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Life Sciences Transactional Lawyer (California – Bay Area)

April 8, 2021

Faber Daeufer & Itrato ( is a dynamic, independent law firm that provides corporate and transactional counsel to clients in the life sciences industry and in other emerging technology sectors. Since its founding in 2003, the firm has built a premier boutique practice working with over 1,000 companies, research institutions and investors. The firm includes 23 lawyers, 8 contracts specialists, 1 corporate paralegal and 9 technology, finance and administration professionals. The firm is based in Waltham, Massachusetts and has offices in Oakland, New York and Philadelphia.

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 an experienced associate or of counsel, focused on life sciences transactions, at our growing office in Oakland. This individual will have extensive front-line interaction with venture-backed and publicly-traded clients who typically have drug product candidates in clinical development and/or drug products on the market. They will actively counsel clients about transactional structures and intellectual property considerations, and will handle the drafting and negotiation of a wide range of transactions. These include both academic collaborations (in-licenses, sponsored research, research collaborations, clinical development collaborations, and consortiums) and industry collaborations (selective program/product/field/territory licensing, evaluation and option arrangements, R&D collaborations, manufacturing and process/formulation collaborations, and promotion and distribution agreements). This individual will join a dedicated team 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 California.

Experience and Substantive Background:

A minimum of 6-8 years of relevant experience in private law practice and/or biopharmaceutical company law department is required. Strong understanding of intellectual property licensing practices and biotechnology business development practices is required. In-house experience negotiating agreements for life sciences organizations is preferred.

Technical Skills

Excellent legal drafting ability is critical and must be accompanied by strong word processing skills. Facility with common technology tools is expected, including Microsoft Office, PDF document usage, document comparison software, document management systems, and teleconference and videoconference tools.

Other Key Capabilities

The successful candidate will have extensive client contact experience and must possess the highest caliber of professionalism and client management skills. They must be effective in helping clients identify strategic goals, prioritize key issues, and find (and document) pragmatic solutions to these issues for a wide range of transactions. Sophisticated communication skills and the comfort and confidence to interact directly with clinical, R&D and senior 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, exceptional benefits, strong mentoring and professional development support, and work-life balance (reflected in our annual target of 1,600 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.