Steven Garfinkel, Esq. joined the Foundation as Vice President and General Counsel in the fall of 2006. In this position, Steve is responsible for the overall business and legal affairs of the Foundation, and supports the staff in both California and Massachusetts. In his role, Steve oversees the implementation of the Foundation's strategic and business plans and related finance and tax matters. Steve is the primary author of the Foundation's comprehensive research collaboration and intellectual property sharing agreements.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Steve was Pharmaceuticals Counsel and Director for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in East Hanover, New Jersey, the US headquarters for the Swiss pharmaceuticals giant, where he specialized in pharmaceuticals business law and business development transactions from 2002 to the fall of 2006. From 1995 through 2001, Steve was with AT&T as a General Attorney in the Corporate Securities Group at the company's headquarters in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, providing counsel on significant mergers and acquisitions transactions. Steve began his legal career in 1988 with the Skadden, Arps law firm in New York, advising clients on various corporate, securities and mergers and acquisitions matters and transactions.
Steve received his JD from New York University School of Law and holds a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Bucknell University. Steve and his family live in the Boston area and are avid Red Sox, New England Patriots and Bruins fans.