Sari Ann Strasburg
Class of 2009
Sari Ann Strasburg often describes herself as a “businessperson who happens to be a lawyer and a CPA.” Her financial, legal and management experience is extensive, current, and active. To understand the inner workings of a business, she will walk a production floor, handle product, and look for client and competitive product on store shelves. With her technology clients, she will meet with software engineers, listening for what works and what does not.
Ms. Strasburg’s legal experience and public accounting achievements are an invaluable combination. She established Strasburg Law P.L.L.C. in 2003 and delivers legal advice with a business-driven operations perspective. She understands that focusing on US and international operations necessarily includes legal and tax considerations, and to be successful, legal and tax planning must include the objectives of the business.
Ms. Strasburg has served on Boards of public and diverse non-profit companies. For the publicly traded Velcro companies, she directed the worldwide legal and tax affairs for ten years as General Counsel and Secretary, and served as an Officer and Director for its management company and many of its subsidiaries.
She served as Board Chair of the Women’s Business Center, an organization dedicated to entrepreneurship. She recruited successful entrepreneurial women onto the Board of Directors, instituted a Code of Ethics, and led the search for an Executive Director to partner with the Board. She has served on the NH Boards of the American Lung Association (Treasurer; Audit/Finance) and the American Cancer Society (Secretary; Fund Development) as well as the NH Symphony Orchestra (Finance) and the NH Business Committee for the Arts.
Ms. Strasburg has received a number of professional distinctions. Of particular note, she is 1 of the 21 top women lawyers selected from across the country for the 2009 DirectWomen Board Institute, an initiative established to identify Board candidates with the experience, independence, business judgment and diversity required for board effectiveness and good corporate governance.
Her legal experience includes Partner at a regional law firm following her position as General Counsel for the Velcro companies. Her prior tax positions include Tax Manager at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and Tax Specialist at Arthur Andersen in Boston.
She earned her B.S. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law. She regularly lectures for professional and educational organizations on legal, tax and ethics issues.