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Genomics. Recombinant DNA. Molecular biology. Antioxidant foods. We’re talking life sciences, the quintessential “hot” practice area. It brings together breathless headlines, cutting-edge issues, and a hypercharged industry, expected to generate $4 trillion by 2015. That means many D.C. attorneys would be happy to be called life sciences specialists. But what makes a life sciences specialist isn’t easy to define. Lawyers themselves are still debating who can lay claim to the title. Life sciences is clearly an industry, but has it developed into an area of law? For now, the practice seems to cover four more-traditional specialties — food and drug, health care, intellectual property, and transactions. Because Legal Times profiled food and drug lawyers in our Leading Lawyers series just last year, we tilted our life sciences search toward private practitioners who specialize in the transactional and IP ends of the business, with a taste of the health care mavens, as well. With only eight names, this is, admittedly, a highly selective list. But these seven men and one woman exemplify the best that the D.C. region has to offer.
Matthias Alder
Matthias Alder of Cooley GodwardMatthias Alder of Cooley Godward. Barbara Bennett
Barbara Bennett of Hogan & HartsonBarbara Bennett of Hogan & Hartson. Jorge Goldstein
Jorge Goldstein of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & FoxJorge Goldstein of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox. Douglas Hastings
Douglas Hastings of Epstein Becker & GreenDouglas Hastings of Epstein Becker & Green. John Hurvitz
John Hurvitz of Covington & BurlingJohn Hurvitz of Covington & Burling. Charles Lipsey
Charles Lipsey of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & DunnerCharles Lipsey of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner. David Marsh
David Marsh of Arnold & PorterDavid Marsh of Arnold & Porter. Richard Peet
Richard Peet of Foley & LardnerRichard Peet of Foley & Lardner.

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