Elizabeth S. Weiswasser

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Elizabeth Weiswasser
Elizabeth (“Liz”) Stotland Weiswasser is Co-Head of Weil’s Life Sciences practice and has been litigating patent cases in the biological and pharmaceutical spaces for more than two decades.

Liz is lead counsel on behalf of some of the most sophisticated pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies in the world, both in federal courts and in inter partes review proceedings before U.S. Patent Office. Her experience, along with her deep training in molecular biology and biochemistry, has made her a highly sought after litigator and counselor in the life sciences space. Liz is a former law clerk to Judge Lourie on the Federal Circuit and licensed before the U.S. Patent Office.

Liz has deep experience across the full range of biopharma technologies, including small molecules, formulation, drug delivery, and biologics. She litigates patent cases for innovator pharmaceutical companies under the Hatch-Waxman Act involving ANDA and 505(b)(2) applications, leads the prosecution and defense of post-grant review proceedings, and handles competitor patent disputes across the biopharma, chemical, and medical device industries.

Liz has received wide recognition from clients, her peers, and the broader life sciences industry as a leader in the life sciences and patent litigation fields, and particularly as one of the top women in the profession. Her many accolades, driven by market and client feedback, include:

  • In 2017, LMG named Liz the winner of its “New York General Patent Litigator of the Year” award, after short-listing her for that award in 2016. LMG also has named her a Life Sciences “Star” every year since 2014.
  • Chambers USA: Since 2011, Liz has been recognized as a leading lawyer for patent litigation by Chambers USA, which has reported client and peer feedback that:
    • Liz “impresses clients with her ‘command of the subject matter’ coupled with ‘outstanding communication skills.’ Her ‘top-notch client service’ is also praised, with sources describing her as ‘a delightful person to work with.’”
    • Liz is “an accomplished trial lawyer” and “a firm but calm voice who garners nothing but respect from the people around her.”
    • Liz “is able to manage the big picture and handle the small details simultaneously” and “continues to impress with her superb work as a patent litigator concentrating on biologics and pharmaceuticals.”
    • Liz “inspires confidence and is praised for her ‘strong background in molecular biology and the life sciences, which allows her to communicate effectively with scientists and medical professionals and explain scientific concepts to non-scientists.’”
  • IAM Patent 1000: Liz has been recommended for patent litigation in New York every year since 2012 by IAM Patent 1000. In 2017, the publication called her “a life sciences doyenne who combines a sparkling intellect with legal creativity and commerciality.” The 2016 edition described Liz as “one of the brightest and most sophisticated IP litigators you could have the pleasure of dealing with,” and reported: “When the stakes are high, she navigates impressively, using her intellectual prowess and ability to gain trust and confidence. She has something which you can’t teach – an instinct for balancing the legal and commercial issues pertinent to a case.” IAM further reports that “peers admire her for crafting ‘attention-grabbing and creative arguments.’” IAM also specifically notes her “strong technical background in the life sciences, which she combines with a top-line understanding of patent law.”
  • Managing Intellectual Property Top Women in IP: Liz has been named one of the global “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing Intellectual Property and included in the publication’s list of “IP Stars” every year since 2013.
  • Legal 500: Liz has been identified by Legal 500 US every year since 2013 for her work in life sciences.
  • Super Lawyers Top Women for IP: Liz has been repeatedly named among the “Top Women” for Intellectual Property in New York by Super Lawyers.

Throughout her career, Liz has been and continues to be a leader and widely-respected colleague and mentor on her teams at Weil, in her community, and in the legal and academic fields more broadly. For example, she served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University Law School, where she taught Biotechnology/Life Sciences Patent Law for seven years, and she also frequently lectures and writes on intellectual property issues in the life sciences industry.

Liz also is a leader in public service and in her community. She has been honored for her pro bono work by the Legal Aid Society and Westchester Residential Opportunities, for which her team received the Harriett Goldberg Fair Housing Award. She has served on the boards of Montclair Kimberley Academy, where her daughters attend/attended school, and The Epilepsy Foundation. She presently serves on the Dean’s Visiting Committee of The University of Chicago Law School.

From 1992 to 1994, Liz served as law clerk to the Honorable Alan D. Lourie, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Liz received her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of The Law Review, and her B.A. from Northwestern University in biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology. Prior to entering law school, she did graduate work at Princeton University in molecular biology.

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