“Even though we’re separated by 3,000 miles or more, I still feel as though I’m part of a tightly integrated team.”
- Rob Church, Partner, Los Angeles
My practice is focused exclusively on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
When I started thinking about leaving my in-house position and joining a firm, then Hogan & Hartson was the obvious first choice. Not only did the firm have the best and broadest FDA Regulatory practice group, but I also had a number of friends and former colleagues who worked at Hogan & Hartson, which provided a strong incentive to join the firm. My expectation was that I was joining a collaborative, collegial, and industry-leading practice group, and my experience has exceeded my expectations.
There are two main reasons why most of my clients choose to work with Hogan Lovells. The first is that they know our FDA practice has a depth of experience and level of focus that exceeds any FDA law boutique. Second, they like having a firm with global reach. Because many clients are seeking approval of new drugs in multiple jurisdictions at the same time, these two attributes are immensely valuable.
Due to the depth and breadth of our FDA practice, I’ve had the opportunity to work on many unique projects while at Hogan Lovells. One of my most rewarding client matters since joining the firm involved a San Francisco biotechnology company that was having difficulty getting one of its new drugs approved. After working closely with the company for several months, we were able to convince the FDA to approve the product. As you can imagine, the client has been extremely loyal to Hogan Lovells since we were able to achieve this extremely favorable outcome.
I also work consistently with lawyers in other Hogan Lovells offices. In any given month, it’s likely that I’ll interact with Hogan Lovells lawyers in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Denver, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, New York, Brussels, London, and China.
Because I’m in Los Angeles, but have a number of clients on the East Coast, my mornings are generally spent responding to the first wave of client emails and phone calls that I receive in the early part of the day. I tend to use the mid-day to touch base with other partners and associates with whom I’m working on projects. In the late afternoon, which tends to be quieter, I generally work on research and writing projects. I work long hours, but my schedule is flexible. This allows me to spend time with my family and pursue my outside interests, such as cycling.
My immediate practice group consists of approximately 20 partners and associates who focus exclusively on the FDA’s regulation of drugs and biological products. Most of my colleagues are in Washington, D.C., but there is also an FDA associate here in Los Angeles who works with me, and several regulatory lawyers in the EU who are also part of our group. Even though we’re separated by 3,000 miles or more, I still feel as though I’m part of a tightly integrated team.
The firm also holds regular partner conferences, and I have found these to be very beneficial in getting to know a broader group of lawyers at the firm. I have several good friends who are partners at Hogan Lovells. It would be hard to imagine practicing in a firm without this network.
My practice is focused exclusively on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. I assist clients of all sizes on clinical trial issues, manufacturing practice standards, and the array of issues that arise in the research, development, and product approval context. I also advise on pharmaceutical life cycle management issues, as well as follow-on, or “generic,” biological products.
I joined the firm in 2008, after serving as in-house counsel for Amgen for eight years and, prior to that, working in the FDA’s Office of the Chief Counsel. I earned my J.D. from the William and Mary School of Law in 1993, after which I clerked for The Honorable James E. Bradberry, Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Outside the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and am an avid cyclist.