Steven D. Singer

Steven Singer has more than three decades of experience as a corporate attorney who has represented clients in a wide range of transactions. He has advised numerous public and private companies in the life sciences industry, focusing on joint ventures and strategic alliances, corporate and securities law, public offerings and venture capital transactions. Mr. Singer is consistently recognized in the areas of corporate and life sciences for successfully handling complex deals and collaborations in the technology transactions and licensing sector.

Mr. Singer has focused his practice in the life sciences industry for more than three decades. He has served as counsel for public and private companies in the life sciences sector, including biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical companies. His practice focuses on joint ventures and strategic alliances, corporate and securities laws, public offerings and venture capital transactions.

Mr. Singer has worked with the following public company clients, among others: Achillion, Agios, Aveo, Catabasis, Cerulean, Curis, Editas, Infinity, Karyopharm and Syros. Representative private company clients include Constellation, Cydan, Decibel, Fulcrum, Visterra and X-Chem. Mr. Singer has also worked with pharmaceutical companies, including Bristol Myers Squibb, Novartis and Wyeth.

Mr. Singer has also worked with New York-based medical and academic institutions in the establishment and operation of an independent, nonprofit genome sequencing center, the Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute and Bridge Medicines.

Community Involvement

Mr. Singer serves on the Boards of Directors of the New York Genome Center and The Possible Project.

Professional Activities

Mr. Singer is a member of the American Bar Association, the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.

  • WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2019 Edition of Chambers USA

    Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2019 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation’s best in 48 practice area categories and with 92 lawyers ranked as leaders in their respective fields.

    April 25, 2019
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  • WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2020 Best Lawyers in America®, Eleven Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

    Eleven WilmerHale partners were named 2020 Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers in America®, with the peer-review publication recognizing 124 lawyers from the firm overall.

    August 15, 2019
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  • LMG Life Sciences 2019 Recognizes WilmerHale as a Leading Law Firm for Life Sciences

    WilmerHale and 18 of its lawyers are once again recognized among the nation’s leading life sciences law firms and lawyers in the 2019 edition of LMG Life Sciences.

    October 2, 2019
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  • Over the last several years, representation of the following companies in their initial public offerings and follow-on offerings: Agios, Catabasis, Cerulean, Constellation, Editas, Kala, Karyopharm and Syros
  • Representation of New York-based academic and medical institutions in the establishment of research and development vehicles—Tri-I Therapeutics Discovery Institute and Bridge Medicines
  • Representation of MacroGenics in its alliances with Janssen, Servier, Takeda and Incyte
  • Representation of an independent, nonprofit genome sequencing center and consortium in its organization as a 501(c)(3) organization with multiple medical and academic institutions as members
  • Representation of Constellation in its collaboration with Genentech
  • Representation of Decibel in its collaboration with Regeneron
  • Representation of Voyager Therapeutics in its collaboration with Neurocrine Biosciences


  • Award Text

    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Lawyer of the Year

    Best Lawyers in America®

    2011, 2016, 2018, 2020

  • Award Text

    National Leader in Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial

    Chambers Global

    2008-2018, 2020

  • Award Text

    Inducted into The Legal 500 Hall of Fame for Healthcare: Life Sciences

    The Legal 500 Hall of Fame


  • Inducted into The Legal 500 US Hall of Fame in 2018 for healthcare: life sciences
  • Recognized as one of the world’s leading life sciences lawyers in the 2008–2016 editions of Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Life Sciences Lawyers; also recognized in the 2011–2016 edition of Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
  • Recognized as a national leader in the life sciences: corporate/commercial field in the 2008–2018 and 2020 editions of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2006–2021 editions of the Best Lawyers in America, and was named New York Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Lawyer of the Year for 2018, 2016 and 2011, New York Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year for 2017, and New York Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year for 2015 
  • Listed in each edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2003; recognized each year for his exceptional corporate/M&A practice and also for his life sciences commercial work in 2007–2009 and 2011–2020 editions. Sources describe Mr. Singer as a “phenomenal lawyer” who “knows the industry backwards and forwards.”
  • Named an elite “Leading Lawyer” in the areas of life sciences and intellectual property: patent licensing and transactional by The Legal 500 United States. In the guidebook, a source stated that he is “absolutely outstanding on general corporate matters, strategy and all other areas.”
  • Shortlisted for Finance & Transactional Attorney of the Year: Corporate in 2017 and recognized as a Life Sciences Star for outstanding transactional work in the 2012–2020 editions of LMG Life Sciences
  • Named a “New York Super Lawyer” in the 2011–2020 editions of Metro Edition magazine
  • Named a 2013–2016 leading practitioner in patent law by IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners
  • Selected as one of the nation’s most highly recommended corporate M&A attorneys in the PLC Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook 2007/08
  • Ranked as a leader in the US life sciences commercial and partnering category in the 2006/07, 2007/08 and 2009/2010 editions of the PLC Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook; also highly recommended for his corporate practice in 2006/07 and 2007/08
  • Named a “New England Super Lawyer” (formerly “Massachusetts Super Lawyer”) in securities and venture finance in the 2004–2008 issues of Boston Magazine.

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  • Education

    • JD, Harvard Law School, 1979

      magna cum laude Harvard Law Review
    • BA, Tufts University, 1976

      summa cum laude
  • Admissions

    • New York

    • Massachusetts