DLA Piper announced today that Lisa Hillman has joined the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology (IPT) practice as a partner in Boston.
Hillman's practice includes domestic and foreign patent procurement and portfolio management, interference practice, client counseling on validity, infringement, freedom-to-operate, due diligence review and patent strategy matters.
She has broad experience in patent procurement and portfolio management in the areas of molecular biology, microbiology, fermentation technologies, human and veterinary diagnostics, personal diagnostics, proteomics, siRNA technologies, antibody technologies, CRISPR technologies, liposomes, biosensors, tissue scaffolds, agriculture, orthobiologics, medical devices, immunotherapy and pharmaceuticals. She represents small and large biotechnology, pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies, as well as university clients and startups.
"Lisa brings deep experience in the fields of molecular biology, food microbiology, and biotechnology, which will be a tremendous asset to our platform," said Ann Ford, co-chair of DLA Piper's US IPT practice. "As we focus on strategically expanding our patent prosecution capabilities in the life sciences sector, Lisa's broad knowledge adds depth to our practice and allows us to enhance our service offerings for the benefit of our clients."
"The addition of Lisa to the Boston office immediately expands our bench of Life Sciences practitioners in an important and rapidly growing market," said John Rattigan, managing partner of the firm's Boston office. "We are pleased to welcome her to the firm and look forward to her contributions."
Hillman is the latest addition to the firm's IPT practice, which has also welcomed partners Andrew Serwin (San Diego), Peter Karanjia (Washington, DC), Brian O'Reilly, Michael Furrow (both of New York), Edward McAndrew (Wilmington), Tracy Shapiro (San Francisco) and Michael Jay (Los Angeles) this year.
Hillman joins from McDonnell, Boehnen, Hulbert & Berghoff LLP. She received her J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of the Law, her Ph.D. from the University of Florida and her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.