Kim Life2019-02-27T11:50:57-07:00

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


Lawyer’s Club of San Diego
San Diego County Bar Association

+1 650.619.4954