Health Law

Diane Lopez headshot

Diane E. Lopez

Vice President and General Counsel

A magna cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College (Phi Beta Kappa), Ms. Lopez received her J.D. from Columbia University Law School, where she was an editor of A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, a publication of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Following graduation she joined O'Melveny & Myers where she remained for eight years, concentrating her practice in commercial litigation. At Harvard she assists the University on a variety of commercial transactions, with a focus on ways the University can protect and manage its intellectual property assets. She advises on health care, privacy, and student affairs issues, on concerns involving the use of human subjects and animals in research, and on issues involving third-party access to research data. Ms. Lopez has spent significant time on legal and legislative matters related to human embryonic stem cell research. She is a member of the University's Incident Support Team, which coordinates the University's response to major crisis events.  She is a former Trustee and Treasurer of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.

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Julie Faber

Julie Faber

University Attorney and Practice Coordinator

Ms. Faber received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College (Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. with high honors in Politics from Princeton University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Faber was a University Attorney in the Vanderbilt University Office of the General Counsel. Her practice there included corporate transactions, health law, technology transfer, university governance and conflicts of interest issues. She also served as counsel to the University Conflicts Committee and to the Board of Trust Ad Hoc Committee on Corporate Governance. At Harvard, Ms. Faber advises on a wide range of business transactions and regulatory matters, including commercial contracts, sponsored research agreements, online education initiatives, academic and hospital affiliations, corporate governance, data privacy, and research involving human subjects.

p: Assistant: Catherine Hammock 617-495-4778

Lauren Nikodemos

Associate Attorney

Ms. Nikodemos received her A.B. cum laude from Harvard College, her M.A. from New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science, and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Prior to joining the Office, Ms. Nikodemos practiced in the health care group in the corporate department of Ropes & Gray LLP. At the firm, her practice focused on biomedical research, including counseling on state and federal law related to clinical research, advising on research misconduct proceedings, and assessing research integrity functions and compliance programs. At the firm, Ms. Nikodemos also advised nonprofits on various corporate governance issues, such as best practices for governance structure and policies on conflicts of interest. At Harvard, she advises clients on a wide variety of academic, business, research and policy matters.

p: Assistant: Stephanie Cambra 617-495-1280
Heather Quay

Heather M. Quay

University Attorney and Administrative Coordinator

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (Phi Beta Kappa), Ms. Quay also attended the London School of Economics and received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. Following graduation, she practiced for four years with the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow and also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Reginald C. Lindsay of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. At Harvard she advises on a wide range of issues, with a focus on student and faculty affairs; research compliance and management, including research misconduct and the use of human subjects and animals in research; digital accessibility; and healthcare. Ms. Quay supervises litigation involving the University and also handles a variety of contracts and other transactions. She advises the University’s International Emergency Management Team, and serves as an alternate member of the University's Incident Support Team, which coordinates the University's response to major crisis events.

p: Assistant: Catherine Hammock 617-495-4778