Barry Burgdorf

Barry Burgdorf


Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 713 632 1415

Fax +1 713 632 1401

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Barry Burgdorf helps public and private companies, emerging companies, and venture capital, private equity, universities, and higher education clients, with a variety of complex mergers, acquisitions, financings, IP, and other corporate transactions in the life sciences and education sectors, with particular focus on technology, software, IT, AI, commercialization, research, and development.

He has served as general counsel, outside counsel, and as part of the corporate suite at a life sciences company and at a biotech venture capital company, providing him with a holistic view and an inside track on business-critical needs. Barry also regularly advises clients in the higher education space, representing both universities and corporations.

Following his time as a business litigator, Barry was a corporate securities and M&A partner at another global law firm. Barry also previously served as Vice Chancellor and General Counsel of the University of Texas System, where, for over eight years, he served as a key member of the leadership team and oversaw legal, real estate, cybersecurity, IT, and technology transfer matters. As Vice Chancellor and GC of UT System, Barry negotiated with several U.S. government agencies, including The Department of Education, The Department of Energy, The Department of Homeland Security, and The National Institutes of Health, among others. He was also the first General Counsel of Samsung Austin Semiconductor, where he worked on construction of Samsung's DRAM fabrication plant and several large equity and equipment financings.

Education and admissions


J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, with honors, 1990

M.B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1986

B.B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1985

Bar admissions and qualifications


Representative experience

Lead lawyer for multiple VC financings and part of team for going-public reverse-merger and similar exit transactions.*

Lead transactional counsel for US$75m fund targeted at clinical oncology companies.*

Lead counsel for US$100m+ life sciences venture fund.*

Represents multiple private life science companies and university spin-outs as corporate counsel and in complex licensing transactions.*

Represents several major universities and colleges on technology transfer sponsored research agreements, commercialization, crisis management, gift and donor matters and public-private partnerships.*

Represents faculty members on research and technology commercialization matters and technology startups.*

Successfully opposed the federal government's plan to construct a border fence on the UT Brownsville campus.*

Advised on the implementation of a US$34m multifaceted IT security improvement program.*

Led the successful response to a comprehensive multiyear IRS audit of significant operational and tax issues with a result of no taxes due or negative findings.*

Advised on numerous technology transfer, licensing, and startup transactions, and on the creation and establishment of US$50m Horizon Fund.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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