David D. Phinney


As a partner at Adkins Black, David Phinney focuses his practice on life sciences, software, technology transactions and intellectual property law. He possesses extensive experience in research and development agreements; license agreements; SaaS agreements; university and government licenses, collaborations; manufacture, supply, and distribution agreements; quality agreements; services agreements; scientific advisory boards; clinical trials; mergers and acquisitions; asset purchases and divestitures and other business transactions.

Prior to joining the firm, David served as Associate General Counsel for Caradigm, a Microsoft-GE joint venture in the healthcare IT space, where he was lead counsel for the company’s commercialization activities and international corporate matters. During his time as a senior associate in the technology transactions practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, he represented clients in the negotiation and execution of numerous transactions related to the development and commercialization of intellectual property, primarily in the life sciences, software and technology industries. He also served as vice president of legal affairs for Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company. Prior to joining Angiotech, David worked as an associate at Heller Ehrman and as a patent agent at a boutique law firm in the Silicon Valley.

David received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2002 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Washington where he received a B.S. in Cell & Molecular Biology and a M.S. in Fisheries Biology.

David lives with his wife, two sons, two dogs and a cat in a small community just east of Seattle, where he takes full advantage of his close proximity to the local fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing and whitewater rafting.

Before becoming an attorney, David worked as a fisheries biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The subject of his master’s thesis was “Avian Predation on Juvenile Salmonids in the Yakima River, Washington,” so if you’ve ever wondered about that, now is your chance to ask.

David D. Phinney
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