Foley Adds Two Accomplished Life Sciences Litigators in Boston

13 August 2015 Media Contact: Jill Chanen News

Foley announced today that James Matthews and Katy Koski have joined the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice and Life Sciences Industry Team as partners in the Boston office.

Matthews and Koski focus their practices on litigating complex business disputes, specializing in the life sciences industry. For nearly a decade, they have represented a wide range of pharmaceutical industry clients in novel civil enforcement actions challenging a wide variety of business conduct. This work includes representing manufacturers in novel claims challenging the development, promotion and sale of prescription pain medications and testosterone replacement therapies.

For many years, Matthews has been lead national counsel for one of the world’s largest drug manufacturers, coordinating the defense of more than 50 separate lawsuits challenging industry-wide pricing practices pending in state and federal courts around the country, including a qui tam action under the federal False Claims Act (FCA) and numerous civil enforcement actions brought by state attorneys general alleging violations of a variety of state statutes, including state false claims acts.

“James and Katy have an impressive track record defending pharmaceutical companies from major government investigations and other litigation matters. They will help deepen our experience in handling multi-jurisdictional cases and other complex cases throughout the country,” said Foley Litigation Department chair Michael Tuteur.

Matthews has substantial experience representing life sciences and technology companies in commercial disputes pending in courts and before arbitrators throughout the country. His practice extends to antitrust actions, including Walker Process and Pay-for-Delay claims, contract disputes and civil enforcement actions.

Koski’s practice also involves complex commercial contract disputes, business torts and intellectual property matters. She has previous experience defending large law firms and individual practitioners against legal malpractice claims.

“Our Boston office has established a strong litigation presence and life sciences practice. James and Katy bring a winning combination of expertise in both areas that will benefit our clients locally and nationally,” said Susan Pravda, managing partner of Foley’s Boston office.

Prior to joining Foley, Matthews and Koski were partners at K&L Gates.

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