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April 10, 2018 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall, Room B010
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA


Please join the Harvard Health Law Society; the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics; and the Office of Career Services at Harvard Law School for a panel discussion with partners in law firms and in-house general counsels focused on health law and learn more about the breadth of career options available to attorneys interested in the intersection of health and law.


  • Stephen Bernstein is the global head of McDermott Will & Emery's Health Practice and co-chair of McDermott's Life Sciences Practice. He specializes in e-health, “big data,” deployment of electronic health record systems and health-related matters affected by the internet and HIPAA, as well as private equity investments, mergers, acquisitions, affiliations and joint ventures involving technology, hospitals and physicians. In the past, he has worked as on-site counsel to Stanford University Medical Center. He received his JD, with honors, from Boston College Law School and his AB, with Honors, from Duke.

  • Jennifer Zachary is the general counsel of the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co., Inc., and a former partner in Covington & Burling's food, drug, and device practice. She has also previously worked as associate chief counsel for enforcement in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of Chief Counsel, a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in D.C., and has clerked in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She graduated from Harvard Law School and Arizona State University. 

  • Chris Kirby joined Boston Children's Hospital's Office of General Counsel as Deputy General Counsel in February 2015. As Deputy General Counsel, Chris assists with the administration of the office. His main areas of practice are commercial transactions, international, investments, technology transfer, and general business matters. Prior to coming to Boston Children’s Hospital, Chris served in leadership positions in the biotechnology industry, as General Counsel of Forma Therapeutics, LLC and Global Head Legal, Biosurgery and Renal of Sanofi (formerly Genzyme Corporation). Chris began his legal career as an Associate at Ropes & Gray LLP. Chris received his B.A., Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, his J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School, and his MPH from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Outside of the office, Chris enjoys skiing, golfing and coaching sports for his two very active boys. 

  • Moderator: Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School


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