George Riley Thomas concentrates his practice in negotiating and structuring mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, representing private equity and strategic buyers and sellers across a wide range of industries and business types.

George also represents companies and investors on pre-IPO corporate finance, including equity and debt offerings.

In addition to his transactional-based practice, George regularly counsels business clients in connection with a wide array of corporate governance and commercial business law matters. He interacts frequently with the boards and leadership teams of his clients.

After a period working in Washington, D.C., George returned to Pittsburgh in 2002. George studied modern European history before going into law. He enjoys traveling, reading, the arts, and classic film.

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Representative Matters

  • Represented a distributor of industrial rubber products in connection with several strategic acquisitions.
  • Represented an automobile parts manufacturer in the divestment of a 
manufacturing facility.
  • Represented a client in the strategic acquisition of a Canadian toner cartridge 
remanufacturer and various other add-on acquisitions.
  • Represented shareholders in the sale of all outstanding stock of a scaffolding 
company to a strategic acquirer.
  • Represented an internet application developer in a restructuring and equity
investment transaction.
  • Represented a biotechnology company in the sale of various rounds of preferred 
stock and various restructuring transactions.
  • Represented a publicly-traded chemical and basic materials manufacturer in 
negotiating and drafting various commercial agreements and technology licenses.

Core Strengths

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Finance
  • Technology Licensing and Related Matters
  • Commercial Matters


  • Metz Lewis Brodman Must O'Keefe LLC
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (Washington, D.C. and Northern VA)
  • Reed Smith LLP (Washington, D.C.)
  • Allen Guthrie & Thomas, PLLC (Charleston, WV)


  • 1996:  J.D., University of Michigan
  • 1993:  A.B., cum laude, European History, Harvard University


  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • West Virginia (inactive)
  • District of Columbia
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