Partner, Gunderson Dettmer
Tim Ehrlich is a partner in the Boston office of Gunderson Dettmer where he focuses primarily on the representation of start-up, emerging growth and public life science companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics and healthcare IT industries. His practice spans the entire corporate lifecycle, from formation through liquidity and he regularly serves as principal outside or general counsel to his clients. Tim is broadly experienced in business formation and entity selection, deal structuring, equity and debt financing transactions, general corporate and governance matters, as well as M&A events and public offerings. In addition to his company client counsel, Tim represents a number of prominent venture capital funds and institutional investors in their financing activities.
Tim also has particular expertise in structuring and negotiating strategic alliances, including “bet-the-company” intellectual property collaborations, and joint ventures and providing strategic counseling and advice regarding intellectual property protection and commercialization.
Tim has spoken in a number of forums and authored articles on intellectual property matters and related business strategies that affect strategic alliances. He is also a co-author of the treatise “Corporate Partnering, Structuring and Negotiating Domestic and International Strategic Alliance” (Aspen Publishers). He has participated as a presenter and moderator at numerous conferences and has taught classes on both the East and West Coasts relating to entrepreneurship, venture capital and intellectual property matters, including at Berkeley, Boston University, Harvard, Princeton and Stanford.
Prior to joining the firm Tim worked for Latham and Watkins LLP where he had a very similar type of practice. He was also previously a corporate counsel for Cisco Systems where he was responsible for negotiating, drafting and closing numerous large, strategic sales and licensing transactions for the company and for representing it in all matters related to US and foreign wiretapping laws. Prior to joining Cisco, Tim served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson of the United States District Court in Washington, D.C. where he was primarily responsible for the case of US v. Microsoft.
Tim currently serves as an advisor to the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Program at Harvard Law School and the Harvard University iLab. He is a member of the State Bars of California and Massachusetts.
Tim received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. He received an A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, selected as a national finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship and was a four year member of the national championship varsity squash team.
Since the inaugural edition of LMG Life Sciences in 2012, Tim has been selected as a “Life Sciences Star” for his outstanding transactional work in the life sciences industry.