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Recognition News

Teresa Lavoie Named a 2019 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer

January 27, 2020

Recognition News

Teresa Lavoie Named a 2019 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer

January 27, 2020

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Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce that Principal Teresa Lavoie, Ph.D., has been named a 2019 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer, an honor bestowed upon remarkable attorneys who contribute to the vibrancy of the profession. This is the second time Dr. Lavoie has been named an Attorney of the Year by the publication, qualifying her for the esteemed Circle of Excellence. She and the other recipients will be honored at an award ceremony hosted by Minnesota Lawyer on February 6, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

Dr. Lavoie leads Fish’s early-stage life sciences patent practice. Over the past six years, she has developed and managed the IP portfolios of and overseen IP diligence related to the acquisition of her clients for a combined total of more than $33 billion in deal value. Her international practice focuses on providing strategic patent counseling, prosecution, and portfolio development advice, including patent opinions, due diligence, freedom-to-operate analyses, and life cycle management strategies, for early-stage and emerging life sciences companies.

Her clients range from startup and emerging companies developing lifesaving therapeutics and diagnostics to academic and research institutions inventing disruptive platform technologies for the biotechnology and biopharma industries. She has extensive experience in the areas of small-molecule and biologic pharmaceuticals (including antibody technologies and immunotherapies, such as CAR-T therapies), drug formulation and drug delivery technologies, diagnostics, clean and alternative (animal- and environmentally-friendly) food technologies, protein biochemistry and engineering, cell systems engineering, nanotechnologies, plant biotechnology and genomics, and green/environmental chemistries. Dr. Lavoie also has significant transactional experience in various aspects of IP licensing, including sponsored research, feasibility, and development and commercialization agreements.

In addition to her work on behalf of clients, Dr. Lavoie runs the firm’s industry-leading Patent Prosecution Lab, an immersive 2.5-day program designed to intensely train junior attorneys and patent agents of the firm and firm clients in the skills of strategic and value-focused patent prosecution. Dr. Lavoie’s passion for advancing women in the legal industry and her involvement in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in both STEM and law have been hallmarks of her legal practice and volunteer commitments throughout her career. She is currently Chair of Fish & Richardson’s EMPOWER Initiative. EMPOWER (Enrichment, Mentorship, Partnering, Opportunities, Wisdom, Excellence, and Responsibility) seeks to address issues of unique importance to women in the legal profession and provide expanded professional and business development opportunities, mentoring, training, and support to the firm’s female legal staff. She also was a member of the firm’s Compensation Committee for four years. In addition, Dr. Lavoie serves as Co-Chair of the Equity Committee for Minnesota Women Lawyers, a volunteer organization dedicated to advancing the success of women attorneys and striving for a just society.

Congratulations to Dr. Lavoie and all of the 2019 Attorneys of the Year!