Innovative, cost-effective solution for biotech companies


BOSTON (July 8, 2015) -- Brown Rudnick, an Am Law 200 law firm with offices in the US and Europe, is launching an innovative Counselor-in-Residence program to provide clients with dedicated and cost-effective temporary in-house legal services.

Alan B. Sherr, with more than 30 years of in-house and law firm experience as a general counsel and chief IP counsel, will spearhead the new service. Unlike traditional hourly legal services, the Counselor-in-Residence will be on-site at a client company full-time for a limited period. The Counselor-in-Residence program is ideally suited for companies of any size that have pressing legal needs or who need an organizational “jump start”.

“We are fortunate to add a lawyer of Alan Sherr’s caliber to our fast-growing Global Life Sciences Practice”, said Joseph F. Ryan, chairman and chief executive officer of Brown Rudnick. “Brown Rudnick is a leader in providing innovative services, clearly demonstrated by the launch of this new program.”

“Being on-site with a client completely changes the relationship between the client and the lawyer,” said Mr. Sherr. “For the client, instead of having fees and hourly rates on your mind, you’ve got solving the problem on your mind. And, as an attorney, I become completely immersed in helping the client, 24 hours a day.”

The benefits from the Counselor-in-Residence program include:

  • A full-time attorney on-site collaborating with a company’s management and technical teams;
  • A customizable scope of work and operational plan targeted to a business’s specific needs and goals; and
  • Short-term engagements from one week to six months

Thomas Meyers, Head of Brown Rudnick’s Global Intellectual Property Practice and co-Leader of the Firm’s multidisciplinary Life Sciences Practice said: “Alan will be available to parachute into companies who need temporary, high-quality assistance in general corporate, IP and licensing matters. This is an innovative option for firms for whom using outside counsel would be cost-prohibitive.”

Mr. Sherr brings to the Firm more than 30 years of experience in regulatory, corporate and intellectual property law, including broad experience in sequencing, diagnostics, and microarrays. He served as Vice President and Chief Legal and Intellectual Property Counsel at RainDance Technologies and at Helicos BioSciences, and Senior IP Counsel and Vice President of Licensing at Affymetrix.

He practiced at major intellectual property and general corporate law firms, including Hale and Dorr, and Wolf Greenfield, and is former General Counsel to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Human Services. He is a graduate of Boston University Law School.

About Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick, an international law firm with offices in the United States and Europe, represents clients from around the world in complex business transactions, high-stakes litigation and international arbitration. Clients include public and private corporations, multinational Fortune 100 businesses and hedge and private equity funds. The Firm also represents investors, as well as official and ad hoc creditors’ committees in today’s largest corporate restructurings, both domestically and abroad. Founded more than 60 years ago, Brown Rudnick has over 230 lawyers providing advice and services across key areas of the law. Beyond the United States, the Firm regularly serves clients in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. With its Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest, the Firm has created an innovative model combining its pro bono, charitable giving and community volunteer efforts.