Eileen M. McMahon
Working with entrepreneurs and innovators for over 35 years, Eileen is Chair of Torys’ Intellectual Property and Food and Drug Regulatory practices. She advises Fortune 500 companies, leading manufacturers and innovators, as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises, on complex intellectual property and regulatory issues. She is recognized as Canada’s leading life sciences and food/agribusiness lawyer, with deep market insight and a practical, business-minded approach.
Eileen is a co-founder of the intellectual property and food and drug regulatory practices at Torys. She represents the entire spectrum of companies on regulatory clearance and intellectual property protection of products. Across sectors—including life sciences (pharmaceuticals, medical devices, natural health products), food/agribusiness, consumer products and more—Eileen helps clients identify, protect and leverage IP and regulatory assets, obtain and maintain market exclusivity, handle high-risk situations (corrective actions, recalls, regulatory orders), and navigate the impact of current and proposed laws on clients’ ability to sell products. Eileen also has market-leading experience with patented medicines and oversight of Canada’s Patented Medicines Prices Review Board (PMPRB). Eileen also represents investors and companies looking to finance or invest in companies with intellectual property and regulatory assets, as well as companies looking to acquire or divest such assets.
Eileen’s unique experience and strong market presence are well recognized: in addition to her Band 1 ranking in Intellectual Property by Chambers & Partners, Eileen is the only Canadian lawyer to be recognized as a Star Individual in Life Sciences. Managing IP regards her as one of the world’s top 250 women in IP, and The Legal 500 recognizes her as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in intellectual property.
Eileen is a registered patent and trademark agent in the United States and Canada. She is also a Certified Licensing Professional of the Licensing Executive Society (LES).
Eileen is a former member of Torys’ Executive Committee. She is a Trustee of the Board of CAMH and Chairs its Research Committee. As one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (Women's Executive Network), Eileen participates in various mentoring programs for women.