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Sarah Longson

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one." — Mark Twain

Sarah Longson has been practicing law since 1985, and is a shareholder in the firm. Her practice concentrates on general business and corporate law, as well as complex commercial disputes, creditors’ rights, and bankruptcy law.  Ms. Longson is a proud alumna of Lehigh University (B.S., B.A. with honors, 1982) and a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1985).

Ms. Longson represents and counsels emerging and established companies in all areas of business law, including formation of entities, mergers and acquisitions, sales of businesses, business governance, growth, and management, as well as drafting and negotiation of business transactions of all sorts, including the purchase and sale of existing businesses, and contracts for technology, construction, real estate, professional services, and loan transactions. Ms. Longson also has significant experience forming, representing, and counseling technology firms, as well as drafting software license agreements, hosting and servicing agreements, and other related agreements. She has also worked on engagements relating to cyber security, privacy, and policy matters.

Ms. Longson’s clients include software and IT companies, construction companies, home-improvement companies, government contractors, non-profit institutions, lending institutions, professional services companies (including accountants, medical practices, physical therapists, and medical services facilities) medical equipment distributors, consulting firms, as well as individuals.  Ms. Longson also represents businesses and individuals in matters involving complex commercial disputes, creditors’ rights, workouts and bankruptcy, and has substantial experience in complex commercial foreclosures. In addition, Ms. Longson has represented her clients in connection with trademark registration, copyrights, and licensing agreements relating to intellectual property, as well as cyberpolicies.

Ms. Longson is a former member of the panel of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustees for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland, and has extensive experience in bankruptcy law, having represented both secured and unsecured creditors in complex Chapter 11 proceedings and Chapter 7 proceedings.  She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland from 1999 – 2005, and served as treasurer and vice-president.  Ms. Longson is also a member of the Business Law Section Council for the Maryland State Bar Association and previously chaired the Creditors’ Rights and Insolvency subcommittee.

Ms. Longson speaks regularly on business, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and other matters and is a frequent faculty member for seminars conducted for other lawyers. Ms. Longson recently participated on a panel for a Judicial training seminar.  Ms. Longson is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Citizensip Law Related Education Program; the Board of Trustees for The First Tee – Baltimore , the Country Club of Maryland Board of Directors, and a former board member and officer of the Ruxton Country School Board of Trustees.

Representative Engagements:

Merger of cyber security companies with combined assets of over $25 million

Registration and development of mascot trademark and licensing agreements for local colleges

Acquisition of medical practices by regional healthcare organizations

Representing members of LLC in complex international commercial litigation over rights to solar projects

Representing international steel company in loan refinancing and acquisition of smaller companies

Merger of quasi-governmental agencies with annual budgets in excess of $30 million

Negotiating government contracts and subcontracts in connection with Department of Defense prime contract in excess of $100 million

Sale of construction company with assets of over $10 million

Representation of technology companies in SaaS agreements, licensing agreements and consulting agreements

Representation of real estate developers in connection with acquisition of large unimproved parcels