Wilbert H. Sirota

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Wilbert H. Sirota is chair of Duane Morris' Baltimore office. Mr. Sirota practices in the area of corporate law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and general corporate and tax law. He has over four decades of experience in the area of corporate law and has served as outside general counsel for companies in a variety of industries, including high-tech and healthcare. Mr. Sirota also has worked on international and offshore corporate transactions.

Mr. Sirota is a 1961 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and a graduate of Georgetown University (LL.M.) and Johns Hopkins University (B.A.).

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate Law
  • Venture Capital
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Representative Matters

  • Representation of ZapMe! (now rStar) in the sale of 51% of its stock to Gilat Inc. for $51 million
  • Representation of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. in its initial public offering which raised an aggregate of $91 million
  • Representation of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. in its $45 million acquisition of XYPOINT Corporation
  • Representation of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. in its $19 million acquisition of The Enterprise Mobility Solutions Business Unit of Aether Systems, Inc.
  • Representation of YAFO Networks, Inc. in its issuance of preferred shares with aggregate proceeds of approximately $40 million
  • Representation of ServiceQwik Acquisition Corporation in its issuance of preferred shares with aggregate proceeds of approximately $35 million
  • Representation of a venture capital firm in its $225 million fund raising and formation
  • Representation of a venture backed company in its acquisition of Long John Silver's Restaurants in $250 million deal
  • Representation of numerous start-up companies in friends and family rounds, as well as venture capital investment

Admissions

  • Maryland

Education

  • Georgetown University, LL.M., 1964
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1961
  • The Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1958

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Of Counsel, 2006-present
  • DLA Piper US LLP
    - Partner, 1992-2006
  • Frank Bernstein Conaway & Goldman
    - Partner, 1968-1992
    - Associate, 1966-1968

Honors and Awards

  • Named Baltimore Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers, 2016
  • Named a Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in Venture Capital Law, Baltimore, 2013-2014 and 2017
  • Listed in Smart CEO's Leading Lawyers, 2011
  • Listed in U.S. News/Best Lawyers "The Best Lawyers in America," 2003-2018
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, 2007-2014
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Board Memberships

  • World Trade Center Institute
    - Board Member and Treasurer
  • Greater Baltimore Alliance
    - Counsel
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    - Board of Visitors
  • Emerging Technology Center
  • Chesapeake Innovation Center
    - Advisory Board
  • University of Maryland Medical System

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore
  • Jewish Community Center of Baltimore
    - Past President
  • Associated Jewish Charities, Baltimore
    - Past Secretary

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Mr. Sirota has lectured at continuing legal education seminars, Georgetown University School of Law, University of Maryland School of Law, and Loyola College.