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Deborah M. Smith
Phone: 919.838.2110
Fax: 919.821.6800
dmsmith@smithlaw.com

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina

Education

University of North Carolina, J.D., 1986

University of North Carolina, B.A., 1982

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Merrill M. Mason

Partner
  • 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

News

Publications

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

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

Events

  • Presenter, Overview of Investment Terms, Triangle Angel Partners II Meeting, RTP, N.C., June 7, 2016
  • Presenter, PackStart Workshop, NCSU Springboard Innovation Hub, Raleigh, N.C., February 25, 2016
  • Presenter, Top 10 Small Business Legal Issues, NCACPA Symposium, Greensboro, N.C., November 16, 2015
  • Presenter, Early Stage Funding Strategies, University of North Carolina Launch, Chapel Hill, N.C., September 2015
  • Presenter, Legal Issues for Start-Ups, Duke University, Durham, N.C., August 31, 2015
  • Guest Judge, The Perfect Pitch, HQ Raleigh, Raleigh, N.C., November 10, 2014
  • Presenter, Legal Issues for Start-Ups, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler School of Business, Chapel Hill, N.C., November 10, 2014
  • Presenter, Building an Effective Board of Directors, Office Hours at HQ Raleigh, Raleigh, N.C., September 2014
  • Panelist, Legal Coaching Clinic, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C., August 2014
  • Presenter, Legal Issues for Start-Ups, Elon University's Startup High, Elon, N.C., July 2014
  • Participant, Mock Negotiation Exercises, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler School of Business, Chapel Hill, N.C., March, 2014
  • Guest Judge, 3rd Annual Carolina Challenge Pitch Party, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C., January 2014
  • Presenter, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C., November 2013
  • Guest Judge, Start-Up Concept CompetitionUniversity of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C., October 2013
  • Guest Judge, Start-Up Contest, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C., September 2013
  • Guest Judge, 2013 Start-Up Alley Competition, HQ Raleigh, Raleigh, N.C., August 2013
  • Presenter, Legal Issues for Start-Ups, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C., February 2013
  • Presenter, Career Connections Program, Cary Academy, Cary, N.C., February 2013
  • Guest Judge, Launching the Venture Program, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C., December 2012