Carson Zheng, Sc.D., is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. His intellectual property litigation and counseling practice focuses on the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices and chemical arts. Carson draws on his prior experience as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, where he conducted bench research and clinical trials, allowing him to blend his scientific expertise with legal insight. Carson’s practice also includes corporate advice and transactions.
Carson joined the firm after clerking for Judge Jimmie Reyna of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before his clerkship, Carson earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Prior to law school, Carson was an accomplished scientist in biomedical research and drug discovery, focusing on cardiovascular diseases. After obtaining his doctoral degree in clinical biochemistry and epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health, Carson joined Harvard Medical School as a Lecturer on Medicine and held a concurrent appointment as a Principal Scientist at the Cardiology Division of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He later co-founded the Center for Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences, a joint venture between Harvard and Kowa Company Ltd. (Japan). Carson’s interdisciplinary research on the role of blood lipoprotein components in the etiology of inflammation and atherosclerosis paved the way for new therapies currently in Phase III trials to cure lipid disorders and cardiovascular diseases. Carson has published more than a dozen research manuscripts as first author in peer-reviewed medical journals. In addition to his scientific expertise, Carson also had experience prosecuting patent applications in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and chemical arts.
Carson grew up in China and graduated second in class from Peking University in Beijing, China with a B.Sc. in biotechnology. He speaks Mandarin Chinese.