Jiayan Chen - McDermott Will & Emery


Jiayan Chen is deeply experienced in the regulatory, transactional and strategic issues that arise when leveraging health information, biospecimens and technology to drive healthcare innovation and quality. She guides stakeholders on privacy compliance and research compliance and in the context of strategic initiatives and collaborations as they seek to harness the power of data, machine learning, DNA sequencing and technologies to develop and deploy new products and solutions and address challenges in healthcare delivery and payment.

Her extensive work with complex and cutting-edge Big Data transactions and initiatives, real-world data and evidence generation, and data and health information technology transactions, and experience in data protection, genomic privacy, and research compliance make her extremely sought after in the industry. Jiayan advises a broad range of clients, including healthcare and life sciences companies, academic medical centers, genetics companies, digital health companies, data companies and healthcare technology companies, on a wide range of issues that arise at the intersection of health data, biospecimens, and technology.

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  • Counseled clients including healthcare providers, academic medical centers, professional associations, and digital health companies to identify and implement opportunities for leveraging data, biospecimens, or health information technology individually or in combination in furtherance of precision medicine, research, or quality initiatives.
  • Advised clients including genetics companies, healthcare providers, academic medical centers, life sciences companies, and digital health companies on matters involving compliance with privacy and human subject protection requirements.
  • Drafted and negotiated numerous data licensing, data collaboration, health information technology licensing and services, clinical trial, and research collaboration agreements.

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  • Chambers USA, Up and Coming, 2022 and 2023,
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Healthcare Law, Washington, DC, 2023-2024
  • Thomson Reuters, Stand-out Lawyer – independently rated lawyers, 2024
  • The Legal 500 US, 2022


  • American Health Lawyers Association, Tech Licensing and Intellectual Property Affinity Group, membership vice chair
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Health Law Section, member


University of Michigan Law School, JD, 2009
University of Michigan, BA, with distinction, 2006

District of Columbia