Our Blog Authors
The authors of A&L Goodbody’s Ireland IP & Technology Law Blog are law professionals in A&L Goodbody, Ireland’s leading international law firm. We have included below some summary details on each of the contributing authors. You can learn more about the firm by visiting our website or by getting in touch with us directly via email.
Name: John Whelan
John heads up the Commercial & Technology Group at A&L Goodbody.
His practice spans commercial and contentious IP/IT and he has managed both domestic and pan-European IP litigation for leading international clients. He has co-ordinated the IP/IT aspects of some of the largest global corporate mergers, major IP projects and IT outsourcing transactions. Before returning to Ireland in 2003 he worked for an international law firm in London and Hong Kong.
Dr. John Cahir
Name: Dr.John Cahir
John is a Partner in the Commercial & Technology Group. His practice covers both contentious and non-contentious aspects of intellectual property, information technology, data protection and pharmaceutical regulation.
John has extensive experience in advising domestic and international clients on the creation, commercialisation and enforcement of intellectual property rights both in Ireland and the European Union. John sits on the committee of the Irish Copyright Association and the Irish branch of AIPPI and is a part-time lecturer in intellectual property law on University College Dublin’s LLM programme.
Name: Andrea Lawler
Andrea is a Partner in the Commercial & Technology Group at A&L Goodbody.
Having graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Limerick, Andrea went on to obtain a Masters in Commercial Law from University College Dublin with a particular focus on IP/IT law. She also holds a diploma in Commercial Litigation from the Law Society of Ireland.
Andrea has experience in a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious IP/IT matters, regularly advising in relation to the drafting and negotiation of technology transfer and licensing arrangements, research and development agreements, outsourcing contracts, managed service arrangements, software and IT agreements including system integration, software licensing and development agreements and other commercial arrangements. Andrea also regularly advises on data protection matters and general privacy issues.
Name: Andrew Sheridan
Andrew is a partner in A&L Goodbody’s Commercial & Technology Group. His practice covers the contentious and non‑contentious aspects of intellectual property and data, as well as commercial agreements and technology law. He regularly advises on IP and data-driven transactions, as well as all legal issues relating to data regulation, including in the context of data privacy crises and investigations, deals and new data uses. Before joining A&L Goodbody, Andrew worked for a global law firm based in London.
Name: Paula Reid
Paula is a Partner and heads up the firm’s knowledge function. She has written and spoken on the topic of knowledge management in law firms. She is the co-author with Michael Ashe QC of ” Money Laundering: Risks, Liabilities and Compliance” (FirstLaw 2007). She has advised extensively on the topic of money laundering compliance and related issues. In addition, she has spoken on the topics of company law and corporate governance. Paula is a barrister by background and has a postgraduate degree (LLM) in commercial law.
Name: Mark Fry
Mark is an Associate in the Commercial & Technology Group at A&L Goodbody. Mark holds a Bachelor of Civil Law (International) degree from University College Dublin and practices in both contentious and commercial IP / Technology matters for a broad range of domestic and international clients.
His contentious experience includes acting in a number of high profile cases before the High Court and Commercial Court. Mark’s commercial experience includes advising clients on IP/ IT aspects of their business and in general commercial transactions, including outsourcing, licence, distribution and service agreements including technology development, supply and exploitation, managed and shared services.
Name: Davinia Brennan
Davinia is an Associate and a Knowledge Lawyer to the Commercial & Technology Group. She has a First Class Honours degree in Law and Government (LLB Hons) from University of Ulster. She also has a diploma in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law.
Davinia specialises in data protection law, and has extensive experience in advising both domestic and international clients. She has published widely on data protection and IP/IT law. She is on the editorial board of Data Protection Ireland, as well as being a frequent contributor. She also contributes to DataGuidance, an international data protection compliance resource tool.
Name: Alison Quinn
Alison is an Associate in the Commercial & Technology Group at A&L Goodbody.
Alison is a solicitor in our group with a BComm degree from UCD and an MBS in International Business from Smurfit Business School. Alison has experience in a wide range of IP and technology matters and advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters including in the area of contracts,trademarks, patents, copyright and data protection. Alison’s recent contentious experience includes assisting with a multi-jurisdictionalpatent case which came before the Commercial Court, and is currently involved in a number of other IP cases currently before the courts.
Name: Deirdre Fallon
Deirdre is an Associate within the Commercial & Technology Group at A&L Goodbody.
Deirdre is an Associate in our group and has a business and law degree (BBLS) from University College Dublin. Deirdre advises clients on contentious and non-contentious matters across a broad spectrum of areas, including copyright, trademarks, patents, advertising, data protection and commercial contracts.
Deirdre’s contentious experience includes a recent patent case before the Commercial Court and a high profile copyright case before the High Court. Her non-contentious experience includes advising clients on advertising campaigns and promotions, data protection issues and commercial contracts.
Sinéad Mitchell King
Name: Sinéad Mitchell King
Sinéad is an Associate in the Commercial & Technology Group at A&L Goodbody.
Sinéad holds a Bachelor of Civil Law Degree and a Commercial Law Masters from UCD. Sinéad has experience in a wide range of IP and technology matters and advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters including in the area of trade marks, patents, copyright, data protection and commercial contracts. Sinéad’s recent contentious experience includes assisting on the Irish stream of the defence High Court proceedings in a multi-jurisdictional pharma patent dispute.
Name: Deirdre Roddy
Deirdre is an Associate within the Commercial & Technology Group at A&L Goodbody where she practices in both contentious and non-contentious IP and technology matters. Deirdre has experience advising clients on a wide range of areas including technology transactions, commercial contracts, trade marks, patents and copyright law along with various media and advertising related issues. Deirdre also regularly advises on data protection and privacy matters for a broad range of clients.
Deirdre holds a Bachelor of Civil Law Degree from UCD and a certificate in Commercial Contracts from the Law Society of Ireland.
Name: Rebecca Townsend
Rebecca is a Solicitor in the Commercial & Technology Group at A&L Goodbody. Rebecca holds a First Class Honours Degree in Law & Society (BCL) and was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal from Dublin City University. Rebecca practices in contentious, regulatory and non-contentious aspects of Irish and European technology law. She has assisted with advising many of the leading multinational IT companies established in Ireland on privacy law, data protection issues and law enforcement matters.
Name: James McCarthy
James is a Solicitor in the Commercial & Technology Group at A&L Goodbody where he practices in both contentious and non-contentious IP and technology matters. Since joining the team James has assisted on technology transactions, commercial contracts, trade mark disputes and data protection issues.
James holds an honours (BCL) International degree from University College Cork and, as part of his degree, James spent a year at the Beasley School of Law, Temple University in Philadelphia. He is also a Registered Trade Mark Agent.
Name: Jessica Morris
Jessica is a Solicitor in the Commercial & Technology Group at A&L Goodbody. Jessica holds an honours law degree (LLB) from the University of Northumbria, where she received a prize for her work in her Commercial Contracts elective and worked on various commercial matters in the Small Business Team in the university’s Student Law Office.
Jessica trained in-house at Transport for London where she qualified into the Commercial Team and assisted with contentious and non-contentious commercial and IP matters. Prior to joining A&L Goodbody, Jessica worked in private practice on several corporate and commercial transactions, involving drafting and negotiating a broad range of commercial contracts including software as a service agreement, software licensing and development agreements. She was also involved in advising on the technology, IP and data protection aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Jessica also regularly advises on general privacy and data protection matters.
Name: Charlotte Turk
Charlotte is a Solicitor in the Commercial & Technology Group at A&L Goodbody. Charlotte graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Business Management and a Masters in Law from Queen’s University Belfast. She also holds a diploma in Media Law.
Charlotte regularly advises clients on a range of data protection, privacy, copyright and trade mark matters. She also advises clients on third party and user generated content issues. Charlotte has experience in acting for multinational companies in media, technology and IP related litigation, including disputes involving internet intermediary liability.
Name: Alice Chaplin
Alice is a solicitor in the Commercial & Technology Group at A&L Goodbody. Alice holds an honours degree in Spanish from the University of Edinburgh and subsequently completed the law conversion course and the legal practice course (with distinction) at the University of Law in York, England.
Alice trained at an international law firm in Leeds prior to joining a specialist intellectual property firm, on qualification. She has been involved in a wide range of IP matters, both contentious and non-contentious, including advising on the registrability of potential trade marks, drafting IP assignment agreements, initiating proceedings for patent infringement and representing an international fashion house in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in a case against them for trade mark and design right infringement.
Name: Grace Moore
Grace is a solicitor in the Commercial & Technology Group at A&L Goodbody. Grace graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Law from Trinity College Dublin, where as part of her degree, she spent a year studying international law at the University of Groningen, NL.
Grace has experience advising domestic and international clients on a variety of issues including regulatory, data protection, data privacy and intellectual property. She has worked on both contentious and non-contentious matters and has assisted with a number of corporate transactions and commercial contract negotiations.