Dave Sorin is a co-founding and co-managing partner of the firm. He focuses his practice primarily on privately- and publicly-owned startup, early stage, emerging growth, and middle market technology and life science enterprises, as well as the investors, executives, and boards of directors who support and lead them. Dave has a long track record of successful representation of growth companies, having been repeatedly recognized by well-known periodicals for a unique combination of legal acumen and sound business judgment. He also brings to bear his broad range of knowledge and experience in counseling enterprises and investors in diverse emerging growth markets, technology industries (including software, information technology, e-commerce, and communications), and life sciences. Many of the companies he represents are well-known names throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
One industry-leading publication has recognized Dave as one of New Jersey’s top 100 business people, categorizing him within an “elite group” of executives who “are the voices of their industries.” He was later identified by another industry publication as one of the region’s “top deal makers.” Chambers USA, an international guide to lawyers and law firms, called Dave the State’s top corporate lawyer. Most recently, Lawyer Monthly Magazine identified Dave as one of the top 100 Lawyers in the world in the category of emerging growth company representation.
Prior to co-founding SorinRand (formerly SorinRoyerCooper), Dave had been Managing Partner of the New Jersey and New York law offices of Buchanan Ingersoll Professional Corporation and of the Princeton office of Hale & Dorr LLP (now WilmerHale LLP), as well as a corporate practice area Vice-Chair. He later established a non-legal consulting practice to advise emerging growth companies on a wide range of business issues, including matters relating to finance, commercial transactions, corporate partnering and licensing arrangements, and governance. In addition, he served as a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University, teaching Entrepreneurial Law, Venture Capital and Corporate Governance. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law, teaching Accounting for Lawyers and Mergers & Acquisitions.
The realities of the 21st century economy and rigorous analysis of the business and legal marketplace convinced Dave that service to startup, early stage, emerging growth and middle market enterprises is largely incompatible with the cost infrastructure, high leverage, and fee schedules generally associated with today’s law firm model. He and his partners founded SORINROYERCOOPER to meet the new business realities head-on, reinventing law firm practice to help clients achieve their goals, sensibly.
Dave, who began his legal career at Davis Polk & Wardwell, also is a Certified Public Accountant.