Mary J. Mullany

Tel 215.864.8631
Fax 215.864.8999

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 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

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.


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

Co-author, "SEC Releases Guidance on Cybersecurity Disclosures," Ballard Spahr alert, February 26, 2018

Co-author, "Pay Ratio Disclosure Fast Approaching," Ballard Spahr alert, February 5, 2018

"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

Chapter contributor, "Executive Compensation," ERISA: A Comprehensive Guide, Fourth Edition, edited by Paul J. Schneider and Brian M. Pinheiro (last updated September 2015)

"Insider Trading and SEC Rule 10b5-1(c) Trading Plans," PLI’s Annual Disclosure Documents Presentation, September 2015

Mary was profiled by Law360 in its February 24, 2014 edition, in an article titled "Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Ballard Spahr's Mary Mullany."

Co-author, "SEC Acts To Eliminate Prohibition on General Solicitation and Expand 'Bad Actor' Disqualifications," Wall Street Lawyer, August 2013

Co-author, "SEC Proposed Rules: Compensation Committee-Related Requirements Under Dodd-Frank," BNA's Pension & Benefits Daily, April 18, 2011

"Dodd-Frank Act Say-on-Pay: The SEC’s Final Rules," BNA's Pension & Benefits Daily, February 16, 2011

"Implementation of the Dodd-Frank Say-on-Pay Requirements: An Analysis of the SEC's Proposed Rules in Time to Prepare for the 2011 Proxy Season," BNA's Pension & Benefits Daily, December 2, 2010

Co-author, "SEC Issues Stay on the Effectiveness of the Proxy Access Rules," Ballard Spahr Securities Alert, October 6, 2010

Co-author, "Compensation Committees – The New Gatekeepers," The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, Vol. 43, No. 3, February 3, 2010

Co-author, "2009 Annual Disclosure Documents," The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, Vol. 42, No. 5, March 4, 2009

Co-author, "Revisions to Rule 144 - The SEC Makes Improvements to the Resale Safe Harbor," Inside the Minds, Analyzing Rule 144 Revisions, 2008

Co-author, "Executive Compensation Under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008," Pension & Benefits Reporter, Vol. 35, No. 44, November 4, 2008

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

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

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)