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Biotech Transactional Lawyer (Massachusetts)

March 6, 2019

Faber Daeufer & Itrato is a dynamic, independent law firm that provides corporate and transactional counsel to clients in the drug and life sciences industries, and in other emerging technology sectors including cleantech and cloud computing. Since its founding in 2003, the firm has built a premier boutique practice working with over 1,000 companies, research institutions and investors in the life sciences and other emerging technology sectors. The firm includes 23 lawyers, 9 contracts specialists, 1 corporate paralegal and 6 technology, finance and administration professionals. The firm is based in Waltham, Massachusetts and has offices in New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Our firm is comprised of professionals whose collective experience handling life science and emerging technologies business transactions and in-house operational knowledge are extraordinary in a law firm. We are committed to maintaining our established standards of excellence by hiring individuals with significant experience in the legal and life sciences fields, the highest professional capabilities and potential, and the enthusiasm and service commitment that constitutes the identity of this firm.

Job Requirements

We are seeking a high-energy, self-motivated individual to join our team as a junior associate, focused on biotech transactions, at our main office in Waltham, Massachusetts. This individual will have extensive front-line interaction with clients and will handle the drafting and negotiation of a high-volume of specialized agreements necessary for the day-to-day operations of companies pursuing pharmaceutical discovery and development. These agreements include clinical trial, confidentiality, consulting, evaluation, material transfer, research collaboration and non-clinical, clinical and manufacturing services agreements. The attorney will join a dedicated team of individuals with highly specialized and deep industry experience and a critical role in servicing our clients.


JD degree required, and admission to practice (or eligible to seek admission to practice) in Massachusetts.


A minimum of 1 year of relevant experience in private law practice is required. Relevant experience negotiating contracts for life sciences organizations is preferred.

Technical Skills And Substantive Background

Excellent legal drafting ability is critical and must be accompanied by strong word processing skills. Facility with common technology tools, including Microsoft Office, PDF document usage, document comparison software, document management systems, and teleconference and videoconference tools, is expected. Familiarity with IP licensing practices, US and international clinical trial contracting practices, and/or biotechnology business practices is preferred.

Other Key Capabilities

The successful candidate will have extensive client contact experience and must possess the highest caliber of professionalism and client management skills. He or she must be effective in helping clients identify strategic goals, prioritize key issues, and find (and document) pragmatic solutions to these issues, for multiple forms of transactions. Sophisticated communication skills, and comfort and confidence to interact directly with clinical, R&D and other management at biotech and pharmaceutical companies, CROs, and academic institutions and research hospitals, are crucial. The ability to prioritize and manage multiple tight deadlines in a frequently high-paced environment is necessary to achieve the productivity demanded by our service model.

We provide our employees competitive salary and bonus compensation, exception benefits, strong mentoring and professional development support, and work-life balance (in part based on our annual target of 1600 billable hours). For candidates not introduced by a recruiter, we are willing to consider relocation support.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and do not discriminate against any candidate or employee on the basis of race, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or veteran status. The firm is committed to increasing participation by minorities and women in the legal profession and expanding the opportunities for minorities and women within the profession. The firm is proactive in recruiting minority and women lawyers, contracts specialists, paralegals and staff and strongly encourages the interest of these candidates in the firm.