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Lifecycle firm: Ropes & Gray

Life Science Stars


Alan Bennett, Washington, DC
Gregory H Levine, Washington, DC


Bradford “Jim” Badke, New York
James F Haley, New York
Denise L Loring, New York
Anita Varma, Boston


Geoffrey B Davis, Boston
Michael F Sexton, Boston
Steven A Wilcox, Boston
Marc A Rubenstein, Boston


Eve M Brunts, Boston
Colleen A Conry, Washington, DC
Brien T O’Connor, Boston
Joan McPhee, Boston
Mark S Popofsky, Washington, DC
With one of the most versatile practices in the industry, Ropes & Gray is capable of steering a product through the entire road it will take to reach the marketplace. "It is a firm that has a tremendous amount of skill sets," praises one colleague. "They are well aware of their strengths and are able to use them to the best of their abilities." The firm features a well-balanced practice group with a number of stars in each practice area.

An integral part of the firm's life science practice is their extremely reputable intellectual property practice. The firm sports a staff of over 150 attorneys with scientific degrees, 60 of those being PhDs. In the life sciences sector, attorneys James Haley and Anita Varma bring a wealth of experience and abilities to their clients by being able to handle nearly anything on both the contentious and non-contentious side of protecting and counseling on clients' IP portfolios.

Supporting the firm's litigation team are partners Denise Loring and Bradford "Jim" Badke, both of whom are very experienced in dealing with their client's issues in the courtroom. "Jim is one of the most superb lawyers I have worked with," is how one attorney describes their experience working with Badke in the courtroom.

Both the Transactional and Non-IP litigation practices at the firm help complement a dynamic and complete life sciences team at Ropes & Gray. Transactional attorneys Marc Rubenstein and Michael Sexton are integral parts of the firm's corporate practice, advising clients on many deals to help maximize their client's assets.

On the other side, the firm has a number of talented attorneys, including Eve Brunts, Colleen Conry, Joan Mcphee, and Brien O'Connor, handling government investigations and other fraud and abuse issues. Through our interviews with a number of competing firms, the white collar and government investigation crew was regularly mentioned as one of the better teams operating in the market.

The regulatory practice at the firm is another key component of the firm's life cycle capabilities. Alan Bennett, co-chair of the firm's Life Sciences Practice Group, is highly respected by industry practitioners and has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. His colleague, Gregory Levine, assisted the firm's corporate group with one of the industry's marquee mega-mergers. In April 2011, the firm devoted a number of resources across a variety of practice areas, assisting Genzyme in its acquisition of Sanofi-Aventis for $20.1 billion.

Practice group breakdown of Life Science Stars


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