Laura Donnelly graduated from Cook College, Rutgers University with a B.S. in Biochemistry in 1988. She then conducted research on phospholipid metabolism under a grant from the American Arthritis Foundation at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, Piscataway, NJ. After that, she worked as a litigation paralegal at Hopgood, Calimafde, Kalil, Blaustein & Judlowe, New York, NY on biotech, chemical and pharmaceutical patent cases, including Amgen, Inc. and Ortho Pharmaceutical Corp. v. Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Genetics Institute, Inc. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 1994, Laura first worked as an associate at Oliff & Berridge, Alexandria, VA, doing biotech and chemical patent prosecution, client counseling, licensing and litigation where she represented the National Institutes of Health, various universities and small and large companies. She then represented small and large biotech and pharmaceutical companies doing biotech, chemical and pharmaceutical patent prosecution, client counseling, licensing and litigation in Washington, DC in the law firms of McDermott, Will & Emery; Long Aldridge & Norman; Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe; and Patton Boggs, where she made partner in 2002. Since 2003, Laura has been a member of Johnson & Johnson's law department, where she currently provides legal support to Johnson & Johnson’s Consumer business units.