Morningstar Law Group – Raleigh Law Firm – Durham NC Attorneys

Our Raleigh office is moving! Effective April 15, 2024, our new address will be 434 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2200, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Jennifer (Collins) Van Doren is a pharma attorney and licensing lawyer with more than 25 years of experience advising clients on intellectual property law and commercial transactions.

As a business lawyer, Jennifer takes a practical, business-oriented approach to achieve the best results for her clients. She represents clients of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, in complex intellectual property transactions such as collaboration agreements, joint development agreements, product divestitures, license agreements, and IT and business process outsourcing agreements. She also represents clients in advertising, promotions and sweepstakes compliance.

Prior to founding Morningstar Law Group, Jennifer was a partner at Womble Carlyle and head of the firm’s Intellectual Property transaction team. She began her legal career by clerking for U.S. Magistrate Judge Hon. Alexander B. Denson in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

When she is not practicing law, Jennifer enjoys traveling with her husband Marc and sons Deane and Wes.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Go where you like the people. You can change your practice area, but you can’t change the people you work with.


  • Best Lawyers: Corporate Law (2022-2024)
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite: Intellectual (2014, 2024), Corporate (2023)

Representative Experience

  • Serves as outside general counsel to small pharmaceutical companies
  • Prepares development agreements, supply agreements, purchase agreements, license agreements and other contracts for clients in the pharmaceutical industry, including generics companies
  • Represents numerous clients in the preparation, review and negotiation of IT agreements, including Software as a Service agreements, Cloud agreements, Master Services Agreements and Software License Agreements
  • Represents clients in advertising, promotions and sweepstakes legal compliance

Presentations & Publications

Jennifer has published numerous articles and given numerous presentations on the topics of licensing, IP transactions, advertising, promotions and sweepstakes.


  • University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, J.D. (1995) summa cum laude
  • Clemson University, B.A., English and History (1990)


  • North Carolina State Bar (1995)


  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Carolinas Chapter: Corporate Advisory Council (2017-present)
  • Dorothea Dix Park Workgroup (2017-2019)
  • Licensing Executives Society: Member (1997-present)