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Kandace Watson is a Partner at Sheppard Mullin. Ms. Watson represents private and public companies in the areas of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, patent and technology licenses and general business. She has extensive experience representing companies, corporate boards and executives in intellectual property (IP) intensive industries, including, biomedical, biotechnology, chemical, healthcare, pharmaceutical, social media, software and technology.

Her expertise includes board governance and director and officer duties, complex commercial transactions, consortium agreements, corporate spin-offs and reorganizations, IP licenses, CRADAs and other cooperative research, development and commercialization agreements, material transfer agreements (MTAs), joint ventures, public and private offerings, securities compliance, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions, and supply, manufacturing and distribution agreements.

Ms. Watson has frequently handled matters involving non-practicing entities ("NPEs" or "Patent Trolls") for a number of her clients. She regularly drafts and negotiates patent purchase and license agreements and develops defense strategies for companies, often when NPEs are involved on a point of consideration.

Corporate boards and management teams seek Ms. Watson's legal and strategic advice to structure, negotiate and close complex transactions, comply with related SEC and other federal and state regulations, and expand operations globally. She also advises corporate boards and management teams regarding corporate governance and compliance, strategic planning, and ongoing operations. Structuring joint ventures between majority and minority-owned business enterprises is among her specialties.

Ms. Watson was recommended in 2016 by Legal 500 US for Mergers & Acquisitions and Buyouts. She was named San Diego’s “Top Attorneys 2015” in the Corporate Transactional practice category presented by The Transcript. In 2014, Ms. Watson was profiled by the San Diego Business Journal and was recognized as a nominee for "Power of Attorneys 2012 – San Diego's Top Corporate Counsel." In 2008, she was a recipient of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award. Ms. Watson was recognized as one of the “Forty under 40” in 2006 by the Phoenix Business Journal and in 2004, she was profiled by American Business Gazette. Ms. Watson also regularly presents and writes on corporate issues to industry, trade and legal organizations.


Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
12275 El Camino Real
Suite 200
San Diego, CA, US 92130
(858) 356-7460

Fellow Year


Areas of Practice

Corporate Governance
Entertainment & Media
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Mergers & Acquisitions


Healthcare, Life Sciences, Retail, Food & Beverage, Hospitality, Technology

Law School

The University of Texas School of Law

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