Richard Dashefsky

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*Affiliated with Coppersmith Brockelman PLC on designated matters; admitted in Pennsylvania

Richard advises clients on clinical research, bioscience innovation, IP, and advanced data issues. He has extensive experience with collaboration, development, licensing and data use agreements; grants and subgrants; human subjects research and clinical trial agreements; and investigations and litigation.

Prior to affiliating with Coppersmith Brockelman, Richard served as Senior Counsel for Christiana Care Health System where he was lead attorney for IP as well as for its research enterprise, including a NIH designated cancer center and gene editing institute. He also served on the Christiana Care Institutional Review Board and research conflicts committee. Before working at Christiana Care, Richard supervised IP litigation at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, served as General Counsel of a biobanking startup, and served as General Counsel for the American National Red Cross. He started his career as a partner at Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C. Richard also served as a director of the Delaware Bioscience Association.

In his free time, Richard enjoys noisy adventures with his family and quiet trout fishing on his own.

Representative Matters

  • Advised cancer center medical director on Intellectual Property (IP) strategy and negotiated IP provisions in hospital system contracts.
  • Negotiated first inter-institutional participation agreement between NCI Community Cancer Center & Research Institute and a NCI designated “basic cancer” research center.
  • Advised client on legal issues in establishing research and gene editing institutes; negotiated licensing, collaboration and development agreements for institutes; negotiated CRISPR gene editing educational kit collaboration agreement with community college and specialty technology producer.
  • Assisted with grant applications to NIH, NSF and other governmental entities, including successful joint application with Israeli company for an Israel – U.S. Binational Industrial Research & Development (BIRD) Foundation grant.
  • Resolved disputes in negotiation and conduct of clinical trial and data use agreements and grants.
  • Advised Institutional Review Board on informed consent, emergency use authorizations, Common Rule compliance and other human subjects research issues.
  • Drafted Intellectual Property, Conflicts and Research Misconduct Policies.
  • Negotiated resolution of trademark and copyright disputes.
  • Represented hospital system in creation of multi-member research and medical workforce education alliance; created templates for DUA, MTA and Inter-Institutional IRB agreements.
  • Advised in creation of biobank and negotiated collaboration agreements with hospitals to provide specimens and data, retrospective and longitudinal.
  • Assisted in defense of genetic trade secret misappropriation injunctive lawsuit.


  • Biotechnology, Harvard Law School with Professor Charles Nesson
  • Bioethics, Harvard Law School with Professor Charles Nesson
  • Public Interest Law, Georgetown Law Center with Professor Victor Kramer

Education & Admissions

  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • B.A., Yale College
  • Admitted in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania