Top attorneys meet for the 2017 LMG Life Sciences Awards

Lawyers from across the US and Canada gathered on Sept. 13 at the Essex House in New York to celebrate the annual LMG Life Sciences Awards, which recognized this year’s top firms and legal professionals operating in the life science market. The awards were based on the research conducted for the 2017 edition of LMG Life Sciences, and categories corresponded with the four main practice areas detailed in the publication.

In addition to highlighting some of the strongest legal work over the past year, part of the night was dedicated to honoring the careers of five veteran life science attorneys by inducting them into the LMG Hall of Fame.

The awards recognizing achievements in intellectual property will be featured in a special section of LMG's October edition of Managing IP Magazine. To obtain reprints for the awards section for your firm, please contact Kevin Dansky; +1 212 224 3673, kevin.dansky@euromoneyny.com.

Below is a list of this year’s award winners.

 

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Jeffrey Handwerker, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Jorge Goldstein, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

James Farrington, Wiggin and Dana

Richard Cooper, Williams & Connolly

Frederick Degnan, King & Spalding

 

Life Cycle Firm of the Year

WilmerHale

 

Regulatory

 

Regulatory Attorney of the Year: FDA 

Coleen Klasmeier, Sidley Austin

 

Regulatory Attorney of the Year: Medical Devices

Jeffrey Senger, Sidley Austin

 

Regulatory Attorney of the Year: Pricing & Reimbursement

Jeffrey Handwerker, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

 

Regulatory Firm of the Year

Sidley Austin

 

Finance & Transactional

 

Finance & Transactional Attorney of the Year: Corporate

Charles Ruck, Latham & Watkins

 

Finance & Transactional Attorney of the Year: Licensing & Collaboration

Judith Hasko, Latham & Watkins

 

Finance & Transactional Attorney of the Year: M&A

Joseph Barbeau, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

 

Finance & Transactional Firm of the Year: Corporate

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

 

Finance & Transactional: Licensing & Collaboration

Latham & Watkins

 

Finance & Transactional Firm of the Year: M&A

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

 

Financial & Transactional In-House Team of the Year

AbbVie

 

Venture Capital Firm of the Year

Cooley

 

Finance & Transactional Impact Cases of the Year

The Representation of Biotech Value Fund

Grail $900 million financing

Editas Med licensing and collaboration with Allergan

Novan Inc License Agreement with Sato Pharmaceutical Co Ltd

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals $670 million license and collaboration agreement with Amgen

 

Litigation & Enforcement 

Product Liability Attorney of the Year

Heidi Hubbard, Williams & Connolly

 

Product Liability Firm of the Year

Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum

 

Government Investigations Attorney of the Year

Reed Brodsky, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

 

Government Investigations Firm of the Year

Kirkland & Ellis

 

Antitrust Litigator of the Year

Mark Gidley, White & Case

 

Antitrust Firm of the Year

White & Case

 

Litigation Firm of the Year

Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum

 

Non-IP Litigation Impact Cases of the Year

Partner Fund Management Theranos-related Litigation

Abbott white-collar litigation

Merck K-Dur 20 antitrust litigation

Johnson & Johnson ovarian cancer product liability litigation

 

Intellectual Property 

 

Intellectual Property Boutique Firm of the Year

Fish & Richardson

 

Hatch-Waxman Litigator of the Year – Branded

Adam Perlman, Williams & Connolly

 

Hatch-Waxman Litigation Firm of the Year – Branded

Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

 

Hatch-Waxman Litigator of the Year – Generic

Elizabeth Holland, Goodwin Procter

 

Hatch-Waxman Litigation Firm of the Year – Generic

Goodwin Procter

 

Hatch-Waxman Impact Cases of the Year

AstraZeneca AB v Aurobindo Ltd et al

Merck Sharp & Dohme BV v Warner Chilcott Company LLC et al

Novartis Pharmaceuticals et al v Roxane Laboratories Inc et al

Purdue Pharma LP et al v Watson Laboratories Inc et al

 

General Patent Litigator of the Year – California

David Gindler, Irell & Manella

 

General Patent Litigator of the Year - District of Columbia

 

Deanne Maynard, Morrison & Foerster

 

General Patent Litigator of the Year – Illinois

David Pritikin, Sidley Austin

 

General Patent Litigator of the Year - New England

Lisa Pirozzolo, WilmerHale

 

General Patent Litigator of the Year - New York

Elizabeth Weiswasser, Weil Gotshal & Manges

 

General Patent Litigation Firm of the Year

Fish & Richardson

 

Patent Impact Cases of the Year

Coherus BioSciences Inc v AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd

Gilead Sciences Inc v Merck & Co, Inc et al

GlaxoSmithKline LLC et al v Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc

Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC et al v Gilead Sciences Inc et al

Sandoz Inc v Amgen Inc

 

Patent Strategy & Management Attorney of the Year – California

Catherine Polizzi, Morrison & Foerster

 

Patent Strategy & Management Attorney of the Year - District of Columbia

Thomas Irving, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

 

Patent Strategy & Management Attorney of the Year – Massachusetts

Brenda Jarrell, Choate Hall & Stewart

 

Patent Strategy & Management Attorney of the Year – Midwest

John Kilyk, Leydig Voit & Mayer
 

Patent Strategy & Management Attorney of the Year - New York

Benjamin Hsing, BakerHostetler

 

Patent Strategy and Management Firm of the Year

Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

 

Post Grant Proceedings Attorney of the Year

Eldora Ellison, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

 

Intellectual Property Firm of the Year

Goodwin Procter

 

Inter-Partes Review Firm of the Year

Fish & Richardson

  

Intellectual Property In-house Team of the Year

Sandoz

 

Canada

 

Canadian Product Liability Attorney of the Year

Sylvie Rodrigue, Torys

 

Canadian Product Liability Firm of the Year

Torys

 

Canadian In-House Team of the Year

Bayer

 

Canadian Life Cycle Firm of the Year

Torys

 

Canadian Patent Litigation Attorney of the Year

Steven Mason, McCarthy Tétrault

 

Canadian Patent Contentious Firm of the Year

Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith

 

Canadian Patent Non-Contentious Attorney of the Year 

Micheline Gravelle, Bereskin & Parr

 

Canadian Patent Non-Contentious Firm of the Year 

Bereskin & Parr

 

Canadian Rising Star

Melanie Baird, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith

 

Canadian IP Impact Cases of the Year

AstraZeneca Canada Inc v Apotex Inc

Janssen Inc v Teva Canada Limited

Gilead Sciences et al v Apotex Inc et al

 

Canadian Deals of the Year

Advisory of OrbiMed Partners

Aquinox $75.4 million financing

Sale of Laborie Medical Technologies

 

Rising Stars & Firms to Watch

 

US Intellectual Property Rising Star

Bryan C Diner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garret & Dunner

 

US Non-IP Rising Star

Kim Dunne, Sidley Austin

 

US Regulatory Rising Star

Michael Heyl, Hogan Lovells

 

US Transactional Rising Star

Kristopher Brown, Dechert

 

Firm to Watch: IP

McNeill Baur

 

Firm to Watch: Transactional

Lowenstein Sandler

 

Firm to Watch: Regulatory

Kleinfeld Kaplan & Becker

 

Firm to Watch: Non-IP Litigation

Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum

 

Firm to Watch: Canada

Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin