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Michael Brown

Partner, DLA Piper

In January 2017, Mike Brown joined DLA Piper as a partner. Brown represents emerging and public life science, technology, and other growth companies in a broad range of major business transactions, including private placements, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures and other strategic collaborations. Previously, Brown was a partner in the San Diego office of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth. Brown’s clients span multiple fields, including companies in the biopharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics, medical instrumentation, vaccine and research reagent spaces, agtech, hardware, software, transportation, and entities that fund such companies. In the past year, he has helped 10 companies with their acquisitions and growth.

ALMA MATER: University of Virginia School of Law, University of Washington

TOUGHEST CHALLENGE: Recovering from a post-concussion syndrome that lasted a year after a car accident.

BEST ADVICE: “Be passionate about the work you do and the people you might come across.”