Jeff is a global lawyer with strong ties close to home.

Globally, he is the leader of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Global Business Group, board member of Womble Bond Dickinson (International) Limited, past chair of the Charlotte chapter of the British American Business Counsel and a strategic legal advisor to multinational companies.

Locally, he is leader in the community, with roles ranging from practice group leader of the Firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group to Board Chair of Blumenthal Performing Arts.  In 2015, Jeff received the coveted Order of the  Long Leaf Pine Award, honoring North Carolinians who have given extraordinary service to the state throughout their careers. 

Jeff represents corporate clients, private equity groups and venture capital funds in the US and abroad on cross-border private equity and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, joint ventures and securities matters. He has represented clients across many industry sectors, including technology, manufacturing, retail and consumer, and health care.

His former experience as general counsel and board member of a privately held consumer products company provides him an inside view of businesses’ legal and operational needs, equipping him to help clients make better-informed decisions.

Civic and Professional Activities

  • North Carolina State Bar; Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Chair of the Board of Trustees of Blumenthal Performing Arts
  • Past Chair of the Board of Directors, Charlotte Chapter of the British-American Business Council
  • Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Advisory Committee (2004-2010)
  • Past Chairperson of the Board of Directors of LifeSpan Incorporated

Honors and Awards

  • Chambers USA 2018 Ranked Lawyer, Corporate: M&A, North Carolina
  • Recipient of the 2015 Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Corporate Law, International Mergers & Acquisitions, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Venture Capital Law, 2007 – Present
Experience

Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Represented Blue Point Capital Partners and Ortholite in the sale of Ortholite to Trilantic North America and management. Ortholite, based in Amherst, Massachusetts, is a global, vertically integrated company with sales offices in the US, Asia and Europe and manufacturing facilities in China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Korea.
  • Represented Blue Point Capital Partners in its acquisition of Fire & Life Safety America (FLSA), a leading provider of fire and life safety system inspection, maintenance, repair and installation services.
  • Represented Smith Cooper International in its acquisition of Fire Protection Products, Inc. Smith-Cooper International (SCI), headquartered in Commerce, California, is a value-added designer, producer, importer and distributor of branded valves, fittings and pipe under the SCI and Sharpe brands.
  • Represented a founder of TrueLearn in his acquisition of majority control of TrueLearn. Also represented the founder in connection with the private equity financing of the transaction by Kian Capital. TrueLearn is a SaaS-based educational company that provides test preparation software for high-stakes standardized exams in various fields of medicines.
  • Represent Beardow Adams (Adhesives) Limited in the establishment of its US manufacturing facility. Beardow Adams is a leading manufacturer of hot-melt adhesives based in Milton Keynes, England.
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Bar admissions

1983, North Carolina

1986, Massachusetts

Education

  • J.D., 1983, University of South Carolina
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A., 1980, Erskine College
    • summa cum laude