Brenda Jarrell Named Top 50 Under 45

Choate Press Release

 | May 9, 2008

Brenda Herschbach Jarrell, PhD, co-chair of the Life Sciences Group at Choate has been named to the IP Law & Business “Top 50 Under 45” list of the best young intellectual property lawyers in the country.  According to the editor of the magazine, “these winners are distinguished by their sheer brainpower, legal smarts, creativity, and hard work.”  The list was compiled from 230 nominations.  Dr. Jarrell was the only Massachusetts lawyer to be named.

Dr. Jarrell, 40, was recognized for a practice that revolves around the intersection of law and business in the chemical and biological sciences, with a special focus on patent protection, licensing, and litigation work for pharmaceutical companies, medical institutions, and biotech firms.  Her clients include Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics, and Harvard University.  She has also helped Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center secure a dozen US patents for a new cancer therapy.  Dr. Jarrell was previously named to the National Law Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list and was also listed by Chambers USA among the top attorneys in the country in their respective fields and as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star.

Dr. Jarrell received a BA magna cum laude from Harvard College at age 19 and an MA in chemistry, magna cum laude, from Harvard University at age 20.  She received her PhD from the University of California, San Francisco in biochemistry and molecular biology at age 25 and her JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School by age 30.

Choate is a leading law firm with nationally recognized practices in intellectual property, technology, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, commercial litigation, and insurance and reinsurance litigation.  The firm’s clients range from Fortune 100 companies to leading venture capital and buyout funds to technology startups.


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