Ballard Spahr

United States

1735 Market Street
PA 19103
United States

+1 215 665 8500

Key contacts:

Partner and Life Sciences Team Co-Leader: Scott D. Marty, Ph.D
Partner and Life Sciences Team Co-Leader: Ryan J. Udell

Quick facts:

Year of Establishment: 1885
Number of Partners: 34

The Ballard Spahr Life Sciences Industry Practice is a destination practice for life sciences businesses at every stage of the corporate lifecycle, serving clients from innovation and commercialization through licensing, enforcement, defense, and the implementation of growth strategies.

Our lawyers—many of whom hold advanced degrees in the sciences—understand the complex, industry-specific issues at play. Our dedicated team includes attorneys who focus on antitrust and anti-competition law, corporate law, intellectual property litigation, licensing litigation, patent counseling & prosecution, internal and government investigations and real estate matters specific to the life sciences industry, and include areas of focus such as small molecules, vaccines, antibodies, cell and gene therapy, biologics, diagnostics, immunotherapy, chemicals, medical devices, nutraceuticals, bioinformatics, food additives over the counter products, and cosmetics.


We provide:

  • A top patent/IP litigation trial practice with a deep life-science technical bench and a record of success challenging and defending patents, both in district court and in parallel PTAB proceedings.
  • A national life science litigation team that has successfully handled significant disputes—as both plaintiff and defendant—in complex licensing, joint development, supply, and other critical strategic life science agreements, including “diligent efforts” cases, inventorship and IP ownership cases, non-competition clauses, supply breaches, and disputes over rights to milestone and royalty payments.
  • A dedicated team of transactional lawyers across the U.S. who focus on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships, capital-raising, and licensing within the life sciences sector.
  • More than a dozen attorneys with doctorates and other advanced degrees in an array of scientific fields, from biochemistry and genetics to engineering and zoology.
  • A soup-to-nuts real estate practice that has helped life sciences companies achieve their goals-from start-ups and joint ventures to global leaders— concerning acquisitions, development, zoning and land use, leasing, financing and environmental and sustainability issues.

Key Practice Areas:

  • Antitrust
  • Corporate
  • Financial & Corporate
  • General Patent Litigation
  • Hatch-Waxman Patent Litigation
  • Hatch-Waxman Patent Litigation (Branded)
  • Healthcare Pricing & Reimbursement
  • Intellectual Property
  • Licensing & Collaboration
  • Life Cycle
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Non-IP Litigation & Enforcement
  • Patent Litigation (Branded)
  • Patent Litigation (Generic)
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Patent Prosecution & Strategy
  • Patent Strategy & Management
  • Product Liability
  • Venture Capital
  • White-Collar/Govt. Investigations