Debra Leith

Special Counsel

Dr. Debra K. Leith is special counsel in the life sciences practice group, after having joined Cooley in 2008. She has over 20 years of experience in the intellectual property and life sciences fields of law. Debra uses her broad professional experience in advising and counseling clients in a spectrum of life sciences transactions, from nondisclosure and technology licensing agreements to strategic alliances to intellectual property analyses and strategy. She represents a variety of life sciences clients, from startups to global pharmaceutical companies.

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  • Cooley advises Evolutionary Genomics in its partnership with Dole Food Company 


  • University of Washington School of Law
    JD, 1987

  • University of Oregon Health Sciences Center
    PhD, 1979

  • Linfield College
    BA, 1974

Admissions & Credentials

District of Columbia



  • American Bar Association

  • Licensing Executives Society

  • Washington State Bar Association

  • District of Columbia Bar Association

  • Washington State Patent Law Association

  • Association of Corporate Patent Counsel

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association