Life Sciences



Companies engaged in life sciences face enormous litigation, regulatory, financial and intellectual property challenges − further amplified by the introduction of disruptive technologies and breakneck regulatory change. Drawing on more than 40 years of related experience, Wilson Elser understands this often erratic landscape and offers thoughtful, practical advice to pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies around the world. 

We pride ourselves on extricating our clients from litigation early and efficiently, though are unafraid to vigorously defend them in court when the situation demands. Whether retained for standalone cases or extensive mass tort actions, we bring a level of creativity, rigor and discipline as lead, national or coordinating counsel that allows us to maintain an enviable record of success and has earned us the loyalty of our many Life Sciences clients.   

Our practice attorneys take a fully integrated approach, frequently forming multidisciplinary teams composed of colleagues who represent finely tuned combinations of corporate governance; financing and M&A transactions; government and regulatory matters and investigations, collaborations and licensing; and intellectual property law. As dictated by the scope and size of a matter, team members also may include attorneys from multiple Wilson Elser offices, who are intimately familiar with the regulatory landscape involving the life sciences industry.   

Acknowledging that a swift and well-coordinated response in a crisis can be essential, we offer emergency response capabilities. Our attorneys can assemble “go-teams” of appropriate legal and non-legal personnel that can be engaged − often on-site − within the first critical hours of a crisis.

  • Our life sciences clients can access this full complement of services:

    • FDA regulations
    • FDA/DOJ investigations
    • Import/export of drugs and medical devices
    • Clinical trial compliance and R&D
    • Intellectual property
    • Insurance coverage
    • Unfair competition
    • Pharmaceutical and medical device defects
    • Adulteration and misbranding
    • Off-label use
    • Mass torts
    • Product recalls
    • Government audits

Embracing the promise and potential of life sciences, we are committed to handling all related legal matters, empowering our clients to focus on their chief objective: improving people’s lives.