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I grew up in San Diego but spent many years on the East Coast and Midwest as a partner in a large law firm, leading the legal function of the largest US university related to its technology commercialization efforts, and helping bring a few therapeutics and medical devices to market. When complemented with my biotechnology law practice, I've assisted clients with translating and commercializing life-saving technologies throughout the world.
I created Torrey Pines Law Group when I returned home to San Diego in 2013. Throughout my career, I have successfully represented pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, specialty chemical, digital health, healthcare software, artificial intelligence, and convergence technology clients for more than 20 years. The "convergence" often includes machine learning, deep learning, and complex algorithms.
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In addition to my private practice, I served as chief IP counsel to a medical device company which develops artificial intelligence (AI) software for cancer detection. I also served as chief IP counsel for an international biopharmaceutical company where I helped commercialize immuno-oncology and cardiovascular drugs throughout the world. For many years, I was recognized nationally for my law practice by The Best Lawyers in America®.
I've also been an academic advisor to entrepreneurship centers at the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton, Law, and Medicine), Washington University in St. Louis, and UC San Diego. I was also an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law where I taught a Biotechnology Law intersession course.
Outside my law practice, I thoroughly enjoy hiking the California backcountry. What I love most, however, is spending time outdoors -- every single day -- with my daughter, family and friends.
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry/Chemistry from UC San Diego where I was an undergraduate Research Scholar. I then received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where I was Editor-in-Chief of the Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law and Policy.
I have been selected by my peers for inclusion in:
I am registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and am admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and Missouri. I am also admitted to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
Torrey Pines Law Group, PC serves technology innovators with protecting intellectual property, obtaining regulatory approvals and clearances, and making deals and closing technology transactions throughout the U.S., including in major technology hubs such as San Diego, San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose, Silicon Valley, Boston, Cambridge, Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Boulder, Orlando, the Research Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill), the Mid-Atlantic (New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC), Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Ann Arbor, and throughout Southern California in Los Angeles, Orange County, Irvine, Torrey Pines, Sorrento Valley, and La Jolla.
We have experience with international intellectual property, regulatory and transactional matters pending in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou China; Tokyo, Japan; Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt Germany; Tel Aviv Israel; Mumbai, Bengaluru, and New Delhi India; London and Edinburgh United Kingdom; Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal Canada; Dublin, Ireland; Cape Town, South Africa; Mexico City and Tijuana Mexico; Brussels, Belgium; Copenhagen, Denmark; Paris, France; Madrid and Barcelona Spain; Moscow, Russia; Santiago, Chile; Montevideo, Uruguay; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; Hong Kong; Hanoi, Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Milan, Italy; Singapore; Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Kiev, Ukraine; Budapest, Hungary; Vienna, Austria; Prague, Czechia; Geneva and Lausanne Switzerland; Bahrain; Doha, Qatar; Abu Dhabi and Dubai UAE; and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Biotech Patent Attorney - Medical Device Patent Preparation & Prosecution Lawyer - Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property Opinions - Complex IP Transactions - San Diego IP Lawyer - Technology Commercialization Counsel - Pharmaceutical Patent Counsel - Technology Commercialization Advisor