Mary J. Mullany


Mary J. Mullany concentrates her practice in the areas of securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing (public and private), executive compensation, corporate governance, pharmaceutical and life sciences licensing and collaborations, general corporate law, business counseling, and health care law. Her client base includes large, multinational public companies; public and private middle-market companies in a variety of industries; nonprofit organizations; and startup entities.

Mary has worked most recently on sophisticated merger and acquisition transactions for publicly traded companies, and on securities offerings including an initial public offering and secondary securities offerings. She counsels public and private companies in the areas of corporate governance, disclosure obligations, executive compensation, and financing alternatives. Much of Mary's work with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and life science companies focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and other corporate financing, and on licensing agreements, including collaborations and joint ventures.

Before becoming an attorney, Mary was a registered nurse with experience in critical care and risk management.


Representative Matters

  • Represented Asensus Surgical in the $22.7 million acquisition of substantially all assets, including intellectual property assets, of an Israeli-based surgical technology company. The assets included acquisition of artificial intelligence and data analytics assets. The transaction involved payments in two tranches, the issuance of common stock, in a private placement transaction.
  • Represented a medical device company in the acquisition of substantially all of the assets, including intellectual property assets, of an Israeli-based company focused on developing leading surgical technology.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Mary works with pro bono corporate clients in the areas of contracting and corporate governance requirements. She has also worked with volunteer fire departments seeking to combine forces in local communities.

Speaking Engagements

Mary is a frequent presenter in legal education courses. She has been co-chair and faculty for PLI's (Practising Law Institute) popular "Annual Disclosure Documents" securities law course every year since 2008, and presented "Overview of the JOBS Act and Practical Considerations; Dodd-Frank Act Updates and Private Placements Considerations" for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's "Considerations in Private Placements: Intermediate and Advanced Topics" in August 2012. She has also given multiple speaking engagements and presented at webinars on securities law updates and executive compensation, including the Dodd-Frank Act executive compensation provisions.

Board Memberships & Community Service

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians (job training and job placement organization for immigrants), Chair


Co-author, "Ballard Spahr Gears Up for a Busy 2019," M&A Magazine, January 2019

"Shareholder Approval of Equity Plans – Current Considerations," The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, Vol. 49, No. 8, April 20, 2016

"It's Time for Board Succession Planning to Take Hold," The Legal Intelligencer, March 24, 2015



Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1993, magna cum laude)
Articles Editor, Villanova Law Review; Member, Order of the Coif

Widener University (M.S.N. 1988)

University of Pennsylvania (B.S.N. 1979)