Bar Admissions

  • Maryland


  • J.D., with honors, University of Maryland School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1992


  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section

    Past Chair, Maryland State Bar Association, Business Law Section
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Patricia McGowan


Patsy McGowan is a member of Venable's Corporate group. Her practice focuses on a wide range of corporate law matters, including corporate governance, securities transactions, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, with a particular focus on Maryland corporation law as it relates to real estate investment trusts (REITs), financial institutions and healthcare companies.

Significant Matters

  • Maryland counsel to Sabra Healthcare REIT, Inc. ("Sabra") in connection with the signing of a definitive merger agreement between Sabra and Care Capital Properties, Inc. ("Care") resulting in Sabra being the surviving company following the merger, which is an all-stock transaction resulting in a combined company with an estimated pro forma total market capitalization of approximately $7.4 billion and an equity market capitalization of approximately $4.3 billion.
  • Maryland counsel to industry-leading owner and asset manager of luxury hotels and resorts in connection with its merger with a major private investment firm
  • Maryland counsel in more than two dozen initial public offerings, including more than a dozen REITs
  • Maryland counsel for the Special Committees of several companies in their consideration and negotiation of strategic alternatives
  • Maryland counsel in the spin-offs of two publicly-traded REITs
  • Maryland counsel to multiple REITs in connection with follow-on and at-the-market offerings
  • Counsel to a large hospital system in the overhaul of bylaws and governance documents for a dozen hospitals and affiliates
  • Maryland counsel to a bank holding company in its merger with another bank holding company
  • Counsel to a major BlueCross/BlueShield insurer relating to board composition and governance matters
  • Maryland counsel in listing of first U.S. public company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
  • Maryland counsel to a regional bank holding company in its acquisition of a regional bank, and in its receipt of TARP funding
  • Maryland counsel in the merger of two publicly traded manufacturing and supply companies
  • Maryland counsel in the spin-offs of two publicly traded consumer goods companies
  • Maryland counsel to a publicly traded hotel management corporation in its divestiture of 28 hotels in an approximately $4.2 billion transaction
  • Maryland counsel in the merger of two publicly traded REITs, resulting in a company with an enterprise value of approximately $4.6 billion


Patsy served as Past Chair of the Business Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association and as Past Chair of its Committee on Corporation Law and is a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section.