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After a long career as a general counsel in a large multinational pharmaceutical company, James has unique perspectives on the legal, compliance and business aspects of developing and commercializing pharmaceutical products.

James has more than two decades of experience and relationship building as in-house senior and general counsel for pharmaceutical companies. He has handled all aspects of legal work and counseling for business units responsible for the development, launch, sales and marketing and medical education activities for pharmaceutical products. He is experienced in policy development, training of sales and marketing and medical teams, FDA regulations, product pricing, managed care contracting, intellectual property matters, real estate transactions and international corporate restructuring. He oversaw the legal work for North American specialty medicines during a significant growth phase at a major multinational pharmaceutical company. In addition, he collaborated with legal and business teams in multiple countries and jurisdictions outside the United States.

He enjoys the intellectual challenges of the work, and he’s gained experience and adapted with the changing legal and compliance landscape in the healthcare and life sciences industries as the legal issues have become more complex. But what he finds especially rewarding is that his efforts contributed to the development and commercialization of products that make a difference in the lives of patients – extending lives or improving life quality.




  • J.D., University of Missouri
  • B.A., University of Missouri


  • Missouri
  • Developed and led, as general counsel, North American in-house specialty medicines legal team for multinational pharmaceutical company.
  • Counseled and trained sales and pharmaceutical marketing and medical education teams on FDA regulatory and other compliance related requirements and issues.
  • Developed initial North American specialty medicines compliance function for major multinational pharmaceutical company.
  • Helped develop and counseled on legal and compliance issues for in-house patient services call center for multinational pharmaceutical company.
  • Helped develop and counseled on legal and compliance issues for in-house specialty pharmacy licensed in all 50 states for multinational pharmaceutical company.
  • Developed various policies, including compliance policies, for North American business units of multinational pharmaceutical company.
  • Counseled on pricing issues and managed contracting with managed care payer organizations.
  • Negotiated and finalized manufacturing, distribution and commercial agreements, including product co-promotion agreements.
  • Negotiated and finalized in-license and out-license of pre-marketed and marketed pharmaceutical products.
  • Led legal work for sale of pharmaceutical manufacturing and R&D facility for major pharmaceutical company.
Outside the Office

James spends time gardening, traveling and playing baseball.

James grew up on a Missouri farm, which now translates into a love of gardening. Many years of business travel created an appreciation for exploring the world, notably a recent trip to Italy. Although he no longer participates in sports, he’s a lifelong Kansas City Royals fan, and enjoys playing baseball with his nieces and nephews.

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