Today’s animal health industry is growing at a rapid pace and affects the lives of people worldwide. To stay ahead, businesses need trusted advisors who understand the unique facets of the industry. Husch Blackwell is the first large law firm to create a team that is dedicated to the business of animal health. Our attorneys are immersed in the industry and are attuned to the legal, regulatory, business and scientific issues that govern all aspects of companion animal care and livestock production in the United States and abroad.
The Business of Animal Health
We understand that the business of animal health is governed by unique market factors. Our corporate and tax attorneys are well-versed in structuring animal health transactions to maximize favorable outcomes. We help animal health companies merge with others and acquire new technologies. We negotiate licensing and distribution arrangements, help establish and protect brands throughout the world, review advertising for regulatory compliance, and handle cross-border compliance and international trade issues. We even have a specialist that can help animal health companies establish business in China. We handle specialized employment issues that arise in animal health, from safety issues associated with feedlots to contracts with executive suite personnel.
The Science and Technology of Animal Health
Husch Blackwell’s Animal Health team includes Ph.D.-level scientists and patent attorneys who focus their practices on medical devices, small and large molecule chemistry, vaccines, immunology, genetics, pharmacology, and physiology, In addition, we address computer science and other technology disciplines. Our regulatory attorneys are experts in the FDA, USDA, EPA and state regulatory issues that our animal health clients face. As part of our commitment to the Animal Health Corridor, we compiled a multidisciplinary team based in our Kansas City office to address the unique needs of this market segment.
Cost-Effective Resolution of Animal Health Business Disputes and Litigation
At times, business disputes and other litigation are unavoidable, or even in a company’s best interests. Because our team understands the animal health industry, we are already ahead of the game. Our attorneys have real courtroom experience representing animal health companies in a wide variety of disputes, including trademark and patent infringement, antitrust, product liability, trade secret and confidential information misappropriation, covenant not to compete and breach of contract matters. We win cases and negotiate favorable settlements, so clients can get back to business.