Laurie Carr Mims has extensive experience litigating complex civil matters, including securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions. She has tried a variety of cases, including several as first chair. While Ms. Mims has represented institutional and individual clients from a wide range of industries, most of her clients are in the biotechnology and venture capital fields. She has also handled high-stakes matters involving the False Claims Act, breach of contract, fraud, trade secret theft, and copyright infringement, and has defended individuals in DOJ investigations and prosecutions.
Ms. Mims also has an active pro bono practice, through which she has represented indigent clients in criminal trials and habeas proceedings, and is active with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. She recently represented the City of Pleasant Hill and Pleasant Hill City Council in defending its ordinance regulating firearm retailers. The ordinance requires a police permit, alarm system and security cameras for gun dealers, and restricts where new sellers can operate in relation to schools, day care centers, parks and residences. The restrictions were unsuccessfully challenged by gun dealers and a firearm trade group.
Shareholder Representative Services v. Shire Pharmaceuticals
We represented Shareholder Representative Services (SRS) in its role as representative of the former shareholders of FerroKin Biosciences in a post-merger dispute with Shire Pharmaceuticals, which had refused to make a $45 million milestone payment related to the development of an experimental iron chelation drug. After a four-day bench trial, the Delaware Chancery Court entered judgment in favor of SRS, ruling in a 77-page opinion that the former FerroKin shareholders were entitled to the overdue $45 million milestone, as well as five years of interest on the payment and their attorneys’ fees and costs.
Genentech v. JHL Biotech
We represent Genentech in a federal trade secret theft lawsuit alleging that former Genentech scientists, several of whom have also been charged criminally by the Department of Justice, stole confidential and proprietary information to help a foreign company develop biosimilar versions of Genentech medicines.
Insurer v. Former CEO
On the eve of trial in Delaware federal court, we obtained a favorable settlement for the former CEO of a major healthcare company in a breach of fiduciary duty case. We also represented him in related insurance coverage action in Colorado federal court.
Phenomix v. Pharmaceutical Company
We represented a start-up drug discovery company in a collaboration agreement dispute regarding the development of a diabetes drug. We obtained a favorable settlement before arbitration was filed.
Venture-Backed Biotechnology Company v. Pharmaceutical Company
We represented a biotechnology company developing a drug for a rare genetic disease in arbitration proceedings over its rights to develop its sole product under a collaboration agreement with a large pharmaceutical company. With our assistance, on the first day of the arbitration the parties reached a favorable settlement, which provided for our client’s acquisition of the life-saving drug it is developing. The FDA has now approved the drug and our client successfully conducted an IPO.
Revance Therapeutics, Inc. v. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation
We represented Revance, a biotechnology company which develops next-generation dermatology products and therapeutic medicines, in a Delaware Chancery Court bench trial. The trial determined Revance’s worldwide rights to its injectable botulinum toxin product, as well as its ground-breaking topical botox product. Days after the trial, we finalized a settlement which returned all global rights to develop and commercialize both products across all indications to Revance, and resolved all outstanding litigation between the companies.
Plaintiff v. Law Firm
We successfully defended at trial an Am Law 50 law firm and one of its former partners against a $100 million claim. The plaintiff alleged malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty related to estate planning. After an eight-week trial in California state court, we won a complete victory.
Plaintiff v. Telecommunications Company
We represented a communications provider in its appeal of an adverse judgment in a sexual harassment case. We won in part and lost in part on appeal.
United States v. Executive
We represented an investment fund executive charged with criminal tax fraud related to a tax-shelter transaction that the fund designed and implemented. We resolved the matter by negotiating a plea to reduced charges.
April 09, 2020
Faced with a key witness expressing concerns about coming to court to testify during the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge in San Francisco has again postponed the resumption of a criminal trial against a Russian man accused of hacking Silicon Valley technology companies. Read more
March 02, 2020
Former shareholders of a Shire PLC merger partner told a Delaware vice chancellor Monday the company tried to put its own spin on contract terms in a $325 million merger agreement in an effort to avoid a $45 million post-merger "milestone" payment for an acquired drug prospect. Read more
September 16, 2019
The issues at stake in the case illustrate the growing importance of trade secrets protection to life sciences companies and the IP professionals who serve them. Read more
September 09, 2019
Taiwan’s JHL Biotech has agreed to stop developing copycat versions of four Genentech biologics as part of a deal to end high-stakes trade secrets litigation. Read more
September 09, 2019
Genentech reaches a settlement agreement with JHL Biotech, which sees the latter cease development of biosimilars to Genentech’s products. Read more
November 14, 2018
Laurie Mims recently participated in a Daily Journal roundtable discussing trends and important cases in securities law. Read more
May 11, 2018
Irish pharmaceutical company Shire PLC lost a bid Friday to shut down a Delaware Chancery Court contract breach suit demanding an overdue $45 million drug development “milestone” payment, filed by the post-merger representatives of the drug’s original owner. Read more
Laurie Mims joined Keker & Van Nest in 2005 and became a partner in 2009. Read more
With help from Michael Celio and Laurie Mims, Emeryville-based Amyris Inc. has shaken off a securities suit alleging executives misled the market about the company's success developing a plant-based fuel alternative. Read more
Judge’s order overwhelmingly favors Amyris, plaintiff abandons case. Read more
Michael Celio led the defense of a renewable energy company and its CEO. Read more
Gun advocates claim the city's firearms ordinance was improperly approved and violates the Constitution. Read more
Laurie Mims shares how partners should address their increased legal liability. Read more
Laurie Mims will speak at the American Bar Association program. Read more
Stuart Gasner and Laurie Mims represented Revance, a biotechnology company which develops next-generation dermatology products and therapeutic medicines, in a Delaware Chancery Court bench trial. Read more
Seasoned trial litigators will provide practical tools for effectively litigating in federal court. Read more
Laurie Mims will moderate this panel, which features Sharif Jacob and other young practitioners. Read more
The Honorable Isabella Horton Grant (Ret.) will be presented with the 2011 Rose Bird Memorial Award. Read more
Laurie Mims is featured in the Recorder's piece on the attorneys who were elevated to partner in 2009. Read more
October 16, 2006
It took two tossed convictions and almost 10 years, but James Mar finally walked freely out of a Kern County jail last month Read more
- Panelist, "Understanding VCAP: Venture Capital Liability Insurance and Its Role In The Rising Tide of Private Shareholder Litigation," ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Conference, 2019.
- Moderator, "What Litigators Need to Know About Interviewing 3rd Party Witnesses," Bar Association of San Francisco Litigation Section, 2018.
- Panelist "Self-Advocacy & Countering Personal Negation," Women, Diversity & Change Summit, 2018.
- Panelist, "Defending Against and Pursuing Securities Class Action Suits: Trends and Developments in 2017," the Knowledge Group, 2017.
- Co-author, “Best Practices For Successful Collaboration,” Life Science Leader, 2012
- Panelist, "How to Practice in Federal Court," 7th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp Conference, 2011
- Panelist, "Understanding Professional Liability Risks and Exposure," American Bar Association's New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference, 2011
- Panelist, “The Top 5 Issues Affecting New/Young Litigators,” American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 2010
- "More 'Ps,' Please: Parental Leave Left Me a Better Practitioner," Women Advocate Newsletter, Summer 2010