Marlon B. Rajakaruna

Marlon B. Rajakaruna

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Marlon is an accomplished corporate-commercial lawyer with a focus on life sciences, health care and commercial transactions. He previously practiced for over 18 years at a large international law firm where he was the co-leader of their global and national life sciences and health care practice groups. He is a thought leader in the area of clinical research and frequently speaks at national and international clinical research conferences.

Marlon regularly acts for Canadian and foreign pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, diagnostics companies, hearing aid manufacturers, medical services companies, clinical research organizations, academic research organizations, academic health regions, universities, site management organizations, licensed producers, medical clinics, cannabis clinics and various health professionals. For these clients he helps negotiate and draft a broad range of agreements and advises on risk management issues, regulatory matters, funding requirements and contract enforcement and interpretation. Marlon also develops various operating policies and procedures for these clients and provides them with strategic advice on organizational efficiencies.

Marlon also represents a variety of clients on complex mergers, acquisitions and sale transactions, as well as assists them with negotiating and drafting a variety of commercial agreements, including joint venture agreements, partnership agreements, unanimous shareholder agreements, license agreements and distributorship agreements. He also assists clients on a variety of corporate and commercial disputes.

Clients consistently praise Marlon as being a skilled negotiator who is highly responsive, practical, efficient and uniquely qualified to address sophisticated legal issues.

Community Involvement

Marlon is a former University-level football player and scholarship athlete. He remains very active in sports, having coached over 20 youth soccer and basketball teams. Marlon has been a guest instructor at MacEwan University and an instructor for the Alberta Bar Admission Course.


Areas of Practice

  • Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • Corporate Commercial
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Procurement, Leasing and Commercial Contracts
  • Technology and Information Technology
  • Data Protection, Cybersecurity and Privacy
  • Venture Technology, Start-ups and Emerging Companies
  • Intellectual Property Protection and Licensing
  • Energy and Energy Distribution

Bar Admissions

  • Alberta, 2002


  • University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    • LL.B. – 2001
  • University of Alberta
    • M.B.A. – 2001
  • University of Calgary/University of British Columbia
    • B.A. – 1997

Published Works

  • “Liability Considerations in Clinical Trial Agreements with Canadian Sites, Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices, June, 2010

Honours and Awards

  • Finalist for the Lexpert Rising Stars Award, Leading Lawyers in Canada Under 40
  • Harvard University Law School – Certificate in Negotiation
  • Clinical Research Contract Professional (CRCP) Certification
  • Recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Healthcare 2020 as one of the world’s leading practitioners in this field
  • Recognized on Best Lawyers in Canada 2021 as one of Canada’s leading practitioners in the area of Biotechnology Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (Business Law and Intellectual Property Sections)
  • Member, American Bar Association (Health Law)
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Charter Member, Model Agreement Group Initiative (MAGI)


  • English