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Bruce N. Kuhlik


Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Pathfinder International, Adjunct Professor of Law

A.B, J.D., Harvard

Bruce Kuhlik is chief administrative officer and general counsel of Pathfinder International, a global public health organization, where he is responsible for legal and compliance...

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Bruce Kuhlik is chief administrative officer and general counsel of Pathfinder International, a global public health organization, where he is responsible for legal and compliance matters as well as advocacy, grants and contracts, operations, and other functions.  He came to Pathfinder in 2017 after holding a number of positions in industry, private law practice, and government.

Professor Kuhlik served as senior advisor to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs from 2015 through 2016.  From 2007 through 2015, he was general counsel of Merck & Co., Inc. In addition to leading Merck’s legal department, he had oversight responsibility for the company’s global public policy, global communications, federal government relations, corporate responsibility, and security functions. From 2005 through 2007, he served as the company’s associate general counsel. From 2002 through 2005, Professor Kuhlik was general counsel of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

Professor Kuhlik was a partner in the law firm of Covington & Burling from 1990 through 2002; previously, he was an associate at the firm. He chaired the firm’s food and drug and healthcare practice groups, providing advice and representation on the full range of issues facing industries regulated by the FDA.

From 1984 through 1986, Professor Kuhlik served as an assistant to the Solicitor General in the Department of Justice, where he briefed and argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. From 1981 through 1982, he was a judicial clerk to the Hon. Levin H. Campbell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Professor Kuhlik also has served as an adjunct professor of law at NYU and the University of Pennsylvania and has been a guest lecturer at other law and medical schools. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a recipient of the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Distinguished Service and Leadership Award.

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