Goodwin Adds McDermott Partner to Growing Life Sciences Group (2)

Dec. 16, 2019, 10:08 PMUpdated: Dec. 17, 2019, 1:40 AM

Goodwin Procter has hired McDermott Will & Emery’s Kristina “Kris” Bieker as the newest partner in its life sciences and technology group in Boston, part of a very active year of hires in the space.

Bieker focuses her practice on strategic patent portfolio development for early-stage life sciences companies and handles intellectual property matters during financings, mergers, public offerings, and strategic partnerships.

Bieker has more than two decades worth of experience working with public and private biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies on matters such as patent prosecution, life cycle management, patent strategy, and licensing.

Bieker said in an emailed statement that Goodwin’s practice takes advantage of multiple disciplines to “create and execute exclusivity strategies” that early stage life sciences and private side investor clients that she works with “need and are excited about.”

“The clients I work with have complex and cutting-edge science and advance their businesses aggressively,” Bieker added. “Goodwin can handle this demanding combination with finesse across the board.”

After graduating law school in 1996, she co-founded Boston-based IP boutique Clark & Elbing, where she served as managing partner starting in 2010.

Bieker made the jump to McDermott as a partner in its intellectual property practice in January 2018. Around that time many Big Law firms began bulking up their presences in Beantown to capitalize on the city’s wealth of private equity and life sciences talent.

In addition to her legal background, Bieker also holds a doctorate in molecular biology.

“Kris’s patent prosecution expertise, training as a molecular biologist and deep experience advising both innovators and investors on intellectual property matters perfectly complement our Life Sciences practice, clients’ needs and areas of expected growth,” global chair of Goodwin’s life sciences practice Mitchell Bloom said in a statement.

Goodwin has made numerous hires to build up its global life sciences practice in 2019.

On the West Coast, the firm added Fenwick & West partners Michael Shuster and Kevin Kabler to its San Francisco office and Sidley Austin partners Deepa Rich and Sam Zucker to its Silicon Valley outpost.

The firm also added Wilmer Culter Pickering & Hale counsel Lily Wound, as well as Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom counsel Ben Marsh in New York, both as partners.

Across the pond, the firm added five lawyers from Taylor Wessing in London as well as Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe partner Ali Ramadan. The firm also opened up a life sciences and technology focused office in Cambridge, U.K.

It expanded the practice into Asia in May with addition of Dr. Wenseng “Wendy” Pan from Sidley Austin in its Hong Kong office.

(Added context about lawyers' lateral transition in paragraph 12 Updated with comments from Bieker in paragraphs 4 and 5)

To contact the reporter on this story: Meghan Tribe in New York at mtribe@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com; Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com

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