John Russell is a corporate partner in the Research Triangle Park office. He focuses his practice in the life sciences and technology areas, advising emerging and established drug development and discovery companies, universities and NGOs, software and data businesses, health information companies, agribusiness and biotechnology concerns, as well as financers working in these areas. Additionally, he has extensive experience in global data transfer and data use challenges facing information companies. He brings to this practice a broad background from his role as general counsel and chief administrative officer of Quintiles Transnational Corp., a leading global research company, where his duties also included being head of government relations, human resources and global integration. He also served as a Director of the North Carolina Railroad, a publicly traded short-line.
Mr. Russell provides advice to companies through the investment cycle, from emerging concerns to public enterprises. He has advised entrepreneurs, venture capital and private equity financers, public boards of directors, universities, non-profit organizations and government decision makers. Mr. Russell is experienced in advising global enterprises seeking to expand operations in Europe, South America and Asia, particularly in the drug development and technology fields. He has helped companies fashion agreements for strategic alliances in clinical trials and innovative financing techniques for drugs newly in the marketplace. He served as principal legal advisor on one of the largest going-private transactions in the life sciences space. On the government side, Mr. Russell has lobbied before the U.S. government and EU regulators on medical privacy and data issues. He has also helped secure funding for economic development projects in various U.S. states.
As a senior fellow of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, Mr. Russell advised the Department of Homeland Security and the Center for Disease Control on uses of health care data for public health monitoring and biosurveillance. He has also testified before a Congressional subcommittee on health care data use issues. He was a founding officer of the Washington, D.C.-based trade association ACRO – the Association of Clinical Research Organizations and is active in speaking and writing on related public policy topics.
Mr. Russell began his legal career in private practice in 1985 concentrating in corporate, securities and banking transactions. He represented venture capital financers, lenders and investment banks, as well as companies from the start-up stages to listing on exchanges. Over time he developed an emphasis in technology and drug development, and for 10 years served as general counsel and chief administrative officer to Quintiles Transnational Corp., the leading clinical trial company. In 2008, he served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of North Carolina concentrating his work in health care data issues.Prior to his legal career, Mr. Russell served as an editor in a New York City publishing house. He is the author of the novel Favorite Sons, and has published reviews and articles on literary and public policy topics in various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Southern Cultures, the St. Andrews Review, and the Raleigh News and Observer.