Scott Theobald is a Partner in the Phoenix Office of Gordon & Rees, where his practice focuses on domestic and international corporate, securities and commercial transactions, corporate governance, real estate, and resolution of complex business disputes. During a career spanning nearly three decades, Mr. Theobald successfully has negotiated a wide variety of business deals and resolved disputes on behalf of corporate clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to high-tech startups. He has a well-deserved reputation for creativity and innovation and, as a former engineer, he brings tremendous attention to detail to bear in every representation. He has deep practical experience with clients in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, health care, financial and professional services, real estate development, media and entertainment, public utilities, computer hardware and software, import/export, agriculture, environmental, and high-technology, among others.
Mr. Theobald earned his JD and MBA degrees from Columbia University in the City of New York, where his legal studies were concentrated in corporate, securities and international law, and on the business side, in corporate finance and financial accounting. He served as Managing Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review and worked in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs & Co. while still in school.
After completing his formal education, Mr. Theobald joined the venerable Phoenix law firm of Brown and Bain, becoming a partner in its corporate and securities group a little more than five years after graduating law school. One of his principal clients for many years was a premier global industrial and natural resource company. Theobald served as outside corporate counsel to the conglomerate—acting as lead counsel in many of its merger & acquisition matters, on numerous large contracts for mining equipment and bulk chemical purchases, and in joint ventures involving other Fortune 500 industrial companies. Theobald also monitored and helped manage the client’s worldwide litigation matters.
Mr. Theobald has represented a number of emerging growth companies whose businesses often involve software applications and other means of commercializing the Internet. Medical device and biotechnology companies also have been a mainstay of his practice. Typical engagements have included fast-paced financing transactions (typically structured as "Regulation D" private securities offerings); strategic acquisitions; private equity and venture capital fund investments; and executive compensation. One of Mr. Theobald’s emerging growth clients grew in only eight years from a startup to become a New York Stock Exchange-traded company with a market capitalization of nearly US $1.5 billion. Theobald incorporated and advised the company during its early financing rounds while a name partner at the 15-lawyer securities and real estate boutique law firm he co-founded in Phoenix. He also co-founded a boutique M&A advisory firm, which remains the premier institution of its kind in the Southwest. More recently, Mr. Theobald has defended clients in arbitrations, and in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the Arizona Corporation Commission. Currently, he serves as outside general counsel to several emerging growth companies.
Arizona Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit