PhRMA Executive Vice President Mit Spears


Mit Spears photoJames M. (Mit) Spears is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).  Spears oversees the Law Department and also serves as a member of the PhRMA Management Committee.

A former General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission with over 30 years of experience in both private practice and government, Spears offers broad-based expertise in health care, the life sciences and technology. In his most recent position as a partner at the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm Ropes & Gray, LLP, he provided legal advice and strategy to biopharmaceutical companies on key industry issues.  In addition to his work in the life sciences sector, Mit’s practice focused on antitrust and trade regulation, advertising and consumer law and litigation

In addition to his tenure at the Federal Trade Commission, Mit served in various capacities at the U.S. Department of Justice including Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in both the Land and Natural Resources and Civil Divisions of the Department and Acting Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy.  Mit’s legal career began as a Staff Assistant to Governor William P. Clements Jr. of Texas.

A native Texan, Mit received a B.B.A from Texas Tech University and a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.  Mit is an avid sailor and cyclist and currently resides with his wife, Kyle Gibson, in Washington DC.



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