Since opening its doors in 1987, Dechert’s Princeton office has played a key role in many of the firm’s most significant class action and life sciences work.
Our Princeton lawyers advise major national and international corporations, particularly in the life sciences industry, on transactional, intellectual property, and high-stakes litigation matters.
Areas of Focus
Product Liability and Mass Torts
Dechert’s well-established product liability and mass torts group helps clients avoid exposure and defends them when litigation occurs. Our work is particularly focused on prescription drugs and devices, biologics, chemicals, toxic substances emissions, consumer products and durable goods. We also handle cases involving latent injuries and complex issues of medical causation.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Our M&A team advises buyers, sellers and advisers in complex commercial transactions. We focus on structuring successful deals, ensuring speed-to-market execution and protecting our clients’ interests in all phases of a transaction.
Consistently recognized as a leading adviser among M&A law firms by Mergerstat, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and mergermarket, Dechert combines extensive industry knowledge with the deep expertise of the firm’s antitrust, tax, environmental, bankruptcy and employee benefits lawyers. We also handle private and public, domestic and cross-border, negotiated and hostile transactions worldwide.
We provide comprehensive, cost-effective legal services to clients involved in all aspects of the life sciences industry, including biotechnology, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical, diagnostic and medical device companies. We advise on the complex commercial and legal issues facing life sciences companies at all stages of growth, as well as on the development and commercialization of new technologies.
Hailed as a “go-to law firm” for intellectual property by Corporate Counsel, Dechert focuses on litigation, counseling and transactional IP matters. Decades of IP experience, combined with training in science, technology, engineering, medicine and business, gives our lawyers a level of fluency on sophisticated matters that is vital in the courtroom and at the negotiating table.
We defend our clients’ rights around the world in patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, privacy, data protection and IP-antitrust disputes, and provide trademark and copyright counseling and prosecution services. We also negotiate licensing, development, joint venture, outsourcing, consulting and other transactions, and handle strategic patent counseling and patent cross-licensing to help maximize the value of our clients’ products and patents.
Securities Litigation and Enforcement
One of the few firms with a longstanding securities practice, Dechert is recognized as one of the foremost defenders against complex, high-stakes litigation in the country. Our experienced lawyers, many of whom have held senior positions at the SEC, DOJ and other agencies, bring an invaluable perspective and credibility that comes from being in the shoes of government decision makers.
We represent public and private corporations, private equity funds, officers and directors, special committees and professional service firms in securities litigation, securities enforcement matters, corporate governance, fiduciary, mergers and acquisitions, and banking and financial institution litigation.
We routinely represent clients before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Courts of Appeals and state appellate courts.
Our experienced team includes a former Assistant Solicitor General of the United States, a former Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, and a former Chief of the Appellate Unit for the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York. Many of our lawyers have clerked for federal and state appellate judges, including the Supreme Court.
Dechert’s trial lawyers have defended significant class actions in a variety of industries. We handle every phase of a class action, from defeating certification and achieving de-certification on appeal to securing defense jury verdicts in complex class action trials. We have defeated class certification in more than 30 different state and federal jurisdictions and successfully handled class actions of every major type across industries.
Complex Commercial Litigation
We represent a range of industries in commercial agreements, consumer fraud, insurance and banking, false advertising, corporate governance and M&A-related claims. Recognized for our multi-jurisdictional capabilities and deep expertise, we devise litigation strategy, manage virtual law firms, facilitate pre-trial resolutions to commercial disputes, defeat class certification, manage e-discovery, obtain summary judgments or voluntary dismissal of claims, negotiate favorable settlements and prevail at trial.
Financial Services and Investment Management Litigation and Enforcement
Dechert’s litigation and enforcement team has the multi-jurisdictional capabilities, experience, legal expertise and commercial judgment to assist clients with regulatory and litigation disputes anywhere in the world. Our fund litigators are involved in all of the strategic legal issues currently affecting the industry, representing many leading fund complexes and boards, hedge funds and banking institutions as well as working closely with industry organizations.