Philip P. Crowley

“I am passionate about working with mid-sized and emerging technology companies who are focused on creating products and services that save lives, reduce suffering and increase quality of life.”


Founder & Managing Partner

Philip P. Crowley Esq. is the founder and Managing Partner at Crowley Law LLC, a boutique corporate law firm focused on helping emerging tech and life sciences startups launch and reach their full potential. Phil guides clients in forming and structuring new business entities including mergers and acquisitions. As a trusted advisor, he guides entrepreneurs in strategic business initiatives including contract review and negotiation, licensing, IP planning and protection, and founders and key employee arrangements. Phil’s main objectives are to help startup businesses proactively avoid costly mistakes while laying a solid foundation for business growth and success. In addition to providing an analysis of and planning strategy for protection against liabilities, Phil provides ongoing proactive counseling services for clients without in-house counsel.

Prior to launching the firm, Phil served as a Corporate Counsel for Johnson & Johnson. In this role, Phil was a valuable partner for Johnson & Johnson’s diversified businesses and provided strategic legal guidance in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, finance & commercial law, FDA regulations and environmental compliance.

Phil is a Trustee of Stevens Institute of Technology, a member of the Advisory Board of the Stevens Venture Center, and Mentor to the Florida Atlantic University TechLaunch program. Phil leverages his connectivity to these organizations to help tech innovators seize opportunities. As a current Mentor to life sciences incubators at Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center & Rockefeller University in NYC, Phil is uniquely qualified to help emerging life sciences companies at every stage in their life cycles.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • New Jersey


  • Columbia Law School, J.D.
    • Editor-in-Chief, Columbia Journal of Transactional Law
  • Harvard University, MS, Experimental Physics
    • National Science Foundation Traineeship
  • Stevens Institute of Technology, BS, Physics, with High Honor & Valedictorian
    • Tau Beta Pi (engineering honor society)
    • Sigma Xi (scientific research honor society)

Professional and Trade Affiliations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association,
    • Chairman, Venture Capital, Angel Investor and Emerging Growth Technology Company Committee, 2019 – present
    • Solo & Small Law Firm Section
    • Business Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Member, Business Law Section
  • New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, Board of Directors, 2001 – 2014
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Board of Directors, Washington, D.C. 2007 – 2013
  • Brightflag (Ireland), Member Board of Directors, a SaaS company using Artificial Intelligence to help corporate law departments analyze, control and reduce outside counsel costs, 2015 – 2019
  • NJ Institute of Technology Enterprise Development Center, Executive in Residence, 2015 – 2018
  • Stevens Venture Center, Advisory Board, 2017 – Present
  • Stevens Institute of Technology, Board of Trustees, 1993 – Present
    • Member and Former Chairman, Research Enterprise & Technology Commercialization Committee
    • Former Member and Former Chairman, Audit Committee
    • Chairman, Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee
  • Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center & Rockefeller University, Bench to Bedside Initiative and Weill Cornell Bioventure eLab Life Sciences Incubator, Mentor, 2016 – Present
  • Primary Legal Liaison to Boards of Significant Subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), 1982 – 2005
  • Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Washington, D.C., 1987 – 1993
    • Chair, Law Committee

Prior Work Experience

  • Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
    • Assistant General Counsel, 1995 – 2015
    • Director, Johnson & Johnson Law Department Online Compliance Training Portal, 2005 – 2015
    • General Attorney, 1982 – 1995
  • Regulatory Counsel for Environmental Law Matters – 2008 – 2015
  • Founder & Co-Chairman, Pharmaceutical Product Stewardship Working Group – a group of 200 pharmaceutical companies creating industry-wide responses to government initiatives on disposal of unwanted and unused prescription drugs
  • Associate, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, New York, NY, 1978 – 1982
  • Associate, White & Case, New York, NY, 1976 – 1978
  • Senior Scientist, Corning Inc., Corning, NY 1972 – 1973

Honors & Awards

  • “Man of the Year” Hope Through Education – A Fund for Better Futures, 2022
  • Stevens Outstanding Contributor Award, 2019
  • Listed in Super Lawyers®, Business Law, 2019-2022
  • Stevens Alumni Award, 2002
  • Certificate of Appreciation, FDA, Joint FDA-Industry Workshop on Software as a Medical Device, 1997

Awards Disclaimer


  • “Tips and Insights: Law Department Management, Association of Corporate Counsel Docket”, 2007
  • “Online Compliance Training:  A Primer”, Association of Corporate Counsel Docket, 2004
  • “Simulated Motion of Flux Tubes”, Cryogenics Vol. 12, No. 2, 1972

Community Involvement

  • Stevens Institute of Technology Board of Trustees, 1993 – Present
    • Chairman, Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee
  • Pro Bono Partnership in New Jersey, 1998 – 2014
  • Hope Through Education – A Fund for Better Futures Inc., an organization focused on providing scholarships on a non-sectarian basis to children in K through 12 seeking better schools, Founding Board Member and Secretary, 2018 – 2019
  • Stevens Alumni Association
    • Board of Trustees, 2018 – Present
    • Chair, Audit Committee, 2018 – Present
    • Board of Trustees and President, 1992 – 1994
  • Mendham Township, New Jersey Zoning Board of Adjustment, 2018

Contact Our Firm

Recent Blog Posts


Joanna Stanicka

“Phil has been of tremendous legal help to the progress of our early-stage biotech start-up. He is very experienced and conducts his work in a time and cost efficient manner.