Philip Patrick Crowley

Philip Patrick Crowley

Morristown, New Jersey
Philip P. Crowley
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Experienced proactive business lawyer passionate about helping growing life sciences and other technology firms avoid expensive legal mistakes as they make ideas happen.

Helping business executives select and form the appropriate legal entity to meet their business needs and assist in organizing the venture's legal relationships for optimal benefit.

Assisting in drafting and negotiating contracts required to seize opportunities while controlling risks.

Assisting in strategic business planning: identification and review of assumptions, mitigation of business and legal risk, identifying opportunities and regulatory hurdles and acting as the external "general counsel" to oversee cost-effective use of legal resources.

Helping executives identify risks and plan mitigation strategies.

Assisting in the creation and implementation of strategies and tactics to identify and protect intellectual property.

Identifying members of my network of skilled consultants and specialty counsel to deal cost-effectively with ongoing issues as needed.

As part of my practice at Johnson & Johnson, I helped to close over Two Billion Dollars' in value of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, collaboration agreements, licensing transactions, venture capital investments and other significant agreements.  I was able to work with, and learn from, C-Suite executives who drove many successful businesses.  During my practice with Cravath Swaine & Moore and White & Case, I participated in multi-million dollar securities offerings, bank financings, acquisitions and corporate governance matters.

Areas of Practice

  • 55% Business & Contract Law
  • 25% Securities Financing
  • 10% Entity Formation and Governance
  • 10% Proactive Counseling

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1977
  • New Jersey, 1993


  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1976
    • Law Review: Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Editor in Chief, 1975 - 1976
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • M.S. - 1972
    • Major: Applied Physics
  • Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey
    • B.S. - 1971
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Honors: Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society), President
    • Honors: Society of the Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Honor Society)
    • Honors: Sigma Nu Fraternity, Vice President
    • Major: Physics(Thesis: Behavior of Magnetic Flux Tubes in Thin-Film Superconductors)

Representative Clients

  • BioAxone Biosciences LLC, Cambridge, MA
  • Avatar Biotechnologies LLC, Brooklyn, NY
  • Visikol, Inc., North Brunswick, NJ
  • HS Design, Inc., Gladstone, NJ
  • Brightflag, Inc., New York, NY and Dublin, Ireland


  • Legal Issues for Life Sciences Startups, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2017 - Present
  • Legal Issues for Life Sciences Startups, Columbia University, 2017 - Present
  • Legal Issues for Life Sciences Startups, NJ Institute of Technology, 2016 - Present
  • Legal Issues for Technology Startups, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2018 - Present
  • Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Law Practice, Association of Corporate Counsel - NJ, 2015 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Stevens Institute of Technology Honor Award, 2001 - Present
  • Alumni Achievement Award - Stevens Institute of Technology, 1982 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, member, 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association, member, 1977 - Present
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Director, 2006 - 2013
  • Association of Corporate Counsel - NJ, Director, 2001 - 2014

Past Employment Positions

  • Johnson & Johnson, Assistant General Counsel, 1982 - 2015
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Associate Attorney, 1978 - 1982
  • White & Case, Associate Attorney , 1976 - 1978
  • Corning Glass Works, Senior Research Scientist, Electronic Product Development–scientific and engineering development of discrete electronic components , 1972 - 1973

Pro Bono Activities

  • Stevens Institute of Technology, Trustee 1993 to date – Trustee of technology university in Hoboken, NJ, involvement included among other matters oversight of programs for the research enterprise and technology commercialization, 1993 - Present
  • Pro Bono Partnership – non-profit focused on connecting volunteer corporate counsel and law firm lawyers with non-profits that have law-based projects on which they need help
  • Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator – mentor to startups at one of NYC’s premier technology accelerators – 2015 to date, 2015 - Present
  • Bench to Bedside Initiative – mentor to life sciences incubator collaboration among Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University in NYC – 2016 to date, 2016 - Present
  • NJ Institute of Technology, Enterprise Development Center, Newark, NJ – 2015 to date - Executive in Residence to provide guidance and advice to technology startups, 2015 - Present
  • Hope Through Education – A Fund for Better Futures – 2017 to date – director and counsel to non-profit corporation focused on improved educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in grades K – 12, 2017 - Present

Ancillary Businesses

  • Brightflag – Director – Irish information technology company that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to deliver software-as-a-service to corporate counsel for vetting and analysis of outside counsel bills
  • Angel Investor – Member of NJ Institute of Technology Highlanders Angel Network


  • English (Primary)


  • Sigma Nu