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Sarah J. Tobias

Sarah J. Tobias


Pittsburgh, PA

How Sarah Helps Clients

Sarah works on an array of corporate finance matters, including emerging growth company issues, mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance and general corporate governance.

Prior to joining the firm full-time, Sarah spent two summers as a Summer Associate with Buchanan. As a Summer Associate, she conducted research and drafted memoranda on a variety of legal issues, including transfer of intellectual property interests in bankruptcy, attorney-client privilege in internal investigations, bifurcation of liability and damages at trial, and enforceability of foreign judgments. During law school at the University of Pittsburgh, Sarah worked for Neighborhood Legal Services, where she assisted indigent clients in bankruptcy proceedings. Sarah was a 1L Scholar for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Lead Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Commerce, a Legal Writing Teaching Assistant, and recipient of the CALI Award in her Commercial Transactions class.

Before returning to Pittsburgh, her hometown, to pursue a law degree, Sarah lived in Seoul, South Korea, where she taught English as a Second Language and in Paris, France. While in Paris, she earned a Master of the Arts in Global Communications at the American University of Paris and worked in marketing for a major U.S. fast food chain at a global advertising agency. Later, she joined a French SAAS startup incubator as a Marketing Manager. 

What Clients Can Expect

Sarah’s diverse experiences, combined with her background in marketing and experience in international entrepreneurship, enable her to provide a unique perspective that she brings to her practice every day

Outside the Office

When she’s not in the office, Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, traveling, doing the New York Times Crossword, and walking her dog through Pittsburgh’s many beautiful parks and neighborhoods.

Proof Points 

  • Representation of Smith Micro Software, Inc., a publicly traded developer of mobile software solutions, including registered and private placement offerings
  • Representation of Longeveron Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company developing cellular therapies for chronic aging-related and life-threatening conditions, in its initial public offering and listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market, various follow-on offerings, and ongoing SEC compliance
  • Representation of Carpenter Contractors of America in the sale of its fabricated lumber components and field installation services businesses in the Midwest, Carolinas and Florida to Kodiak Building Partners.
  • Representation of a national PERS company in the sale of 100% of its equity to a competitor
  • Representation of security alarm companies on the buy and sell-sides, in various bank financing transactions, and in ongoing compliance matters
  • Representation of a wide variety of companies in their acquisitions by private equity firms, including in the fields of metal finishing/industrial coating, traffic control, signage, wire rope and rigging, HVAC, and plumbing
  • Representation of Pittsburgh-based technology startup in its $5 million Series Seed financing round