JOSH HOFHEIMER combines two decades of corporate, commercial and technology law practice with the experience having run a public company to bring his clients focused, practical counsel to help them grow their business and maximize their value and returns. His practice focuses on representing clients in life sciences, agribusiness and food and information technology sectors. Josh’s work spans a broad array of technology, intellectual property and commercial transactions ranging from agricultural technology to medical devices, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, software, Internet and new media transactions and includes developing and implementing business strategies for commercialization of multiple intellectual property platforms. Notably, he represented Nektar Therapeutics in its multi-billion dollar global strategic development and collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb for the commercialization of a combination therapy using BMS and Nektars’ proprietary drugs, and Monsanto Company in its efforts to advance agriculture research and development leveraging gene-editing technology through a joint venture with Pairwise Plants. Josh also has negotiated research, funding and commercialization agreements, licenses and technology spin-outs, as well as developed strategies to exploit proprietary products growing out of the research programs of agri-tech and bio-tech clientele. He also advises clients on general corporate matters.
Josh leads the firm’s Global Agribusiness and Food industry group, which has been acknowledged as the only law firm consistently ranked Band 1 in the category by Chambers Global (2016-2019). He has been recognized for his work by several publications, including recommendations by The Legal 500 US in both the Technology: Outsourcing and Technology: Transactions categories (2014–2017). He was selected by LMG Life Sciences as a “Life Science Star — Finance and Transactional” (2013–2019). Managing Intellectual Property – IP Handbook named Josh a “California: IP Star” (2013–2019) and Managing Intellectual Property named him a “Patent Star” for 2019.
From 2008–2010, Josh was the CEO/Managing Director of Australia’s first publicly listed ag-biotech company, Hexima Limited (HXL:ASX). While at Hexima, Josh led the company’s successful effort to forge a commercial path for its disease control platform, entering into a development and commercialization agreement with DuPont company, Pioneer Hi-Bred. The company established further commercial relationships with leading agribusinesses, Monsanto and Bayer Crop Science and Australian research centers.
Prior Sidley work includes representing start-up companies, agriscience companies, convergence technology companies, a semiconductor tooling manufacturer and broadband Internet content providers for whom Josh has acted as general outside corporate counsel, negotiating business development and strategic agreements such as content syndication agreements, licensing agreements, distribution agreements, e-commerce agreements, marketing and co-promotion agreements, joint venture agreements and web design agreements. He advised Los Angeles County and other large customers on a variety of software related matters, including the county’s acquisition of a new voting system for its election processes, several complex healthcare services systems and a new multi-layered county-wide traffic control system.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. District Court, C.D. of California
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 1995 (cum laude)
- Dartmouth College, A.B., 1991 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Rufus Choate Scholar)
- Charles Sifton, U.S. District Court, E.D. of New York (1995 - 1996)