Michael S. Labson

Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

Michael S. Labson

Michael S. Labson

Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

Biography

Michael Labson provides strategic advice to pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients in dealing with the FDA and other agencies. He has litigated a variety of cases in the life sciences area, and works actively on corporate transactions and government investigations.

Mr. Labson’s recent work has involved issues such as clinical trial misconduct; FDA dispute resolution; orphan drug, pediatric and Hatch-Waxman market exclusivities; biosimilars; product promotion and scientific exchange; REMS; pharmacovigilance; Rx/OTC switches; and DEA regulation of controlled substances. Drawing on his 20+ years of experience working for the biopharmaceutical sector on a wide array of issues, he provides clients creative and practical solutions to solve their regulatory challenges.

Mr. Labson is a member of the firm’s Management Committee, and previously was one of the firm’s Hiring Partners and co-chair of the Diversity Committee. He is also actively involved in pro bono work.

Pro Bono

* Morris v. Brandenberg (N.M. Court of App.) (Amici Curiae brief for medical and public health groups in support of right to aid in dying).
* Illinois v. Davis (Ill. Sup. Ct.) (Amici curiae brief for faith-based groups in challenge to life sentences without parole for youth offenders).
* In the Matter of Kamouane, Mahamat (Immigration Court asylum hearing).
* Mississippi v. Cory J. Maye (Mississippi capital case).
* State v. Rogers (Florida capital case).
* K.S. parole hearing.

Memberships and Affiliations

* Adjunct Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law
* Children’s Dental Health Project, Vice Chair, Board of Directors
* American Bar Association
* Food and Drug Law Institute

Previous Employment

* PriceWaterhouse Strategic Consulting Group, Staff Consultant (1989-1991)

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Michael S. Labson
Partner at Covington & Burling LLP
Education
JD, magna cum laude
Class of 1994

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

AB, magna cum laude
Class of 1989

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

Memberships
Member
Current
Officer and Treasurer
Prior

The Harvard Law Review is a student-run organization whose primary purpose is to publish a journal of legal scholarship. The Review comes out monthly from November through June and has roughly 2000 pages per volume. The organization is formally independent of the Harvard Law School. Student editors make all editorial and organizational decisions and, together with a professional business staff of three, carry out day-to-day operations.

Career History
Partner
Current

Covington & Burling LLP provides legal consulting services. They represent clients in litigation, white collar defense, transactional, governmental affairs, international, life sciences and other matters. The firm offers legal services related to intellectual property, international trade, mergers & acquisitions and tax practices. The company was founded by J. Harry Covington and Edward B. Burling on January 1, 1919 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Clerk
1994 - 1995

The federal courts of appeals are the intermediate appellate courts between the district (trial) courts and the Supreme Court of the United States. There are thirteen courts of appeals: eleven numbered circuits (First through Eleventh), the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Federal Circuit. The numbered circuits, including the Tenth Circuit, provide appellate review of all cases tried in the district courts within the geographic area of their jurisdiction; they also decide appeals brought to them by residents of the circuit from various administrative tribunals, including the Tax Court and agencies of the federal government. The territorial jurisdiction of the Tenth Circuit includes the six states of Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah, plus those portions of the Yellowstone National Park extending into Montana and Idaho.

Staff Consultant, Strategic Consulting Group
1989 - 1991

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC provides assurance, tax and advisory services. Its services include audit and assurance, consulting, deals, human resources, legal, tax, and family business. The firm also offers accountability, risk management, structuring, mergers and acquisitions, and performance and process improvement. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Buffalo, NY.

Political Donations
$2,500
2012

Former President of United States

$500
2011

Former President of United States

$250
2011

Senator from Virginia

Transactions
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Merck & Co., Inc. purchases Peloton Therapeutics, Inc. from Topspin Management LLC, Nextech Invest AG, OrbiMed Advisors Private Equity, The Column Group LLC, Tichenor Ventures LLC, Remeditex Ventures LLC

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Forest Laboratories, Inc. purchases Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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AstraZeneca Plc purchases Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. /Diabetes Bus from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Awards & Honors
2013
Washingtonian Magazine - Top Lawyers, FDA Lawyers
Admitted to District of Columbia Bar
Admitted to the Colorado Bar
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