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Life Sciences Venture Capital Lawyer (California – Bay Area)

July 23, 2020

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 24 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 venture capital and other private strategic financing 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 considerations around key financial, governance, leverage, and liability terms, and will handle the drafting and negotiation of these transactions. This experience will include also organization and formation of start-up companies, research foundation grant financing, royalty financing, and supporting the firm’s M&A practice. 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 7-8 years of relevant experience in private law practice and/or venture capital or private equity firm law department is required. Strong understanding of venture capital and other private strategic financing practices and biotechnology business development practices is required. In-house experience negotiating agreements for venture capital or private equity firms active in the life sciences is preferred. Familiarity with individual principals at leading venture capital and private equity firms active in the life sciences is expected, with the reasonably likelihood of originating 500+ hours of work from clients who will follow the candidate to our firm.

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 finance and senior management at biotech and pharmaceutical companies and managing partners at venture capital and private equity firms 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.