Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Deborah H. Telman is Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Ms. Telman is responsible for leading Sorrento’s legal, intellectual property, compliance, human resource and regulatory functions and reports directly to Dr. Henry Ji, Chairman, President and CEO. Ms. Telman also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Scilex Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Deb has over 30 years of corporate experience at Fortune 500 companies, including serving as a senior executive at several global public companies, including Johnson Controls, Vice President and General Counsel, Building Solutions North America business, Abbott Laboratories where she was the Divisional Vice President and Associate General Counsel for the International Legal Operations responsible for all commercial legal activity around the globe. During her time at Abbott, Ms. Telman also led the successful spin and separation of AbbVie. Prior to Abbott, Ms. Telman was Chief Counsel Mergers & Acquisitions for The Boeing Company and a Corporate Partner at Winston & Strawn.
Ms. Telman is involved with numerous civic, charitable and professional organizations. Deb is a Trustee at City Colleges of Chicago and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Ms. Telman is a board member of Chicago Humanities Festival and Harriet’s Daughters and a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.
Ms. Telman earned a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.