Galia Porat

Associate General Counsel, Teva Pharmaceuticals

2021 Teva Rising Star

Galia Porat

How did you get your start in your career?

After graduating from law school, I clerked for a federal judge in Philadelphia and then worked at the law firm Dechert LLP focusing on white collar and securities litigation before joining Teva.

What is one risk that you have taken during your career journey thus far?

Prior to joining Teva, I did not have much experience in the pharma industry. I took a leap of faith that I would learn the industry and subject matter. The first year in pharma was intimidating, but I am so happy I made the jump and have really enjoyed working in the healthcare business.

What are some factors that you attribute to your success in pharma?

I have had great managers at Teva who have given me the freedom and space to develop my skills and opportunities to showcase them.

Being part of a strong legal team with incredibly talented and collaborative colleagues who are always willing to help enables me to be more successful with my own work.

I am persistent and always working on contingency plans to optimize cases. Focusing on Teva’s mission and our value to the healthcare system is paramount and helps my advocacy on behalf of the Company.

What has been one of the greatest challenges you have faced in your career and how did you overcome that challenge?

When I joined Teva, I had no expectation that the various government investigations I manage would become so high-profile, complicated and critical to the Company. The attention can be significant at times and I feel an enormous responsibility. However, I never lose sight that our mission is to help patients and improve lives and how essential Teva is to the healthcare system.

What is one piece of advice would give to the next generation of women starting their career in the pharmaceutical industry?

Junior professional women in legal (like in many other industries) are often surrounded by older men with more experience and this dynamic can be intimidating and lead to “imposter syndrome” (not believing we are as capable as our male colleagues). I would urge women in the industry to recognize that dynamic and actively try to overcome it because age and experience do not always mean better ideas.  Push yourself and your colleagues to think of you as an equal by showing them how good you truly are.