Our blog authors

The authors of the Ireland IP & Technology Law Blog are law professionals in A&L Goodbody LLP, a market 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.

John Whelan

Name: John Whelan 
Title: 
Partner
Email: 
jwhelan@algoodbody.com

John heads up the Commercial & Technology Group at ALG.

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 
Title: 
Partner
Email: 
jcahir@algoodbody.com

John is a partner in ALG’s 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.

Andrea Lawler

Name: Andrea Lawler
Title: Partner
Email: alawler@algoodbody.com

Andrea is a partner in A&L Goodbody’s Commercial & Technology group specialising in technology regulation, IT and data protection law.

She has extensive experience advising some of the world’s largest technology companies on a range of data protection, privacy, law enforcement, regulatory and intellectual property matters.
Andrea also has a wealth of experience in advising clients on a broad range of technology outsourcing and IP focused litigation and commercial transactions including technology development, procurement and licensing deals.

Andrew Sheridan

Name: Andrew Sheridan
Title: Partner
Email: asheridan@algoodbody.com

Andrew is a partner in ALG’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.

Chris Bollard

Name: Chris Bollard
Title: Partner
Email: cbollard@algoodbody.com

Chris is a partner in A&L Goodbody’s market-leading Commercial & Technology Group. He is an expert in privacy, data protection, information technology and e-commerce law. His clients include some of the largest technology companies in the world.

Chris advises on all aspects of compliance with data protection law; including the ePrivacy regime, data breach response, international transfers and technical product counselling. He frequently counsels clients on the regulatory implications of new and emerging technologies and products. He also has extensive experience advising on the evolving regulatory obligations for online businesses. This includes advising on intermediary liability (and the eCommerce regime generally), online consumer protection law, geo-blocking rules and content moderation rules.

Chris also advises on the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property including software licences, software development agreements, intellectual property assignments and intellectual property transfers.

Paula Reid

Name: Paula Reid
Title: Partner
Email: 
preid@algoodbody.com

Paula is a partner and heads up ALG’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.

Alison Quinn

Name: Alison Quinn
Title: Senior Associate
Email: aquinn@algoodbody.com

Alison is a Senior Associate in the Commercial & Technology Group at ALG. Alison has a BComm degree from UCD and an MBS in International Business from Smurfit Business School. Alison advises clients on commercial and contentious matters across a wide range of IP, commercial, technology and patent related matters. Alison’s contentious experience includes high profile IP disputes in the Commercial Court, multi-jurisdictional patent cases, data breach claims and cases before the European General Court. Her non-contentious experience includes advising clients on data protection issues and commercial contracts.

Deirdre Fallon

Name: Deirdre Fallon
Title: Senior Associate
Email: dfallon@algoodbody.com

Deirdre is an senior associate within the Commercial & Technology Group at ALG. Deirdre has a business and law degree (BBLS) from University College Dublin. She 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
Title: Associate
Email: smitchell@algoodbody.com

Sinéad is an associate in the Commercial & Technology Group at ALG.

Sinéad holds a Bachelor of Civil Law Degree and a Commercial Law Masters from UCD. She 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.

Emma Creaven

Name: Emma Creaven
Title: Associate
Email: ecreaven@algoodbody.com

Emma is an associate in the Commercial & Technology Group at ALG and holds a First Class Honours Degree in Corporate Law from NUI Galway, together with a First Class Honours LL.B Degree from NUI Galway.

Emma has experience in advising domestic and international clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters in the areas of commercial contracts, data protection, intellectual property, technology and consumer law.

Prior to joining ALG, Emma trained and practiced with the Commercial team of one of Ireland’s leading law firms and also worked in the Corporate and Commercial team of another leading law firm. Emma has tutored contract, tort and property law to undergraduate law students and also holds a Certificate in Commercial Contracts and a Certificate in Technology Law from the Law Society of Ireland.

Grace Moore

Name: Grace Moore
Title: Solicitor
Email: gmoore@algoodbody.com

Grace is a solicitor in the Commercial & Technology Group at ALG. 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.

Sam Morrow

Name: Sam Morrow
Title: Solicitor
Email: smorrow@algoodbody.com

Sam is a solicitor in the Commercial and Technology Group at ALG. Sam practices in contentious and non-contentious aspects of Irish and European technology and intellectual property law. Since joining the team, he has assisted in advising domestic and international clients on a range of privacy, data protection and law enforcement matters.

Sam holds an honours degree in Law and French from Trinity College, Dublin, where as part of his degree, he spent a year studying French law at the University of Bordeaux. Sam also holds a certificate in technology law from the Law Society of Ireland.

Emma Cooney

Name: Emma Cooney
Title: Solicitor
Email: ecooney@algoodbody.com

Emma is a solicitor in ALG’s Commercial & Technology Group where she practices in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Emma holds an honours degree in Business and Law (BBL) from University College Dublin and, as part of her degree, spent a semester in University of Queensland in Australia. She also holds a certificate in Technology Law.

Since joining the team Emma has assisted on advising domestic and international clients in relation to data protection, privacy, intellectual property and commercial contracts.

Sarah Douglas

Name: Sarah Douglas
Title: Solicitor
Email: sdouglas@algoodbody.com

Sarah is a solicitor and registered trade mark agent in ALG’s Commercial & Technology Group. Sarah holds an honours degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry with Chemistry from Maynooth, a masters in Legal Science from Maynooth and a Postgraduate Certificate in IP from Bournemouth University. She also holds a certificate in Technology Law from the Law Society of Ireland and a Certificate in the Specialised Course on the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks from WIPO.

Sarah’s previous experience includes working as a Patent Analyst for a US patent monetisation firm, and as a Patent Scientist for a leading global provider of IP portfolio management services.

Sarah practices in both contentious and non-contentious aspects of IP and technology law. Since joining the team, she has assisted in advising domestic and international clients on IP disputes. She is currently involved in a number of IP cases before the High Court and Commercial Court.

Caitríona Lavelle

Name: Caitríona Lavelle
Title: Solicitor
Email: clavelle@algoodbody.com

Caitríona is a solicitor in ALG’s Commercial & Technology Group where she practices in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Caitríona holds an honours degree in Law (LL.B.) from Trinity College Dublin. She also holds certificates in Technology Law, Sports Law and Commercial Contracts from the Law Society of Ireland.

Since joining the team Caitríona has assisted with advising domestic and international clients (including some of the world’s largest technology companies) in relation to data protection, privacy, intellectual property and commercial contracts. Caitríona trained at another leading Irish law firm before joining ALG and also completed a secondment with the Data Protection team of a leading, multinational technology company.

Claire Bulman

Name: Claire Bulman
Title: Solicitor
Email: cbulman@algoodbody.com 

Claire is a solicitor in the Commercial & Technology Group at ALG. Claire graduated with a degree in Law & French from Trinity College Dublin, where as part of her degree, she spent a year studying at Sciences Po, Paris. Claire trained at another large Irish law firm before joining ALG.

Claire practises in both contentious and non-contentious matters and she has experience advising domestic and international clients on a wide range of issues including data protection, intellectual property, regulatory and content regulation. She has also assisted in advising on commercial contracts and corporate transaction.

Karina Khusainova

Name: Karina Khusainova
Title: Senior legal advisor
Email: kkhusainova@algoodbody.com

Karina is a foreign qualified lawyer (Ukraine) in the Commercial & Technology Group at ALG. Karina holds an honours degree in International Law from Kharkiv Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University and Diploma in English Law & Legal Skills from British Law Centre. She is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E).

Karina worked in a large Ukrainian IT company before joining ALG.  Since joining the team, she has assisted in advising domestic and international clients in relation to data protection, privacy and law enforcement matters.