Professional Biography

Mark R. Wicker Partner

Firmwide Chair, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Industry Sector

  • San Diego

    D +1.858.720.5733

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    San Diego

    11988 El Camino Real, Suite 350

    San Diego, CA




Mark Wicker, a partner in the Technology Transactions & Privacy practice, advises clients in all aspects of acquiring, developing, commercializing and licensing new technologies and products. He has significant experience structuring strategic alliances, collaborations, joint ventures, licenses, and research, development, manufacturing and distribution relationships, often using novel approaches and pioneering methods that further his clients’ business objectives. His clients range from startups to well-established firms in the life sciences, technology, wireless, social media, clean technology, chemical and material sciences industries.

During his many years of practice, Mark has built a reputation for developing sophisticated business models and formulating business-centric legal solutions to the complex challenges biotechnology and life sciences companies face as they bring novel therapeutics and diagnostics to market. He also works in tandem with colleagues in the area of intellectual property and patent litigation to develop adversarial licensing programs and to negotiate settlement and key licensing agreements. Additionally, Mark has significant corporate experience in such areas as venture capital financing, public securities offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mark regularly speaks and offers commentary on life sciences and technology issues, including startup capital raising and formation and licensing transactions.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as one of the top lawyers in America in Best Lawyers in America, 2008 - 2018
  • Named Best Lawyers’ San Diego Patent Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2014
  • Recognized as a "Life Sciences Star" by LMG Life Sciences, 2014
  • Named one of the leading intellectual property and biotechnology lawyers in Southern California’s Best Lawyers, 2008 - 2009




Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 1985,
    Head Writing and Research Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law
  • Stanford University, A.B.,
    with Distinction
    , 1982