Barbara Rummel

Barbara Lano Rummel

Partner She / Her / Hers

Barbara Rummel serves as co-leader of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions practice group and serves on the firm's Senior Leadership Team and Elected Board. She has completed numerous M&A transactions involving public and privately held businesses, with deals ranging in size from under $10 million to more than $1 billion. Her experience covers a range of industries, with a particular emphasis on the life sciences, including medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies. She has recently completed acquisition transactions in the water and safety solutions, communications technology, hospitality and financial services industries.

She also serves as outside general counsel to several companies, working directly with business leaders or supplementing in-house legal capabilities to meet a variety of transactional needs. In these roles, she negotiates key governance, joint venture, licensing, manufacturing, distribution and transition services agreements for clients of all sizes, including domestic and international arrangements.


Representative Matters

  • Represented CDMO client in negotiation of key customer manufacturing contract and financing arrangement, including a sale and leaseback arrangement
  • Represented Upsher-Smith Laboratories in the sale of assets of two branded pharmaceutical products
  • Represented an innovative labeling solutions manufacturer in company sale to private equity-backed packaging producer
  • Negotiated alliance agreement and license agreement between U.S. and U.K. firms for providing global real estate capital markets services

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Corporate Law, 2019-2024

Legal 500, M&A/Corporate and Commercial - M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m), 2023, 2024

Listed in The Power 30: M&A, Minnesota Lawyer, 2023 and 2024

Named "Notable Practitioner" by IFLR 1000 for Banking/Financial Services, 2018-2023

LMG Life Sciences Star: Mergers & Acquisitions, 2022 and 2023

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, "What Now? Strategic Alternatives for Boards," Lying Cheating Stealing Seminar, October 2023

Moderator, "IP Issues That Can Affect Your Valuation," Ballard Spahr Life Sciences Boot Camp, September 2023

Presenter, "Understanding the SPAC Exit Path," Minnesota Association for Corporate Growth, October 2021

Presenter, "On to 2021: What Lies Ahead for Mergers and Acquisitions?" Minnesota Association of Corporate Counsel, December 2020



Drake University Law School (J.D. 1990, with honors)
Order of the Coif

Winona State University (B.S., cum laude, 1986)