R. Scott Tobin


Phone:  404.835.5230 (Atlanta)
919.647.4448 (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill)
Mobile: 336.880.5434

Email: Contact Scott Tobin

Scott Tobin is a shareholder in WJR’s NC Research Triangle and Atlanta offices where he provides strategic legal and business advice to high growth businesses and those who manage and invest in them. While he counsels those involved in a broad spectrum of industries, a significant portion of his business practice focuses on managing risk and capitalizing on growth opportunities for privately held technology companies and their investors. He often teams with clients at business critical junctures including raising capital, leveraging capital and technologies (typically through licensing, strategic partnerships, or acquisitions), or when owners or managers are joining or exiting a business. Scott also serves as US general counsel to expansion minded overseas companies, advising them on all aspects of US market entry. His litigation work is concentrated largely upon disputes involving business sales and acquisitions and among private company investors and lenders, directors, and management.

Scott has a varied background as a lawyer, senior executive, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist.  During the dot com boom of the late ‘90’s he left WJR to lead the buyout of a long-time software client by an NYSE listed company. Before returning to the private practice of law, he spent over a decade as both principal and operator of a succession of entrepreneurial business ventures. His career has included partnership in an Am Law 100 law firm and roles as board member, president, general counsel and principal financial officer of a publicly traded molecular diagnostics company, CEO of a formerly NASDAQ listed North Carolina furniture manufacturer in which he became the lead investor, general counsel to a global software firm, executive vice-president for global strategies and manager of the venture investment portfolio of a publicly traded communications technology company, managing partner of the Atlanta office of a European law firm, and assistant attorney general for the State of Georgia.  In addition, he has served as North Carolina election counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

When not practicing law or otherwise engaged in board and community activities, Scott enjoys time with family at his home in the North Carolina mountains, UNC sports, travel, tennis, skiing, hiking, and, every now and then, a good wine or a craft beer or two.

Areas of Law

    • Corporate
    • Private Equity and Venture Capital
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Healthcare IT
    • Technology Law
    • Corporate Governance
    • Business Litigation


Community Involvement

    • Board Member, National Association of Corporate Directors, Research Triangle (NC)
    • Board Member, Research Triangle Chapter, National Association of Corporate Directors
    • Board Member, Research Triangle Chapter, Association for Corporate Growth
    • Chair, Public Policy Task Force, ACG Research Triangle Chapter
    • Board Member and former Executive Committee Member, UNC Law School Alumni Association
    • President and Chair, UNC School of Law Foundation
    • Member, UNC Law School Long Range Planning Committee
    • Director, UNC School of Law Council for Entrepreneurial Law
    • Co-Managing Director, UNC Law School Initiative for Corporate Governance
    • Member, William Horn Battle Society, UNC School of Law
    • Member, Advisory Board of “Creative Coast Alliance” (entrepreneurial arm of the Savannah Economic Development Authority)
    • Speaker and Panelist, Kaufman Foundation “Power of Angel Investing” Series
    • Board Member, Piedmont Triad Entrepreneurial Network
    • NC Coordinator, GOP Presidential Ballot Access Committee
    • Member, Republican National Lawyers Association
    • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club International
    • C. Coordinator, GOP Presidential Ballot Access Committee


Professional Associations and Memberships

    • Professionalism Committee, Wake County NC Tenth Judicial District Bar Association
    • NC Tenth Judicial District Bar Fee Dispute Resolution Committee Mediator
    • American Bar Association
    • Atlanta Bar Association
    • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Georgia Bar Association
    • Atlanta Bar Association


Bar Admissions

    • North Carolina
    • Georgia
    • Supreme Court of the United States
    • S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • S. Court of appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • S. District Court, Northern District of GA
    • S. District Court, Middle District of GA
    • S. District Court, Eastern District of NC
    • S. District Court, Middle District of NC
    • S. District Court, Western District of NC



    • Honors graduate-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA and JD


 Martindale Hubbell’s AV Preeminent peer review rating 5/5


Practice Areas

Practice Areas

Wagner, Johnston and Rosenthal P.C. provides a range of legal services in the following areas:

  • Commercial Leasing
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate Law
  • Corporate & Finance Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Employment Law
  • Franchise & Business Opportunity Law
  • Heathcare IT
  • International Business
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Sports Law
  • Technology Law
  • Other Areas of Practice

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Our attorneys provide the most comprehensive legal service around. If you are an entrepreneur or small business in a bind, let us assist you. We pride ourselves in providing excellent service to our clients in a range of legal areas. With decades of experience in areas of practice from commercial law to health care and taxation, Wagner, Johnston and Rosenthal P.C. can help. Click on a name to the left to learn more about each attorney and their specialties.

Our Clients


Wagner, Johnston & Rosenthal represents a broad range of privately held businesses, executives and entrepreneurs. While a majority of the Firm’s clientele is based in the greater Atlanta area, the Firm also services clients located throughout the United States as well as in foreign countries.

The industries the Firm represents are as diverse as the economy: manufacturers and service industries, real estate developers, financial concerns, lending institutions, health care professionals and facilities, benefit consultants, software and technology developers, public service agencies, investment partnerships, travel agencies, private schools, engineering concerns, leasing companies, telecommunications concerns, hotel developers, franchisors and professional sports teams.