Richard Kaufman is a partner and corporate lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where his practice includes structuring and negotiation of strategic partnerships and collaborations, technology transfers and licenses, spin-out transactions, manufacturing agreements, and clinical research agreements, as well as engagements for financings, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. He is co-chair of the Life Sciences Industry Team, former managing partner of the San Diego office, former vice chair of the firm’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice, and a member of the Transactional & Securities and Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practices.
Mr. Kaufman has significant experience with a wide variety of corporate and securities transactions for companies in the life sciences industry, including developers of drugs, biologics, medical devices, and discovery and informatics tools.
For 14 years, Mr. Kaufman served as general counsel of public life sciences companies engaged in the development and manufacture of proteins, peptides, small molecules and medical devices, as well as predictive in silico drug discovery tools.
Mr. Kaufman was a partner with Heller Ehrman LLP before joining Foley in 2008. Prior to joining Heller Ehrman, Mr. Kaufman's in-house positions included general counsel to Trega Biosciences, Inc.; senior vice president, corporate development and law at Integra LifeSciences Corporation; vice president, secretary, and general counsel at Telios Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and executive vice president, secretary, and general counsel at Invitron Corporation, a spin-off of Monsanto Company. Prior to moving in-house, Mr. Kaufman was a partner at Peper, Martin, Jensen, Maichel and Hetlage in St. Louis, Missouri, where he practiced for nine years. Previously, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Seiler, Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court.
Mr. Kaufman has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2007 in the field of biotechnology law. In 2010 - 2014 and 2016, The Legal 500 recognized Mr. Kaufman in the category of patent licensing and transactional and again for his work in health care – life sciences in 2013, 2015, and 2016, mergers, acquisitions and buyouts in 2014, and M&A/corporate and commercial - venture capital and emerging companies in 2015. He has also been named by LMG Life Sciences as a Life Science Star in the fields of licensing and collaborations, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law.
Mr. Kaufman is admitted to practice in California and Missouri. He received his law degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (J.D., 1976) and his baccalaureate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (B.A., 1972).