Joseph Petro

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Mr. Petro is a corporate attorney with Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP. He represents sole proprietors, small to mid-sized businesses and privately-owned entities and organizations in a variety of areas. Having a Masters Degree in Business Administration, Mr. Petro is able to combine his business and legal background, education and expertise in order to provide legal advice, business strategies and documentation with a sound business foundation. He also represents privately held companies in a wide variety of industries in seeking investment financing through private placement offerings. Mr. Petro was named Rising Legal Star by Super Lawyers in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Areas of Practice

General Business and Corporate

  • Formation and structuring
  • Financing and capital investment
  • Mergers and acquisitions; reorganizations
  • Intellectual property protection; trade secrets
  • Licensing
  • Employment
  • Secured transactions

Recent Transactions

  • $52 million acquisition of tour agency
  • $30 million acquisition of Lowry Digital Images by Digital Theater Systems (known as “DTS,” a publicly traded, Nasdaq listed company)
  • $30 million acquisition of multiple automobile dealerships and service and repair shop
  • $12 million acquisition of a gaming and collectibles accessories manufacturing and distribution business
  • $8.5 million acquisition of an online search engine and services portal for the sales of medium-sized businesses
  • $8.5 million acquisition of an audio-visual programming distribution business
  • $5 million sale of a steel coil and steel sheet manufacturing and distribution business
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  • Juris Doctor (1997), Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
  • Master of Business Administration in Finance (1997), Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
  • Bachelor of Arts in Finance (1988), Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
  • Memberships
    • Member of the State Bar of California
    • Member, Business and Corporations Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2005-present
    Honors & Outside Activities
    • Mr. Petro was named Rising Legal Star by Super Lawyers in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
    • Counsel to Our Lady of Mount Lebanon-St. Peter Cathedral, Los Angeles, and related organizations
    • Member, Parish Council of Our Lady of Mount Lebanon-St. Peter Cathedral, Los Angeles