Brenda Furlow

Brenda Furlow
AlphaTech Counsel, S.C.
P.O. Box 259870
Madison, WI  53725
Telephone (608) 205-4664
Facsimile (888) 318-1050

Brenda Furlow is an attorney with AlphaTech Counsel, S.C. and serves as On-Call General Counsel to emerging companies.  Brenda has been a general counsel at both private and publicly traded companies.  She has experience managing human resources and administrative operations.  With almost 25 years of business and legal experience, Brenda understands the numerous business, legal, and human resources issues that companies commonly face.

Before joining AlphaTech Counsel, Brenda was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for TomoTherapy Incorporated, a publicly traded international medical device company, where she was responsible for all legal matters for the company and its subsidiaries.  Prior to TomoTherapy, Brenda was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Promega Corporation, a private life sciences company with global operations.  Brenda also managed Promega’s human resources function for several years.  Prior to working in-house, Brenda worked at a large Chicago-based law firm, where she specialized in employment and labor law, government contracts, and litigation.

Representative Experience as a General Counsel

  • Corporate and Securities 
    • Oversaw sales and acquisitions of both public and private companies and divisions
    • Oversaw secondary offering of publicly traded securities and handled drafting and filing of annual and periodic securities filings
    • Managed corporate books and records for companies and international affiliates
    • Managed employee restricted stock and stock option programs
  • Corporate Governance
    • Served as chief compliance officer and oversaw implementation of and training related to a variety of compliance programs for both public and private companies
    • Investigated whistleblower and other complaints under company compliance programs
    • Advised boards and management on a variety of governance issues and prepared agendas and minutes for board, committee, and shareholder meetings
    • Managed legal and enterprise risk management programs
  • Contract Matters
    • Drafted and negotiated a wide array of contracts, including those relating to sales, service, supply, international distribution, consulting, confidentiality, employment, dispute resolution, and intellectual property
    • Managed contract compliance and resolved contract disputes
    • Oversaw contract management and files processes
  • Employment Matters
    • Drafted employment-related contracts
    • Drafted and reviewed various HR policies and procedures
    • Advised CEO and other senior management concerning a wide array of employment-related matters and situations, including disciplinary actions and terminations, harassment and other employment-related claims and investigations
    • Handled discrimination complaints and HR compliance matters and oversaw employment litigation
    • Provided advice on various benefits issues
  • Intellectual Property
    • Oversaw intellectual property programs, including oversight of patent prosecution, opposition, and interference proceedings, trademark filings, infringement analyses and opinions, and compliance
    • Managed licensing compliance programs, including disputes relating to interpretations
    • Oversaw patent infringement disputes and litigation, both in the United States and internationally 
  • Litigation
    • Managed and supervised attorneys and law firms on a variety of litigation matters in state and federal courts, including securities lawsuits, contract and license disputes, patent infringement and validity litigation, and employment claims, administrative hearings, and lawsuits

Community Involvement and Professional Activities

  • Lecturer, Legal Issues Class, MBA Program, University of Wisconsin School of Business
  • Lecturer, Employment Law, Executive MBA Program, University of Wisconsin School of Business
  • Member, TEMPO


  • University of Chicago Law (J.D. cum laude)
  • Calvin College  (B.A.)