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

Ballard Spahr LLP
United States

Work Department

Business and Transactions


Partner and Practice Co-Leader of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group


Brian D. Doerner is a Practice Co-Leader of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Brian also is the former Chair of the Business and Transactions Department, former Co-Leader of the Life Sciences Industry Group, and he served for six months as the interim general counsel for a NYSE-listed multinational company.

Brian has over 30 years of experience representing both public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, cross-border transactions, and corporate governance matters. He has negotiated numerous strategic alliances and licensing agreements for life sciences, technology, manufacturing, and other companies. In the area of securities law, Brian has handled numerous private placements, private equity transactions, tender offers, initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, and 144A transactions.

Admissions: Pennsylvania


Entrepreneurs’ Forum, past President and Director

Philadelphia Bar Association, Business Law Section

Life Sciences PA, Board Advocacy Committee

People’s Light & Theatre Company, Former President, Honorary Board of Trustees

Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Philadelphia, Past Board Member


University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., cum laude)
Senior Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review; Member, Order of the Coif

University of Michigan (M.B.A., with honors)
Member, Beta Gamma Sigma

University of Delaware (B.A., magna cum laude)

Lawyer Rankings

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

Ballard Spahr LLP is especially accomplished within the Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota, Utah and Pennsylvania markets, fielding 80 attorneys across 12 national offices. In Philadelphia, Gregory Seltzer holds distinct expertise within the music, restaurant and sports sectors; meanwhile, Brian Doerner delivers an abundance of experience in M&A, restructuring, cross-border deal and corporate governance matters, particularly those within the technology, manufacturing and life sciences fields. Elsewhere, over in Minneapolis, Maggie Tatton serves as Doerner’s co-chair and is instructed for business transactions, joint ventures, carve-outs and roll-ups; she places particular emphasis on the food distribution, personal services, personal products and engineering sectors. The team caters to major corporates, start-ups and private equity clients alike and is also adept in the aerospace, gaming telecommunication, healthcare and energy industries.