BOSTON (November 30, 2017) – José Sierra has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in the firm’s Boston office. Mr. Sierra focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, pharmaceutical and healthcare compliance, healthcare fraud and abuse, and business litigation. He previously was a partner at Laredo & Smith in Boston.
Mr. Sierra has significant experience in the areas of healthcare fraud and life science compliance, advising healthcare and pharmaceutical industry executives, audit committees and corporate board directors on legal, employment, compliance and business strategies. He also has represented clients under government investigation, litigated shareholder and business disputes, and provided due diligence advice in connection with corporate acquisitions.
Prior to returning to private practice, Mr. Sierra served as the senior vice president and chief compliance officer for Sepracor (now Sunovion Pharmaceuticals) and Kos Pharmaceuticals, establishing those companies’ compliance programs and departments. He previously was the director of litigation at Schering-Plough, where he managed the company’s mass tort and commercial litigation. He also spent a dozen years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Newark, N.J., investigating and trying numerous high-profile cases.
“José’s background as a federal prosecutor, in-house attorney and corporate officer, and practitioner at a large law firm provides him with a unique breadth and depth of experience to ably represent clients and resolve complex legal problems,” said Ralph Lepore, leader of Holland & Knight’s Litigation Practice Group in Boston. “His intimate knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry makes him a particularly good fit with our existing healthcare and intellectual property practices in Boston and across the firm.”
“I know Holland & Knight well, having retained the firm many times during my years as an in-house counsel,” said Mr. Sierra. “As a full-service firm with a national and international platform, it has the depth of resources that I need for my clients’ increasingly large and ever more complex matters.”
Mr. Sierra received a J.D. degree from Cornell University Law School and a B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame. Following law school, he served as clerk to the late Judge Reynaldo G. Garza of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
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