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Deborah M. Smith
Phone: 919.838.2110
Fax: 919.821.6800

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  • North Carolina


University of North Carolina, J.D., 1986

University of North Carolina, B.A., 1982

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Merrill M. Mason

  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6733
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

With extensive experience representing technology and life sciences companies, Merrill Mason represents entrepreneurial and emerging enterprises.

Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Merrill co-founded Triangle-based Hutchison + Mason in 1996 where his leadership helped the firm grow to 20 lawyers specializing in meeting the general corporate needs of technology and life sciences companies.

Passionate about working with developing entrepreneurs and law students, Merrill has taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Member, Board of Directors of Council for Entrepreneurial Development
    • Past Member, Executive Committee of Council for Entrepreneurial Development
  • Member, IDEA Fund Partners Advisory Board
  • Member, Board of Directors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Foundation Investment Fund, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Directors of A Ban Against Neglect, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Directors of The Green Chair Project, Inc.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America©, Biotechnology Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law (2007-2016)
  • Listed, Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
  • Listed, North Carolina Super Lawyers (Business/Corporate)
  • Recipient of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award for Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs from the Council for Entrepreneurial Development



Author of published article, “Nobody Said There Would Be Math”

Author of published article, “Valuation of a Start-Up Business – Art Not Science”