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Industry Experience

Assistant General Counsel

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Partner in Life Sciences Practice

Nixon Peabody LLP

An experienced pharmaceutical and regulatory lawyer, Jill works with life science clients on research, drug development and clinical matters.

She has extensive experience handling and providing strategic advice in multiple areas including master vendor agreements for the conduct of global clinical trials, clinical trial site agreements and other study start-up agreements, material transfer agreements, informed consent forms, development of expanded access and compassionate use programs, licenses and collaboration agreements such as sponsored research agreements, government collaborations (including CRADAs) and co-development agreements. Jill also helps clients develop and implement policies, practices and procedures relating to GCP, global spend transparency initiatives (including U.S. federal and state Sunshine laws) and privacy requirements.

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Assistant General Counsel

  • Worked on site related and vendor related clinical trial agreements
  • Developed metric-based master agreements to help ensure greater vendor accountability
  • Supported clinical operations and quality assurance in the investigation and resolution of issues arising during the conduct of global clinical studies.

Nixon Peabody LLP

Partner in Life Sciences Practice

  • Assisted pharmaceutical and med device clients in the development and negotiation of pre-clinical and clinical agreements including material transfer agreements, collaboration agreements and other transactional agreements
  • Assisted clients in the development of templated agreements and internal guidance relating to the negotiation of these agreements

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Joe is or has been involved in a wide range of philanthropic and community organizations, including:

  • The Center for Discovery. Pro bono counsel for R&D initiatives at a leading provider of medical and clinical care and education services for people with complex developmental disabilities.
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Partners in Health. Pro bono counsel for an international health services joint venture.
  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Board of DirectorsTrustees.
  • Partners Healthcare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine, Genetics Advisory Council, past member.
  • Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, Medical Science and Technology Council, past member.
  • CAVU Foundation, Board of Directors, past member. CAVU  supported community programs that enhance the health care of underserved children in Massachusetts.
  • Venturing Out, Board of Directors, past member. Venturing Out was an innovative not-for-profit organization that taught entrepreneurship to incarcerated and court-involved adults and high-risk youth.
  • The Possible Project, Co-Founder of a not-for-profit that helps young people imagine, create and run their own business.
  • Slow Money, Maine and New York chapters. Joe worked with leadership to create pathways for individuals and families to provide financial assistance to farmers and agriculture businesses promoting sustainable local food systems. He also developed novel “patient loan” structures that have been used to raise critical financing for businesses that are re-building agricultural and fisheries food infrastructures.

Joe has spoken on business law and ethics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Program of Health Sciences and Technology), Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (Net Impact Conference), and Boston College Law School.

Joe was a member of the National Finance Council and actively involved in the voter protection team for the Stacey Abrams for Governor campaign.

Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • New York


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D. and L.L.M. (Taxation)
  • Smith College, B.A.