John's experience in both law firms and biotech companies provides a depth of understanding of the law and of the role of intellectual property in business. In his current practice John serves as part-time in-house intellectual property counsel or outside counsel, depending on the client's needs.
Before beginning Storella Law Group, John was Special Counsel at Wilson Sonsini where he helped clients build their patent portfolios, negotiated license agreements, performed freedom-to-operate studies and managed intellectual property due diligence for companies and investors at series A, mezzanine, IPO and M&A stages.
John has served as Vice President for Intellectual Property at Ciphergen Biosystems (now Vermillion), a company that is commercializing the first FDA-approved multi-marker proteomics-based diagnostic test.
John was also a partner at Townsend in San Francisco, where he focused on developing patent portfolios. He was an associate attorney at Fish & Neave (now Ropes & Gray) in New York, where he focused on patent prosecution and patent litigation.
John holds a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Dartmouth College where he majored in biology, a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts where he studied cell and molecular biology, and a law degree from The University of Virginia School of Law. John also worked in the laboratory of Walter Gilbert, where he conducted studies using recombinant DNA technology.
John is familiar with many technology areas, including molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, microfluidics, microarrays, diagnostics, biologics, chromatography, instrumentation, pharmaceuticals and clean technology.