Kim Life, Partner

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

I am an attorney and corporate executive with more than twenty years of experience in risk management, compliance, and corporate law. I have served as in-house and out-house counsel for large and small public and private companies, especially in the life sciences sector. I am also a recovering litigator, having practiced in a specialty FDA litigation practice at a prominent Washington, DC law firm.

How can I help you?

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.

Here are some of the ways I can help:

  • Outside General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
  • Risk assessments, gap analyses, and due diligence
  • Comprehensive Compliance Program development and management
  • Negotiate, draft, and review agreements and contracts
  • Manage and review outside counsel
  • Promotional materials review
  • Internal audits and investigations
  • Grant assessment and review
  • Executive and Board reports and periodic training
  • Competitor disputes


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 live in Baja, so I ride my horse and surf and kayak. I knit and I 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 also blog at

Practice areas

  • Compliance counseling and defense
  • Corporate
  • Corporate governance
  • Food and drug law
  • Fraud and abuse counseling and defense
  • General Counsel services
  • Product marketing
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Stark/self-referral

Contact me

+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