Chris Cassella

Christopher J. Cassella

Associate
Christopher J. Cassella
Washington, DC
+1 202 346 4358

Christopher J. Cassella is an associate in the Intellectual Property Litigation practice at Goodwin. He started at the firm in 2022. Mr. Cassella concentrates his legal practice in representing pharmaceutical companies in complex pharmaceutical patent litigation matters arising under the Hatch-Waxman Amendments to the Patent Act and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

While in law school, in addition to five CALI Excellence for the Future Awards (given to the highest-scoring student in each law school class), Mr. Cassella earned Brief Writing Honors in the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition. He also served on the Executive Board of his law school's Intellectual Property Association and was a Senior Editor of the law school's journal, IP Theory. He has an advanced degree in biology as well as an undergraduate degree in biochemistry.

Mr. Cassella is registered to practice in patent matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Experience

Mr. Cassella’s experience ranges from pre-litigation activities, including Paragraph IV Certifications, through initial filings, fact and expert discovery, claim construction, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial phases.

His representative matters include:

  • Represented generic drug manufacturer in Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning oral formulations of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator potentiator indicated for the treatment of cystic fibrosis*
  • Represented generic drug manufacturer in Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning oral formulations of an atypical antipsychotic indicated for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson's disease psychosis*
  • Represented generic drug manufacturer in Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning oral formulations of a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus*
  • Represented generic drug manufacturer in Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning oral formulations of a sodium-glucose cotransporter inhibitor indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus*
  • Represented generic drug manufacturer in Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning oral formulations of an antidepressant indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder*
  • Represented generic drug manufacturer in Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning oral formulations of endothelin receptor antagonist indicated for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension*
  • Represented generic drug manufacturer in Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning oral formulations of a combination of an aromatic amino acid decarboxylation inhibitor and an aromatic amino acid indicated for the treatment of Parkinson's disease*
  • Represented generic drug manufacturer in Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning oral formulations of atypical antipsychotic indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia and depressive episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder*
*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Cassella was an Associate in the IP Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology practice group at Locke Lord LLP.

Professional Activities

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Junior Board Member (April 2020 – Present)
  • St. Procopius Legal Aid Clinic, Chair (July 2019 – February 2022)

Credentials

Education

JD2017

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

(magna cum laude)

MSBiology2012

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

BABiochemistry2011

DePauw University

Admissions

Bars

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Recognition & Awards

  • Top ANDA Litigator, ANDA Litigation Intelligence Report (2021)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (2019)