"The group is best known in two areas: the life sciences arena, where the firm is considered one of the best in the country, and for its regulatory expertise, which is integrated with its transactional capability."

"This practice spans the corporate and private equity spheres, and stands out for its focus on the life sciences, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, where it represents a range of major clients."

Chambers USA (2010)

“Their in-depth knowledge is impressive.”

“They have the ability to help clients bolster their presence in the market.”

Chambers Asia (2011)

"The team has unparalleled expertise in the industry – they understand the science and underlying policy issues, and are great at picking up trends."

Chambers UK (2011)

Covington’s life sciences practice integrates the firm’s extensive transactional, regulatory, litigation and intellectual property expertise to provide seamless, integrated advice to meet the specialized needs of life sciences companies around the world.  Our clients include most of the major innovator pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the world today, many mid-size and emerging biotechnology, animal health, drug discovery and medical device companies, trade associations for the industry, research institutions and investors in the life sciences sector.

We have one of the world’s leading transactional and corporate law practices in the life sciences industry, supported by leading specialists in related fields, including regulatory, intellectual property and antitrust.  Our transactional lawyers work exclusively on M&A, collaborations and other strategic transactions and commercial arrangements in the life sciences sector.

Our dedicated, multidisciplinary, industry-focused approach allows Covington to offer a level of insight into life sciences transactions that we believe is unique.  We know the key players and are keenly aware of the commercial, regulatory, IP, competition, and other business issues that shape the industry.  We draw on our cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills to help our clients accomplish their immediate needs and better achieve their long-term strategic goals in a cost efficient manner.


  • Law360
    • Firm
    • Individual
      • John Hurvitz - Life Sciences MVP (2012)
  • Chambers Global (2015)
    • Firm
      • Life Sciences, Global-wide
      • Life Sciences, Europe-wide
    • Individual
      • Life Sciences, Corporate/Commercial, Global-wide: John Hurvitz and Weishi Li
      • Life Sciences, Regulatory/Compliance, Global-wide: Peter Bogaert, Grant Castle, and Richard Kingham
  • Chambers USA (2015)
    • Firm
      • Life Sciences, Nationwide
      • Life Sciences, CA
      • Food & Beverages, Regulatory & Litigation, Nationwide
      • Product Liability & Mass Torts, Nationwide
      • Healthcare, Pharmaceutical/Medical Products Regulatory, DC
    • Individual
      • Life Sciences, Corporate/Commercial, Nationwide: John Hurvitz, Emily Leonard, and James Snipes
      • Life Sciences, Regulatory/Compliance, Nationwide: Richard Kingham and Peter Safir
      • Food & Beverages, Regulatory & Litigation, Nationwide: Clausen Ely, Miriam Guggenheim, and Peter Barton Hutt
      • Product Liability & Mass Torts, Nationwide: Pat Davies, Paul Schmidt, and Michael Imbroscio
      • Life Sciences, Corporate/Commercial, CA: Emily Leonard and James Snipes
      • Healthcare, Pharmaceutical/Medical Products Regulatory, DC: Ellen Flannery, Peter Barton Hutt, Richard Kingham, Michael Labson, Peter Safir, and Jennifer Zachary (Up and Coming) 
  • Chambers UK (2015)
    • Firm
      • Life Sciences, UK-wide
      • Life Sciences, Regulatory, UK-wide
      • Life Sciences, Transactional, UK-wide
      • Product Liability, Food, UK-wide
      • Product Liability, Mainly Defendant, UK-wide
    • Individual
      • Life Sciences, Regulatory, UK-wide: Grant Castle
      • Life Sciences, Transactional, UK-wide: Paul Claydon, James Gubbins, Lucinda Osborne, and Daniel Pavin
  • Chambers Asia (2015)
    • Firm
      • Life Sciences (International Firms), China
    • Individual
      • Life Sciences (International Firms), China: Shaoyu Chen, Grace Chen, and Weishi Li
  • Legal 500 US (2015)
    • Firm
      • Healthcare – Life Sciences 
      • Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense – Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices
    • Individual        
      • Healthcare – Life Sciences: John Hurvitz, Richard Kingham, and Peter Safir       
  • Legal 500 UK (2014)            
    • Firm
      • Technology, Media and Telecoms - Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
      • Insurance: Product Liability – Defendant
    • Individual
      • Technology, Media and Telecoms - Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Grant Castle           
  • Legal 500 EMEA (2015)
    • Firm
      • Belgium - EU Regulatory - Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
      • Belgium - Healthcare & Life Sciences 
  • LMG Life Sciences (2012)    
    • Firm
      • Highly Recommended: Regulatory, FDA (Pharmaceutical)
      • Highly Recommended: Regulatory, Healthcare, Pricing & Reimbursement
      • Highly Recommended: Intellectual Property, Hatch-Waxman Patent Litigation (Branded)
      • Highly Recommended: Finance & Transactional, Corporate
      • Highly Recommended: Finance & Transactional, Licensing & Collaboration (Non-University)
      • Highly Recommended: Finance & Transactional, Mega-Mergers
      • Highly Recommended: Non-IP Litigation & Enforcement, Government Investigation/Fraud & Abuse
      • Highly Recommended: Non-IP Litigation & Enforcement, Antitrust
      • Recommended: Regulatory, FDA (Medical Devices)
      • Recommended: Intellectual Property, Patent Prosecution
      • Recommended: Intellectual Property, General Patent Litigation
      • Recommended: Non-IP Litigation & Enforcement, Product Liability
    • Individuals        
      • Non-IP Litigation & Enforcement: Patrick Davies, James Dean, Timothy Hester, Mark Lynch, Ethan Posner, Peter Safir 
      • Regulatory: Ellen Flannery, Peter Barton Hutt, Richard Kingham, Anna Kraus, Michael Labson
      • Intellectual Property: Jeffrey Elikan, George Pappas, Andrea Reister
      • Finance & Transactional: Edward Britton, Ellen Corenswet, Catherine Dargan, Edward Dixon, John Hurvitz, Emily Leonard, James Snipes, Amy Toro
  • PLC Cross-border Super League
    • Ranked 1st in the Life Sciences Regulatory Super League (2004-2011)
    • Ranked 1st in the Life Sciences Industry Super League (2005-2010)
  • PLC - Life Sciences, Which Law Firm? (2012)
    • Leading: Life Sciences, England, EU, and USA
    • Leading: Commercial and Partnering, England and USA
    • Leading: Corporate, England
    • Highly Recommended: Life Sciences, Belgium
    • Highly Recommended: Corporate, US
  • PLC - Life Sciences, Which Lawyer? (2012)
    • Commercial and Partnering: John Hurvitz, Emily Leonard, Lucinda Osborne, Daniel Pavin, and James Snipes
    • Corporate: James Beery, Bruce Bennett, Paul Claydon, Ellen Corenswet, James Gubbins, and Natalie Walter
  • Law360’s "Practice Group of the Year," Health (2011)       
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