Anne brings over 15 years of legal experience, both in-house and with law firms. She has expertise negotiating a wide variety of commercial contracts, including master services, consulting, licensing, outsourcing, and joint venture agreements. With additional expertise in intellectual property, securities and health law, including representing software and technology companies, she brings a unique skill set to the practice.
Formerly General Counsel at publicly traded biotech company Stressgen Biotechnologies, (acquired by AKELA Pharma Inc.), Anne managed the legal needs of a public drug discovery company with three offices in the U.S. and Canada that was conducting phase II and phase III clinical trials. Her work included: acting as company ethics and compliance officer; prepared periodic securities filings; advised board of directors; prepared board and committee minutes; acted as insider trading compliance officer reviewed public communications for disclosure issues; led quarterly disclosure committee meetings on securities law compliance, assisted with development of equity compensation policies; wrote policies for employee handbook and supervisors’ manual; coordinated handling of contested employee terminations; developed and trained employees on records retention, assisted with equity financings; trained all employees on records retention and insider trading policies; negotiated and provided comments on clinical trials, licensing, material transfer, distributor, confidentiality, consulting, services, manufacturing, lease, acquisition and financing agreements; responsible for contract management across the organization. Anne also handled health law compliance and privacy issues including supporting compliance efforts relating to HIPAA and governmental contracting; data security and related privacy agreements, and supporting the business team in responding to compliance matters.
Anne also has experience structuring and negotiating human resources and intellectual property agreements for clients including preparing commission and bonus plans; preparing and revising staffing agreements, employment agreements and offer letters, negotiating software as a Service, confidentiality and inventions assignments, source code escrow, software development, subscription, cloud enterprise service and hosting agreements and end-user, tool-kit and content licenses.
Previously, Anne served as a Corporate and Securities Associate at Gray Cary Ware & Friedenrich (merged into DLA Piper) where she advised public companies and underwriters on securities matters, including proxy circulars, periodic reports and registration statements. Anne also assisted technology and venture capital-stage companies with contracts, private placements, financings and mergers and acquisitions. She has served as a Health Law Associate at McDermott, Will & Emery in Los Angeles where she assisted healthcare entities with legal compliance relating to fraud and abuse, anti-kickback legislation, Stark and state law. Performed mergers, acquisitions and financings to benefit health care systems, physician groups and assisted living facilities.
Anne is admitted to practice in both the Illinois and California bars. Anne received her undergraduate degree from Columbia College, New York, her JD from University of California School of Law, Los Angeles, and an LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law.