Brian Swanson is Chair of the firm’s Technology Transactions Practice Group and a Partner in the Life Sciences Practice Group. Brian has more than 20 years of experience counseling clients, both as in-house counsel and in private practice, and has extensive knowledge of the industries in which his clients operate, in particular the healthcare and technology industries. He uses the combination of that experience and knowledge to provide efficient and tailored solutions that meet both the needs of his clients and the requirements of the environments in which they operate.

Brian advises clients on transactions engaged in by the full range of business functions within a company, including research and development, manufacturing, purchasing and supply, sales and distribution, and strategic alliances and other business and corporate development. Brian also has significant experience representing medical device and other vendors to the healthcare industry on transactions and issues specific to such clients, such as sponsored research agreements, University licensing, GPO agreements, business associate agreements and HIPAA and anti-kickback compliance.

Prior to joining VLP, Brian founded his own successful private practice, which experience provided him with valuable insights into the issues faced by his start-up clients. Prior to that, Brian served as Vice President, Legal Affairs for Neoforma, where he oversaw all legal matters, and as Senior Corporate Counsel for Varian Medical Systems, Inc., where he managed a wide range of legal matters, focusing on technology and commercial transactions and acquisitions and corporate partnering transactions. Brian spent the first 5 years of his legal career at Shearman & Sterling, a leading international law firm.


  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1994, Law Review and Order of the Coif
  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 1988
  • Active-Semi International, Inc.
  • Business Licenses, LLC
  • DeepDyve, Inc.
  • Ebates Inc.
  • Project YX, LLC
  • Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    • Software in the Cloud, VLP Webinar with Melody Torbati, 2014