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Diane M. Frenier

Diane M. Frenier

Partner

Education

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law, Newark, 1986, J.D.
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1982, B.S., magna cum laude, Management, Marketing minor

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New Jersey

Diane practices in the area of Life Sciences Transactions, and is a member of both the firm's Corporate & Securities Group and its Life Sciences Health Industry Group. Diane concentrates her practice in representing pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other life sciences companies in both domestic and international arrangements for:

  • Strategic alliances, joint ventures, collaborations and licensing, including extensive experience in licensing from Japanese pharmaceutical companies,
  • Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures,
  • Transactions arising from dispute resolution,
  • Marketing, promotion and distribution, and
  • Manufacturing and other operational arrangements.

Diane brings the knowledge and experience gained by 25 years of focus in the life sciences industry to bear for the benefit of her clients.

In addition, Diane has served as general counsel for many of her clients, providing legal counsel on a broad range of legal issues and calling upon other professionals at the firm in specialized legal areas, as necessary, to provide the best advice to her clients.

Diane has been recognized as being a leading lawyer in her field in the United States by Chambers (New Jersey Corporate M&A and Life Sciences Nationwide) since 2008, and by PLC Which Lawyer (Life Sciences: Commercial and Partnering and Life Sciences: Corporate) since 2010, and by LMG Life Sciences (Life Sciences Star) since its inaugural edition in 2012.

Employment History

  • 2000 - Reed Smith
    • Chair, Business & Finance Department (2016 to present)
    • Member of the firm's firmwide Executive Committee (2001 to present)
    • Deputy Department Head of the firmwide Business & Regulatory Department (2003 to 2007)
    • Practice Group Leader of the Life Sciences Transactions Group (2002 to 2003)
  • 1994 - Smith, Stratton, Wise, Heher & Brennan - Partner
  • 1991 - Hannoch Weisman - Associate
  • 1986 - Smith, Stratton, Wise, Heher & Brennan - Associate

Honors & Awards

  • Diane was listed in the 2016 Chambers USA in the practice area of Corporate M&A in New Jersey. Chambers USA is issued by Chambers and Partners. A description of the selection methodology can be found at chambersandpartners.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Diane was listed in the 2016 Chambers USA in the practice area of Life Sciences: Corporate and Commercial. Chambers USA is issued by Chambers and Partners. A description of the selection methodology can be found at chambersandpartners.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Diane has been listed on the Best Lawyers in America list since 2013 in the practice area of Mergers and Acquisitions. Best Lawyers in America is issued by Best Lawyers. A description of the selection methodology can be found at bestlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Professional Affiliations

  • Business Law Section of the American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in New Jersey Corporate M&A and as a leading lawyer nationwide in Life Sciences since 2008
  • Named as a "Life Sciences Star" by LMG Life Sciences Guide annually since its inaugural edition in 2012. Diane has been identified in their research as one of the preeminent life sciences practitioners in the country.
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in 2014 for her work in the practice area of Mergers and Acquisitions Law 
  • Recommended by PLC Which Lawyer in the U.S. for Life Sciences: Commercial and Partnering and Life Sciences: Corporate
  • Selected as one of the first "50 Best Women in NJ Business by NJBIZ magazine in 2006