.
  • Involves associates in business development and client meetings.
  • Provides formal and informal mentoring opportunities.
  • Became one of the first large firms in the country to offer a part-time policy, firm sponsorship of emergency day care, and domestic-partner benefits.
  • Supports our attorneys in pro bono activities and programs sponsored by local bar associations and community organizations.  

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Jones Day promotes the development and implementation of methods for increasing diversity within the legal profession through our active engagement in programs, conferences, and commissions sponsored by the American Bar Association and an array of national specialty bar associations for women and minorities.

Jones Day is a signatory to a variety of minority hiring goals established by local bar associations across the country. In addition, the Firm actively seeks to increase hiring and retention of women and minorities through engagement in collaborations such as the Managing Partners' Diversity Initiative and the Managing Partners' Roundtable in Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Washington.

PRO BONO

Jones Day's pro bono activities reflect our commitment to diversity. Our lawyers have represented organizations supporting the right to die, assisted immigrants in obtaining asylum, advocated for the rights of sexual minorities, fought for the rights of college students to vote, challenged housing discrimination, supported affirmative action in higher education, counseled churches and other religious organizations, and filed briefs on behalf of organizations to advance a remarkably broad range of views.

RESULTS

Jones Day's diversity outreach and attorney-development efforts are working:  

  • One woman partner was appointed chair of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association for 2007–2008.
  • Women head our Washington, Pittsburgh, Houston, and Atlanta offices.
  • Women and minorities provide leadership as practice leaders and local-office administrative and hiring partners.
  • 14 women and three minorities sit on the Firm's Advisory Committee.
  • Of the 33 U.S. lawyers elevated to partner last year, eight are minorities and seven are women.
  • As of January 2008, women made up more than 36 percent of our attorneys worldwide and minorities made up 11 percent of our U.S. attorneys.
  • Of the 147 new associates who will start work in U.S. offices in the fall of 2008, 71 are women and 33 are minorities.

THE FUTURE

As "One Firm Worldwide," with offices and clients all over the globe, Jones Day values the unique and varied talents of our lawyers and understands that meaningful diversity within the Firm contributes directly to excellence in client service. Meaningful diversity, like excellence in client service, is achieved not through mere declarations but through unceasing commitment, thoughtful planning, and deliberate action. That is the course we follow.

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