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Celeste Kelliher
Phone: 919.838.2004
Fax: 919.821.6800

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina


University of North Carolina, J.D., with high honors, 2012

  • Order of the Coif

Wofford College, B.A., 2007

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Mary Pat K. Sullivan

  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6692
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

Mary Pat Sullivan joined Smith Anderson in September 2012. Her practice focuses on life sciences, technology contracting and licensing, and information privacy and security.

Mary Pat regularly advises life sciences and technology clients, including in connection with patent and technology licensing, research and development collaborations, supply and distribution arrangements, and other strategic transactions. Mary Pat also advises clients on information privacy matters, including compliance with federal and state data privacy laws and data breach responses.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, New Leaf Behavioral Health

Honors & Awards

  • Elected, Order of the CoifUniversity of North Carolina
  • Staff Member, North Carolina Law Review, 2010-2011


  • Represented a venture capital-funded genome editing company in a worldwide partnership, worth up to $1.6 billion, including an upfront payment of $105 million, with a global, publicly-traded pharmaceutical company to develop and commercialize allogeneic chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapies for multiple cancers.
  • Represented multiple pharmaceutical companies in negotiating clinical and commercial supply agreements.
  • Represented a biotechnology company focused on discovery of complex traits for improving intrinsic yield in multiple research collaborations and commercial partnerships with agricultural biotechnology companies.
  • Represented multiple pharmaceutical companies in multiple out-licenses of pharmaceutical products for therapeutic areas ranging from oncology to CNS.
  • Represented a global specialty pharmaceutical company in negotiation of a distribution agreement.
  • Represented a venture capital-funded biotechnology company in negotiation of a development and clinical supply agreement for a nanotechnology-derived pharmaceutical product.
  • Represented a biotechnology company in the negotiation of a production and supply agreement for its lead product, a shelf-stable bioengineered blood vessel for use in dialysis patients.
  • Prepared online privacy statements and terms of use for websites, mobile applications, and social networks.
  • Advised clients on privacy and data security matters involving HIPAA, the HITECH Act, COPPA, Section 5 of the FTC Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, FERPA, and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act.
  • Drafted HIPAA privacy and security policies and procedures for covered entity and business associate clients. 
  • Advised companies on data breach responses and investigations in the manufacturing, health care, information technology, and financial services industries, including obligations to notify affected individuals and state and federal regulators. 



  • Long-Term Suspensions and the Right to an Education: An Alternative Approach, 90 N.C. L. REV. 293 (2011)