Kathryn Hickey concentrates her practice primarily in general business, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, and commercial contracting. She regularly counsels companies on a wide range of legal issues, including entity formation and structure, corporate governance, employment issues, commercial leasing, licensing, and regulatory compliance. Ms. Hickey also represents companies in the negotiation and implementation of institutional financing and commercial loan transactions with large institutional lenders. She has worked with tribal entities in various acquisitions and corporate structuring transactions. In this context, Ms. Hickey has addressed issues involving waivers of sovereign immunity, tribal entity structure and governance, and asset management.

Ms. Hickey has acted as counsel to buyers and sellers in mergers, business restructurings, asset purchase and sale transactions, and equity purchase and sale transactions. She has worked with large and small companies on both domestic and international transactions. Her experience in venture capital involves representing companies and investors in venture capital and angel investment transactions with respect to companies across many industries at various stages of growth.

As part of her securities practice, Ms. Hickey has counseled clients on compliance with federal securities laws and has represented clients in connection with offerings of debt and equity securities and private placements. Ms. Hickey has represented companies in matters including licensing, acquiring and divesting intellectual property, regulatory compliance, and commercialization of intellectual property, joint ventures and business alliance agreements.

Ms. Hickey helps businesses with transactions and contracts in the government contracts space as well. Her work includes negotiating and drafting teaming agreements, collaboration agreements, joint venture agreements, and subcontractor agreements for both prime contractors and subcontractors. Ms. Hickey also structures asset and equity transfer deals and coordinates contract novations in the government contracting space.

Ms. Hickey’s practice also includes providing corporate and transactional representation to businesses in the craft brewing industry. Ms. Hickey has assisted craft breweries with state and federal licensing, investment transactions, bank financing transactions, equipment purchase agreements, entity structure and governance, commercial leasing, collaboration agreements, partner disputes, and exit transactions.


  • “Managing Cyber Risks in M&A Transactions,” PilieroMazza PLLC Legal Advisor, First Quarter 2019


  • “Growing Pains: Growth Capital Sources and Considerations,” PilieroMazza PLLC Legal Advisor, Fourth Quarter 2018

Professional Activities & Honors

  • Named one of Maryland’s “Leading Women” by The Daily Record, 2017
  • Selected to the Rising Stars list, Maryland Super Lawyers, 2013 to present
  • Named one of Maryland’s “20 in their 20s” by The Daily Record, 2012

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland Association for Corporate Growth
  • Affiliated Member, Brewers Association of Maryland
  • Director, University of Maryland Annapolis Alumni Association

Representative Experience

  • Represented a Baltimore-based craft brewery in obtaining an institutional construction loan and line of credit for a major expansion and taproom build-out
  • Represented a Baltimore-based private equity firm in the recapitalization and acquisition of an information technology company
  • Represented a Pennsylvania-based venture capital firm in a simultaneous asset acquisition, mezzanine loan, and series A financing transaction of a Maryland-based government contractor
  • Represented a large international pharmaceutical company in the sale of several lines of marketed products to two venture-backed purchasing companies
  • Represented a nationwide lighting design company in the sale of a controlling equity interest to a venture-backed purchasing company
  • Represented a craft brewery on the Eastern shore of Maryland in the international purchase of a canning line
  • Represented a graduate 8(a) company in a convertible note financing round led by a Maryland-based venture capital firm
  • Represented an international medical device company in the restructuring of its North American organization, a Series A preferred stock capital raising transaction and the multi-phase stock purchase acquisition of another medical device company
  • Represented a Maryland-based hospitalist practice in the acquisition of a controlling equity interest in a Pennsylvania-based hospitalist practice and management company
  • Represented a Virginia-based dialysis company in a Series A venture capital financing round, a convertible note bridge financing round, and a Series B venture capital financing round
  • Represented a Pennsylvania-based venture capital firm in minority Series A and A-1 investments in a Maryland-based biotech company
  • Represented a Maryland-based circuit board manufacturing government contracting company in the acquisition of 100% of the equity in a Virginia-based strategic partner