Sarah Chapin Columbia - McDermott Will & Emery


Sarah Chapin Columbia is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Over the last dozen years, she has led 17 patent infringement, trade secrets and invalidity trials (11 jury trials, six bench trials) across several jurisdictions, including the federal courts in Massachusetts, Florida, Delaware, Colorado, California and Texas.

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  • Lead counsel for Alnylam in ongoing patent infringement litigation involving the cationic lipids essential to the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines (Alnylam v. Pfizer/BionTech (D. Delaware); Alnylam v. Moderna (D. Delaware))
  • Lead counsel for Next Caller in simultaneous patent infringement litigation and trade secrets, tortious interference and breach of contract litigation related to authentication services. Successfully secured a unanimous jury verdict in favor of Next Caller in both matters (TrustID Inc. v. Next Caller Inc., (D. Delaware), TRUSTID, Inc. v. Next Caller Inc., (D. Colorado))
  • Lead counsel for Amgen in a patent infringement action and jury trials involving breakthrough biologic therapy for the treatment of high LDL cholesterol (Amgen v. Sanofi, et al., (D. Delaware))

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  • Euromoney,  Americas Women in Business Law Awards, Patent Lawyer of the Year, 2023
  • LMG Life Sciences – Leading Life Sciences Lawyer, 2021 to 2022
  • Managing Intellectual Property, Massachusetts Litigator of the Year, 2022; Top 250 Women in IP, 2023
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Go To Intellectual Property Lawyer, 2021
  • LMG Life Sciences, Shortlisted for General Patent Litigator of the Year – New England, 2020 to 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2022 and 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Intellectual Property (2011 to 2024), Biotechnologyu and Life Sciences Practice, (2023 to 2024)
  • IAM Patent 1000, Leading Patent Practitioner, 2013 to 2023
  • Lawdragon, Top 500 Leading Litigators in America, 2022
  • Chambers Global, 2020 and 2021
  • Chambers USA, Band 1, 2008 to 2023

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  • The Sedona Conference®, Working Group on Patent Damages and Remedies


Harvard Law School, JD, magna cum laude, 1987
John F. Kennedy School of Government – Harvard University, MPP, 1987
Wesleyan University, BA, Economics 1982


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