Brendan is a partner in the Licensing, Strategic Partnering and Commercial Transactions group.

Brendan C. McCarthy
Brendan C. McCarthy
San Diego
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Brendan C. McCarthy

Brendan is a partner in our San Diego office. Brendan specializes in corporate partnering, strategic alliances, technology protection, and licensing and commercialization of intellectual property and technology assets. His experience in this capacity includes drafting and negotiating licensing agreements, development agreements, collaboration agreements, technology transfer agreements, supply agreements, and manufacturing and distribution agreements. In addition to representing company clients, Brendan also represents a number of prominent venture capital funds and institutional investors in their financing activities.

Brendan has represented clients in negotiating strategic alliances and/or licensing and commercial arrangements in many industries with, among others, companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Archer-Daniels-Midland, Astellas, AT&T, Bard Medical, Becton Dickinson, BP, Cisco, ExxonMobil, General Electric, General Mills, Gilead Sciences, Johnson & Johnson, LG Corporation, Monsanto, Novartis, Regeneron, Samsung, and Takeda. Brendan has also negotiated licensing, pre-clinical, and clinical arrangements with many major research institutions.

Prior to joining Gunderson Dettmer, Brendan was an attorney in the Palo Alto office of Cooley LLP.

Brendan holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School as well as a B.S., with honors, in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Brendan is a member of the State Bar of California.


  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., Computer Engineering
    • with Honors