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Life Science, Biotech Fuel Firm’s Growth

LAW: Torrey Pines Law Tops Fastest-Growing List

Torrey Pines Law Group has been named one of the fastest growing law firms in the country and in early November opened an office in Germany.

“We’re going to start with one or two people and then grow organically,” said Kevin Buckley, who founded the firm in 2013. “I worked really hard for this. It’s been a long time coming.”

Kevin Buckley
Founder
Torrey Pines Law Group

Since 2020, Torrey Law Group has grown from a staff of four to a staff of 24 by concentrating on representing life science and bio-tech firms with patents and getting approval for their products from the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) and other regulatory agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

Buckley said he’s expanding into Europe with the office in Germany “to serve our clients that want regulatory approval through us in the U.S., but then they’ll also need approval in Europe.”

“If you’re getting a medical device or a drug on the market in Europe, you’re going to want patent protection there,” Buckley said.

In October, Torrey Pines Law Group was given an award by Clio, a provider of cloud-based legal technology, as the “best growth story” of 2022 for its rapid expansion.

Headquartered in San Diego, Torrey Pines Law Group is an intellectual property, FDA regulatory and technology transactions law firm.

“We’re focused on getting the technologies to market, actually to market,” Buckley said. “We’ll patent the technology, we’ll get approval through the FDA.”

Jacob Vogan
Co-founder
CB Therapeutics

Jacob Vogan, co-founder and chief science officer of CB Therapeutics in Carlsbad, said that the company got seven patents approved with the help of Torrey Pines Law Group and has about a dozen more that are pending.

CB Therapeutics genetically engineers organisms such as yeast or bacteria to make new molecules. It’s a relatively new field and Vogan said that made it difficult to find a patent law firm to work with.

“Kevin and his team have this very deep expertise in handling patents of this style. We’ve gone with them with all of our patents,” Vogan said. “They work whenever we need them to work. They’re easy to work with and a great resource.”

A San Diego native, Buckley grew up in La Jolla and is a graduate of The Bishop’s School in La Jolla. He earned a bachelors’ degree in biochemistry from the University of California San Diego.

Buckley started out as a chemist/researcher. He got into patent law after helping companies write patent applications by explaining the chemistry behind their products.

“I was just a young guy having a lot of fun doing research but I also was having fun writing patents,” Buckley said, adding that a mentor persuaded him to go to law school to become a patent attorney.

“I’ve been one of the luckiest persons alive, just having the mentors I’ve had,” Buckley said. “I’ve tried to take advantage of it all.”

After earning a degree in intellectual property law from the University of Pittsburg School of Law, Buckley formed Torrey Law Group as a sole practitioner in 2013, “then I started adding people in 2014,” Buckley said.

“I operate Torrey Pines Law Firm more like a tech startup then I would a law firm,” Buckley said.

Initially, the firm dealt strictly with patents then added a regulatory practice.

“That pivot enabled us to grow very quickly,” Buckley said, but he doesn’t want to grow too big and is trying to figure out the ideal size.

“I’ve seen a lot of advice from a lot of boutique law firms and they typically say between 30 and 40 professionals,” Buckley said. “Thirty of 40 professionals really makes a lot of sense for a lot of boutiques and for what we’re doing, that makes a lot of sense.”

Torrey Pines Law Group

Founded: 2013
Headquarters: San Diego
Founder:  Kevin  Buckley
Business: Intellectual Property, FDA regulatory, and technology transactions law firm
Employees: 24
Website:  torreypineslaw.com
Notable: Firm has unique legal experience at the intersection of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related convergence technologies.

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