Kim Life, Partner

Hi, I’m Kim, and I help life science companies solve problems.

I am an attorney and corporate executive with more than sixteen years experience in the life sciences industry. I have served as in-house and out-house counsel for large and small public and private life science companies. I am also a recovering litigator, having practised in a specialty FDA litigation practice at a prominent Washington, DC law firm.

Why hire me?

My clients appreciate my practical perspective and keen appreciation for brevity and consistency, wrapped up in some old-fashioned common sense.

I build personal relationships with my clients. This isn’t just good business; it encourages open dialogue and ensures that formalities and niceties don’t get in the way of rolling up our sleeves and getting down to work.

I’ve outlined some of the areas I can help with below. Give me a call and let’s see how we can help.

  • Outside General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
  • Comprehensive Compliance Program development, management, & implementation
  • Risk assessments, gap analyses, & due diligence
  • Promotional compliance counselling
  • Promotional materials review
  • On-call counsel & support to business units, including Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Medical & Clinical Affairs
  • Internal compliance audits & investigations
  • Sexual harassment assessments & interactive training
  • Grant assessment & review
  • Executive & Board reports & periodic training
  • Competitor disputes
  • Product approvals
  • Product recall & safety
  • Clinical trial matters


Before law school, I was a technical communications consultant, which means I translated really smart people into something the rest of us could understand. This is where I developed my passion for concise language and minimal fuss.

What I do when I’m not working

I laugh with my husband as often as possible. I ride my horse; knit; read. A lot. Currently, I’m reading “Flying Helicopters in Laos for Air America,” by Bill Collier, and re-reading (again) the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian.

I blog at and re-design my websites constantly (including this one).

Practice areas

Pharmaceutical & medical device
Life sciences & healthcare
Food, drug, cosmetics, & supplements
Compliance, governance, & risk management
Product liability

+1 650.619.4954


JD, Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina

BS, Economics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Bar admissions

Washington, DC