Ali Gallagher

500 W 2nd St, Suite 1900 Austin, TX 78701

Ali Gallagher focuses her law practice on advising clients in both corporate and regulatory matters. Ali’s background as a serial entrepreneur includes holding C-Suite positions in both publicly traded and private companies, primarily in the areas of medical device commercialization. She has extensive experience in manufacturing, product labeling and post-market compliance for both consumer goods and Class 1 and Class 2 medical devices and holds several patents globally as an inventor.

More recently, Ali has been actively involved in advising global companies on Emergency Use Authorization for the manufacturing, regulatory process and importation of personal protection equipment related to Covid-19 pandemic. Her clients include global manufacturers across three continents as well as importers, re-labelers and distributors. After taking her first company public, Ms. Gallagher was appointed to and served a term of four years as industry representative to the FDA’s orthopedic medical device panel. She has testified before several US Congressional committees and subcommittees including Oversight and Investigations on matters pertaining to small business and FDA regulatory oversight.

Prior to joining Ward and Berry, Ali worked for one of the oldest law firms in Texas handling corporate matters for an array of life sciences and technology clients. She focused heavily on advising start-up companies, including drafting all corporate documents, debt and SAFE notes, term sheets and negotiating licensing agreements involving the commercialization of myriad technologies and products from major universities.

Ali is licensed to practice law in Texas, the Western District of Texas and the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Before graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Ali was a nurse practitioner in emergency medicine. After law school, she completed a post doc Congressional Healthcare Fellowship working for a ranking member of the US House of Representatives.

Ali lives in Austin, TX, has three grown sons and when they are not cooking, traveling or skiing together, she enjoys painting and writing comedy. In her mind she jogs three miles a day at a ten minute mile pace. She is on the advisory board of World Learning and a Board member of UT’s Professional Development Center Paralegal Certificate Program.

Representative Matters:

  • Representing a global company in obtaining a tariff ruling based on a patented new textile product
  • Advising several global companies on FDA compliance issues, product labeling and importation of consumer goods into the US
  • Representing several healthcare providers before their respective licensing boards
  • Negotiating licensing agreements involving the commercialization of myriad technologies and products from major universities
  • Representing a client on a breach of contract matter against a production studio
  • Advising company on Series A funding and growth of the business
  • Advising an AR/VR company on IP matters and funding
  • Corporate restructuring of company to take advantage of tax issues and expansion of corporate board
  • Handling the dissolution and winding down of a consumer products company
  • Represented physicians and medical practices regarding medical licensure issues and US Customs and Border Protection regulations for the importation of drugs.
  • Represented seller in multimillion dollar asset sale agreement of patented technology
  • Represented start-up companies in formation, protection of intellectual property and regulatory requirements in the area of pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  • Advised clients on employment and executive compensation issues
  • Teaching a course for paralegals on Torts and Ethics sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin