Alice Valder Curran, Life Sciences Regulatory Expert & Hogan Lovells Partner

“My greatest personal triumph in life was having the courage to say no.”

Alice Valder Curran

Alice Valder Curran, life sciences and drug pricing expert, global regulatory practice leader, and partner at Hogan Lovells, shared the story behind her title with us on March 8, 2023.

Alice is a nationally recognized expert in life sciences, drug pricing, and market access. She advises pharmaceutical and biotech companies, from start-ups to multinational companies, on commercialization, compliance, and policy. Known for her regulatory and financial acumen, she partners with drug developers to design innovative drug commercialization strategies that facilitate patient access to critical therapies.

The Financial Times recently recognized her in its awards for Most Innovative Legal Practitioner. With Congress’ recent adoption of significant changes to drug pricing regulation, she is a sought-after speaker on the economic and policy implications of the Inflation Reduction Act.

Alice worked a reduced schedule throughout her career in the private sector until joining the leadership ranks at Hogan Lovells, serving on its International Management Committee as a Regional Managing Partner and then head of the firm’s Global Regulatory Practice. She completed her leadership stint as the head of the firm’s 700-lawyer Global Regulatory and Intellectual Property practice, helping direct strategic planning and day-to-day operations.

During her tenure, Alice delivered profitable business growth, while emphasizing a culture of collaboration and trust. She also championed the firm’s initiatives for equity through inclusion, flexible working arrangements, and the advancement of women lawyers.

The mother of three adult children, she lives with her husband in McLean, Virginia.


As a young girl, Alice would go to work with her Dad and watch him “perform” as a trial attorney.  The experience was exciting and sparked an interest in Alice to pursue law herself.  As a top expert today in the field of Pharmaceutical and Biotech, Alice brings her lessons learned around having the courage to say no and asking herself “why not me” in all moments she’s called to lead.

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