Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that Dahna Pasternak has joined the firm’s Silicon Valley office as of counsel in its Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice Group. Her arrival follows directly on the heels of Foley’s addition of nine attorneys across its Northern California offices last month.
Pasternak joins Foley with more than 25 years of intellectual property experience in all areas of life science patent prosecution, including reexaminations, portfolio management and advice, due diligence reviews, infringement opinions, validity opinions and freedom to operate analyses. Her clients include biotech companies, universities and pharmaceutical corporations. Pasternak has created significant patent portfolios for her clients, including in the areas of gene therapy, immunology and imaging. She also provides strategic counseling to allow her clients to navigate the competitive patent landscape in the U.S. and internationally.
“Dahna’s extensive knowledge of the life sciences, biotech and pharma sectors immediately strengthens the firm’s life and high-tech expertise and finely complements our growing corporate team in California,” said Antoinette Konski, vice-chair of Foley’s Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice and managing partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office. “Dahna represents Foley’s continued commitment to the expansion of our presence in Northern California, and we are delighted to welcome her to the team.”
In 2012, Pasternak established Pasternak Patent Law, a boutique firm in Palo Alto, California, providing patent prosecution services in biotechnology, including molecular biology, immunology, genetics and gene therapy, vaccines and cancer therapies. Prior to that, Pasternak was a partner at Robins & Pasternak LLP, and previously, was an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP.
“Foley’s broad national platform was a huge draw for me, but the overall quality of the firm’s IP practice was the main reason I made the move,” said Pasternak. “I’m thrilled to join such an exceptional firm and look forward to contributing to its continued success.”
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