Maria E. Pasquale

SVP and Deputy General Counsel
Celgene Corporation

MARIA E. PASQUALE is the Senior Vice President Legal & Deputy General Counsel at Celgene Corporation, a global bio-pharmaceutical company in Summit, New Jersey and has been with Celgene since 2001. Ms. Pasquale’s responsibilities include transactional matters, regulatory, commercial compliance, R&D agreements, intellectual property, and litigation for Celgene.  Ms. Pasquale has led the legal department through its global expansion from a domestic company to having offices in over 35 countries around the world, as well as, through five acquisitions.  In 2011, she was a Co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee of Diversity and Inclusion.  In 2012, Ms. Pasquale was honored with a Burton Award for Legal Achievement as a “Legend in the Law” as an outstanding lead lawyer for a major corporation.  Prior to joining Celgene, Ms. Pasquale was at Pennie & Edmonds LLP in New York (now a part of Jones Day, LLP) for over ten years, specializing in litigation in the biotechnical and pharmaceutical field; product life cycle management, due diligence, domestic and foreign research collaborations.   Ms. Pasquale has a B.S. in Biochemistry and prior to law school spent five years doing scientific research in cancer and the study of genetic diseases at the Institute for Basic Research, New York, NY and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Nassau, NY.  She is a co-author on several scientific publications.  Ms. Pasquale is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the District of New Jersey; the Bars of the States of New York and New Jersey as well as Bar of the United States Patent & Trademark Office.  Maria has over 20 years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry experience.