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M. Wainwright Fishburn

Founding Partner, Cooley LLP, San Diego

M. Wainwright Fishburn, Jr., a venture capital attorney, is one of the founding partners of the Cooley LLP San Diego office. He represents life science, technology, digital health and genomics companies. His law practice includes corporate governance, mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances, intellectual property licensing and management. His activities in the community have included serving as chairman of the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. He also has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center.

ALMA MATER: University of California, Hastings College of the Law; Australian National University; University of Arizona

ENJOYS MOST: Every year he can point to three to four new groups who come into his world and are doing extraordinary things.

PASSION: He is an avid bicyclist who completed a 600-mile ride around the cape of South Africa.