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Elliot Dater

T 412-577-5214

    Elliot Dater, co-chair of the Firm's Emerging Companies Practice Group and partner in the Firm's Business Services Department, represents investors, growth companies and middle market businesses in investment, mergers and acquisition and commercial transactions. Mr. Dater also represents international clients, including Israeli companies doing business in the United States and U.S. companies and investors doing business in Israel. His practice focuses on defense, technology and life sciences companies, investors in all stages of private equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, commercial law, government contracting, and general corporate counseling. Mr. Dater is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he teaches the course, Law and Entrepreneurship.

    Mr. Dater also spent seven years in Israel, including four years as the partner managing the international and technology practice of a leading Tel Aviv law firm. There, he represented emerging growth companies and investors in venture capital financings and negotiated major cross border transactions for Israeli, American, English, Turkish, and Italian clients in software, telecommunications, semiconductors, medical devices, and life sciences. He also acted as both local issuer's and underwriter's counsel on multiple public offerings in the Unites States, United Kingdom, and Germany, and he represented clients in commercial and technology licensing transactions. While living in Israel, Mr. Dater also served as general counsel to two publicly traded technology companies.

    Earlier in his career, Mr. Dater served as counsel to the Government of Israel, Ministry of Defense, Mission to the United States, in New York. He negotiated multi-year research and development contracts for various branches of the Israel Defense Forces.


    • Participant, Alyn Pediatric Hospital Wheels of Love Charity Ride, a five-day bike ride in Israel for the benefit of the hospital, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009
    • Mentor, University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute "First Look" Technology Showcase, First Gear and Fourth Gear Programs
    • Member, 3 Rivers Venture Fair Coaches Committee


    • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1987
    • University of Michigan, B.A., Political Science, 1983

    Bar Admissions

    • Pennsylvania
    • New York


    • Hebrew - fluent