Joy Sturm partners with biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies to build and protect their businesses with the United States government.  Having spent 20+ years building a practice focused in the life sciences government contracting sector, Joy is able to offer practical solutions to challenges that contractors face throughout contract formation and performance.

Joy advises clients contracting in all federal health and medical procurement programs, and has worked closely with legal and procurement teams within the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Defense, and Veterans Affairs.  

Apart from supporting clients with contract formation and compliance-related matters, Joy handles federal contract-related investigations, compliance audits, associated policy and procedure development, training, and diligence associated with government contractor acquisitions.

As a leading voice in the biotechnology contracting community, Joy advises on  all country of origin-related laws (including “Buy American” programs) affecting contractors.  Joy also advises on the compulsory disclosures and price ceilings associated with Federal Supply Schedule contracts, pharmaceutical price ceilings per the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992, VA and DoD Tricare health coverage, and related formulary and pharmacy programs.

Having co-authored a monograph on federal health care contracting: Selling Pharmaceuticals and Biologics to the Federal Government Federal Supply Schedule and Federal Pricing Requirements, Joy is frequently asked to speak on contracting topics affecting pharmaceuticals, medical device, and biotechnology contractors.

Awards and recognitions


Flex Success Award
Diversity & Flexibility Alliance


Government: Government Contracts
Legal 500 US


Life Sciences Star
LMG Life Sciences

Education and admissions


J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1994

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1989


Member, ABA Section of Public Contract Law    

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

New York

Representative experience

Handled procurement country of origin investigation involving multiple VA and DoD contracts for leading pharmaceuticals company.

Advised international pharmaceuticals company innovator and generics divisions on extensive companywide Federal contract pricing restatement.

Counseled leading medical device company on fraud investigation relating to VA Federal Supply Schedule contract pricing.

Led a team of associates on a pro bono case that led to a path to citizenship for a Congolese woman escaping abuse and visas for her four daughters.

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