McDermott FDA Practice Leader Again Named LMG Life Sciences’ Regulatory Attorney of the Year


Leading heath & life sciences law firm McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that FDA Practice Chair Vernessa Pollard was again named as the Regulatory Attorney of the Year: FDA Medical Device by LMG Life Sciences. This is the second time Vernessa has been recognized for this award.

“Vernessa is an accomplished lawyer and gifted leader to both her team and in the broader industry. She has built a reputation as one of the nation’s top FDA practitioners and this recognition solidifies that,” said Stephen Bernstein, co-chair of McDermott’s Life Sciences practice. “Her contributions helping clients navigate the complex FDA regulatory landscape in a highly effective manner are invaluable.”

Vernessa provides strategic counsel to clients on pre-market strategy, post-market compliance and policy matters involving medical devices. She advises global companies, start-ups, and investors on innovative digital health solutions, including clinical decision support, software as a medical device, and AI-powered algorithms. On regulatory and compliance issues, she counsels clients on mergers, acquisitions and other transactions involving FDA-regulated products. Vernessa honed her skills in FDA’s Office of Chief Counsel, where she served as Associate Chief Counsel for Enforcement for six years and advised agency officials on compliance, enforcement, policy and defensive litigation matters involving medical devices and other FDA-regulated products.

McDermott Will & Emery is the nation’s leading health law firm. The Health Industry Advisory group is the only health practice to receive top national rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” Chambers USAThe Legal 500 US, and Law360. The practice was also recognized by Chambers as “Health Team of the Year” in 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019 and 2020. McDermott has held the top spot in PitchBook’s League Tables as the most active firm for healthcare private equity since 2017.

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