Cara R. Baer focuses her practice on transactions for life sciences companies and academic medical centers, the application of international privacy laws to medical research activities, and intellectual property counseling.

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Cara works with some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical, medical device, and biopharmaceutical corporations, facilitating business and commercial transactions and joint ventures and strategic collaborations. In addition to her deal work, she is experienced in the negotiation and drafting of drug and device development, manufacturing and products supply agreements as well as agreements relating to the conduct of medical research such as clinical trials, investigator initiated studies, consortiums, and the sharing of data and materials both within the United States and internationally. She regularly counsels academic medical centers on addressing international privacy concerns applying to the conduct of research around the globe.  She also assists clients to formulate their international intellectual property strategies including trademark clearance, filing and protection as well as IP licensing.

She obtained her J.D. from The University of Memphis in 2004 and also holds a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from The University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Vanderbilt University.  She has been published in Intellectual Property Litigation, Law360 and Pointe Innovation and has published a chapter in Aspatore’s book, Inside the Minds: Navigating Legal Issues in the Biotechnology Industry.

Cara is admitted to practice in the State of Tennessee, the U.S. District Courts Western District of Tennessee and the U.S. Patent Bar.


Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2004
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Western
  • U.S. Patent Bar, 2003


  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Rising Star, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2017

Education & Honors

  • University of Memphis, J.D., 2004
  • University of Maryland, M.A., Mathematics, 2001
  • Vanderbilt University, B.S., Mathematics, magna cum laude, 1999


  • Representation of both acquirers and sellers in local, national and international corporate acquisitions where assets to be acquired or valuation of companies to be acquired involve selling company’s intellectual property.
  • Assisting clients in licensing or acquisition of intellectual property rights.
  • Negotiation and drafting of multi-billion dollar worldwide collaboration between two major pharmaceutical companies for co-development and co-promotion of multiple pharmaceutical products.
  • Negotiation and drafting of agreements among pharmaceutical and medical device companies for development, manufacturing and supply of products.
  • Registration of trademarks in United States as well as in over 40 foreign countries through extensive network of foreign associates.
  • Drafting and implementing a new suite of sales templates and standard terms and conditions for a large ophthalmic medical device company including training the sales operations team on the new templates, acceptable fallback provisions, and who has authority to approve deviations from non-legal terms.
  • Assisting a nationally-recognized academic medical center with review and negotiation of medical research agreements relating to industry and federally sponsored research, collaborations and consortium formations, and the establishment of an international privacy program to address personal data collected for medical research purposes outside the United States.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, "Human Subjects Research: Law, Contracting and a COVID-19 Vaccine Trial," Tennessee Bar Association, 33rd Annual Health Law Forum, October 22, 2021.
  • Presenter, "Data Security and Privacy Update," Tennessee Society of CPAs Forensic and Valuation Services Conference, October 20, 2021.
  • Author, "International Privacy Laws and Clinical Trials," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 14, No. 3, September 2021.
  • Presenter, "International Privacy Laws and Medical Research,” Memphis Bar Association, Health Law Section, Mid-Year CLE, July 22, 2021.
  • Presenter, “Copyright and Fair Use in an Educational Setting,” St. Jude, December 14, 2020.
  • Co-Presenter, “Federal Regulation of Pharmaceuticals,” Memphis Bar Association, Health Law Section, November 16, 2020.
  • Co-Presenter, “Copyright 101: Staying Out of Hot Water and Protecting the Institution's Reputation,” St. Jude, November 25, 2019
  • Presenter, “Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop - Copyrights and Trademarks,” St. Jude, December 10, 2018.
  • Co-Presenter, “So You Think You Know Your Contract: What Could Go Wrong?,” Adapting to a Changing World: CLE for In-House Counsel, December 3, 2018.
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