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Over the years, the College of Law has graduated many influential and successful lawyers, business professionals, and financial leaders. We are proud to count among our alumni members of the U.S. Senate and Congress, state senators and assembly members, state attorneys general, and federal and state judges. In addition, many of our alumni have moved into leadership positions in some of the world's largest law firms and into the fields of finance, real estate development, and international business affairs.

Joshua Patterson

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Joshua F. Patterson L’00
Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Carlsbad, CA

Joshua Patterson has served as in-house counsel in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry for 14 years. Mr. Patterson began his career at Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he was responsible for general corporate transactional matters, with a focus in clinical trials, patient privacy and FDA regulatory practice. At Amylin, he handled the transactional work supporting over 400 clinical trial sites for Amylin’s leading two first-in-class diabetes therapies that were ultimately granted regulatory approval by the FDA and European regulatory authorities.  

In his current position as Deputy General Counsel of Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Mr. Patterson spearheads transactions to advance Isis’ 32 drug pipeline, and specializes in intellectual property licensing. To date, Mr. Patterson has completed strategic licensing transactions at Isis resulting in over $1 billion in revenue, with the potential for additional down-stream revenue of up to $6 billion. In addition, while at Isis, he was primarily responsible for transactional matters related to the Phase III clinical trials of Isis’ flagship product, which was approved by the FDA in January 2013 for use in patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia.     

Mr. Patterson’s philanthropic activities include the annual Movember Foundation cancer fundraiser, which takes place each November to raise awareness and funding for cancers affecting men. He has been among the top fundraisers in Southern California for the past three years.

Mr. Patterson resides in San Diego, CA with his wife, Sabrina Cerretani Patterson L’01 (who is Senior Counsel with Conservice, LLC, a utility management company), and their four children, Elly, Sofia, Joshua and Grace.

Mr. Patterson is admitted to practice law in California, and is a member of the State Bar of California (Business Law Section) and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

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DC Externship Program – Host a Law Student

DC Externship Program – Host a Law StudentThe Syracuse Law Semester in D.C. Externship Program is underway with 25 students living and working full time in Washington.  Students are working in a variety of placements including federal agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and NASA, judicial chambers, nonprofit organizations, House and Senate offices such as Senator Gillibrand, and private entities including law firms and in-house counsels’ offices.  In each of these placements, students work alongside experienced supervising attorneys, many of whom are alumni, to gain insight into the practice of law in D.C.

In addition to hands-on work experience, students participate in coursework designed to develop an understanding of how the law functions in Washington D.C. Students also have both formal and informal opportunities to network with successful D.C.-based College of Law alumni and other D.C. practitioners.

We hope to include as many College of Law alumni as possible in the D.C. Program.   Alumni are encouraged to contact program coordinator Professor Terry L. Turnipseed at tlturnip@law.syr.edu to facilitate program placement opportunities for students or to host one or more of the networking receptions for participants.

SULAA Speaks

A podcast series by and for the members of the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association, SULAA Speaks seeks to share the wisdom of College of Law graduates with current and future alumni.

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Syracuse Law Magazine
Fall 2013

Fall 2013 Magazine Cover

The Fall 2013 issue of Syracuse Law Magazine is now available to browse online.  Click here to view.

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2013 Viewbook

Take a look at the new Syracuse University College of Law Focus Book here!