Alicia A. Whittlesey



Alicia Whittlesey is a Principal of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman’s New England office. With over 15 years of experience working as in-house legal and compliance for multiple companies including Biogen and Sunovion (formerly Sepracor) in the life sciences industry. Ms. Whittlesey leverages her background by providing a valued business perspective guiding teams and stakeholders and offering solutions that take into account business needs while helping to move a company forward in a compliant manner. Ms. Whittlesey has experience analyzing and managing legal and commercial risks from a US perspective.

She focuses her practice on advising clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology space. She advises on legal, regulatory and compliance matters governing the life sciences industry. These areas include marketing, advertising & promotion including the review of marketing, medical and corporate communications, clinical research, patient recruitment, social media, field sales activities, policy development/review and training, compliance assessments, internal/external communications and interactions, patient advocacy, patient assistance & support programs. Ms. Whittlesey provides guidance related to fraud and abuse laws, Anti-Kickback legislation, PhRMA Code, Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act, and FDA guidance and regulations.


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Speaking Engagements

  • "The Intersection of Legal and Compliance – Understanding the Risks of the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute for HCP Engagements & Transparency," 2022 Transparency, Aggregate Spend & HCP Engagement Conference, 8/10/2022
  • "Closing Remarks," Porzio's Ethics & Eggs 2021, 12/09/2021
  • "Enforcement Action Current Trends: Compliance Takeaways from the Incyte Complaint," Porzio Life Sciences Webinar, 6/30/2021
  • "Compliant Patient Interactions," CBI's 16th Annual Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress, 4/18/2019

Prior Relevant Experience

  • Biogen, Weston, MA, Commercial Counsel Legal Affairs, 2013-2018
  • Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (formerly sepracor Inc.), Marlborough, MA, Counsel, 2008-2010; Senior CounselCommercial Legal Affairs, 2010-2012
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Plainsboro, NJ, Associate Counsel, 2005-2008
  • Eisai Inc, Teaneck, NJ, Administrative AssistantParalegal, 1996-2002; Counsel, 2002-2005