Lisa focuses her practice on working with information technology and life sciences companies on all forms of commercial transactions involving technology and intellectual property, including structuring and negotiating joint-development agreements, collaborations, strategic alliances, and patent and technology licenses. She also advises clients on the IP aspects of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and venture capital and strategic investments.

Lisa has been involved in over 50 acquisitions in the information technology and life sciences industries and specializes in the structuring and execution of business spin-out transactions with a total acquisition value in excess of $50 billion.

Her recent clients and transactions include:

  • SonoSite: $995M acquisition by FUJIFILM Holdings
  • Trubion Pharmaceuticals: $196M collaboration agreement with Facet Biotech
  • Peplin: $287.5M acquisition by LEO Pharma
  • Teikoku Pharma USA: acquisition of Travanti Pharma
  • Dexcom: $37M collaboration agreement with Edwards Lifesciences
  • Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Dermira
  • OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals
  • Personalis

    Prior to joining Fenwick, Lisa served as general counsel of Corel, a developer of business and graphics software, and previously was an associate with Blake, Cassels & Graydon in Ontario, Canada.

    Lisa serves on the board of directors of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, the largest provider of pro bono legal services in the Silicon Valley. She was the recipient of the firm’s Pro Bono Partner of the Year Award for 2011, awarded for her leadership and oversight of the Share of Costs Health Care Clinic, which helps low-income seniors and the disabled obtain access to health care. She has also been named by San Francisco Magazine as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" and is listed as one of the one of the World's Leading 1000 Patent Practitioners in the IAM Patent 1000 for 2012 – 2014.

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    Representative Clients

    • Achieve Life Sciences
    • Allen Institute for Brain Science
    • Dermira
    • Dexcom
    • Personalis
    • Teikoku Pharma USA

    Education & Admissions

    LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School

    B.A., Biochemistry
    Queen's University

    Admitted to practice in California and New York

    Member of the Ontario Bar Association

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