Brian Doerner > Ballard Spahr LLP > Philadelphia, United States > Lawyer Profile

Ballard Spahr LLP
United States
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Work Department

Business and Transactions


Partner, Co-Practice Leader of Mergers and Acquisitions, Co-Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Life Sciences and Technology Group


Brian D. Doerner represents companies in M&A, restructurings, and cross-border transactions. He also handles securities offerings, including private placements, venture capital transactions, and initial public offerings. He has extensive experience in technology licensing and strategic alliances.

Admissions: Pennsylvania


Life Sciences PA, Board Member; Entrepreneurs’ Forum, past President and Director


University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 1987); University of Michigan (M.B.A. 1982); University of Delaware (B.A. 1980)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Ballard Spahr LLP acts for both buyers and sellers, ranging from small, privately held companies to multinational public companies, in deals spanning the middle- and lower-middle markets; and the practice has deal experience in sectors such as life sciences, technology, aerospace, manufacturing and telecoms. Other industry areas of expertise include gaming, consumer products, retail, healthcare, financial services, waste management and energy. Active clients are Vynamic, Organa Brands and PVH. The firm’s M&A attorneys also regularly work alongside its tax, securities, executive compensation, employee benefits, IP and environmental law colleagues. The M&A practice group has worked on a broad variety of M&A transactions, including public and private mergers, stock acquisitions and divestitures, and asset purchases and sales. Karen McConnell in Phoenix and Minneapolis’ Robert Tunheim co-chair the private equity group. New York’s retail and fashion group practice leader David Landau led advice to PVH on the acquisition of Geoffrey Beene, a men’s clothing brand; Michele Rowland in Denver acted for Organa Brands, which comprises cannabis industry brands, in the sale of its National Concessions Group operations to Slang Worldwide, a newly formed special purpose Canadian company; and co-practice leader of the emerging growth and venture capital group Gregory Seltzer assisted Dan Calista, the sole owner of the membership interest of Vynamic, a healthcare industry management consulting firm, with the sale of the membership interest to Riverwalk Healthcare, a newly formed subsidiary of UDG Healthcare US Holdings. Also highly regarded are co-practice life sciences and technology group leader Brian DoernerDavid Rudd in Salt Lake City, whose clients include private equity fund buyers and sellers as well as strategic buyers and sellers; Damon Barry leads the firm’s sports practice in Denver. Amit Kakkar is a notable associate. Named individuals are in Philadelphia unless otherwise stated.