Serving as strategic business partners to 450+ medical device and medtech companies around the world


  • Corporate
  • Litigation
  • Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property
  • Unparalleled access to the largest and most influential network of leading venture capitalists, financial institutions and others strategic partners that service the medical device industry

  • Regularly represent target companies opposite larger medical device/technology companies on strategic investments, corporate partnering and commercialization deals and M&A transactions

  • Advised on 20% of medical device and medtech IPOs in the past 5 years for companies like Amedica, Intersect ENT, T2 Biosystems and TriVascular Technologies

  • 180+ medical device and life sciences M&A transactions since 2010, including deals for Auxogyn, CardioMEMS, Protein Simple and Volcano Corporation

  • 170+ medical device and life sciences venture financings raising an aggregate of $3.4+ billion since 2014 for companies like Avedro, CardioDx, Proteus Digital Health and SynCardia 

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  • Defend False Claims Act actions arising from patient safety and research misconduct, manufacturing deficiencies, federal and state anti-kickback law violations, and other relevant fraud and abuse laws led by local, state and federal civil and criminal government enforcers

  • Average 50+ unrelated, new class actions every year 

  • Experience in more than 100+ state, federal and international courts, arbitral forums and administrative bodies 

  • Team includes 7 Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and 20+ former Assistant US Attorneys and Department of Justice lawyers 

  • Named as one of the US law firms that lawyers would least like to face in litigation according to a survey of 240+ corporate counsel conducted by BTI Consulting

  • History of litigating landmark, precedent-setting cases that establish industry-wide resolutions or new procedural protections for our clients

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  • Deep US and global experience providing regulatory counseling and advice on FDA, fraud & abuse, corporate compliance, contractual  relationships, Sunshine Laws, reimbursement, government program price reporting, healthcare data privacy, licensure and accreditation, health reform counseling, regulatory due diligences, MHRA and CE Marking

  • Advise all players in the evolving ecosystem, including payors, providers, LS companies, health IT and investors

  • As connectors to the ecosystem, we counsel clients on how to launch innovative products and services

  • Represent healthcare clients in connection with federal and state government investigations, inquiries, settlements and voluntary disclosures, leveraging subject matter expertise and litigation and negotiation experience

  • Counsel related to privacy and data protection, government contracts and government analytics practices provided by multidisciplinary team bolstered by industry-leading lawyers

  • Frequent contributors on groundbreaking regulatory topics at leading industry events, editorial boards and relevant media and publications

  • Market leader in life sciences – #1 in IPOs, M&A transactions, venture financings and licensing

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  • The largest medical technology patent team in the US with 30+ dedicated patent lawyers and professionals

  • PhDs, MDs and advanced degrees in physics, mechanical and electrical engineering, biomedical and chemical engineering, chemistry, and biology

  • In the last 5 years, prepared and filed nearly 10,000 patent applications

  • 150+ investor-side and company-side patent due diligence reviews since 2015

  • One of the most active IP litigation practices in the US with 500+ cases in the last 5 years

  • Top 5 law firm for PTAB proceedings (Docket Navigator)

  • 100+ IPR proceedings; 100+ inter partes/ex parte reexams

  • Specialized branding team provides guidance on selecting, clearing, protecting and obtaining regulatory approval for medical device names


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Group Contacts
Mark Weeks Partner, Palo Alto
Frank Rahmani Partner, Palo Alto
Sonya Erickson Partner, Seattle
Brent Fassett Partner, Colorado
Wainwright Fishburn Partner, San Diego
Wendy Goldstein Partner, New York
Michael McGrail Partner, Boston
Erik Milch Partner, Reston
Christian Plaza Partner, Reston
Mika Reiner Mayer Partner, Palo Alto
Scott Talbot Partner, Reston
Scott Weston Partner, Boston

Wainwright Fishburn Chairs
Digital Health Track

at BIO International Convention 2017


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