Law Firms

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Selecting a law firm is one of the first decisions that you will make and should be done with care. There are many small firms that may well suite your needs. But for a technology based company with significant funding requirements and scientific complexity, you should closely consider one of the larger firms. These firms will have more activity, knowledge, and experience in deal making with potential investors, partners, and acquirers. As a consequence, their relationships can and will be a factor in your ultimate success. They will also have a network of colleagues who can address many of your impending legal and business needs.

Provided that the partners of the firm believe in you and your business, they will likely defer payment of ongoing expenses until a future funding event, so be sure to make your selection based on relationship, value, and quality. If you are not ready to take your business idea to this level, consider seeking free legal advice through a local law school, such as the University of Washington School of Law Entrepreneurial Law Clinic or get advice from others in the life sciences community.

The lists below are composed of law firms with offices in Washington State. The list has been broken into two sections essential for life science startups: Corporate & IP and Intellectual Property.


Top Law Firms

Corporate & IP

The following law firms have a broad range of services and legal disciplines to meet your business needs. In particular, these firms are considered to be the most active in private equity and venture capital deals [1], and will represent your company best by knowing and having access to relevant market terms and valuations. While these firms typically have Intellectual Property capabilities in-house, a listing of firms that specialize in life sciences Intellectual Property is included here.

Firm Name Website
Cooley Godward
Fenwick & West
Perkins Coie
DLA Piper

K&L Gates
Dorsey & Whitney
Davis Wright Tremaine
Foster Pepper
Stoel Rives

Wilson Sonsini
Goodrich & Rosati

Intellectual Property

While many Corporate & IP law firms above will have complete in-house expertise in many aspects related to life science start-ups, your Intellectual Property is one of the more critical assets to your company and should be handled with care by knowledgeable attorneys who understand the scientific foundation of your business. The following law firms specialize in Intellectual Property law and have extensive experience in the life sciences.

Firm Name Website
Townsend & Townsend &

Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness
Knobbe Martens
Seed IP
Woodcock Washburn


  1. Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst
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