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Jeffrey J. Truitt

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Deborah Cox
Phone: 919.821.6787


Jeff Truitt’s practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, commercial and finance transactions, and government contracts.  He has significant experience in the drafting and negotiation of manufacturing and supply agreements, vendor agreements, licensing arrangements, and other contracts that support the day to day operations of companies. He also routinely represents early stage and growth companies in all phases of start-up, financing and exits, with particular emphasis on the sale of closely held businesses.

Jeff has experience working with clients in a broad range of industries, including software, packaging, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, travel services, manufacturing, distribution, clean tech, utilities and professional services. Jeff also has significant non-profit experience arising from his involvement with Rise Against Hunger, an international relief and developmental assistance organization.

Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Jeff practiced in the Corporate Group at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, Illinois. He also served four years as general counsel for a military base in Europe, in which he managed various civilian employment, litigation, real estate and international legal matters. Before attending law school, Jeff served as a nuclear-trained submarine officer based in the Pacific northwest. In 2017, Jeff completed a longstanding personal ambition by becoming a licensed private pilot. 

  • International Law & Practice Council, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, U.S. International Qualifications Appraisal Board
  • Secretary-Treasurer, North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners
  • Immediate Past Chairman of Board, Rise Against Hunger
  • Director, USO of North Carolina
  • Captain, JAG Corps, U.S. Navy Reserve (International Law qualified)
  • Former Secretary, Johnston County Board of Elections
  • Former President, Naval Academy Alumni Association, North Carolina Triangle Chapter
  • The University of Chicago Booth School of Business - business plan competition, second place, 2001
  • William F. Bryant Prize, awarded for scholarship in Shakespeare, 1993



  • Advised an investment company in a definitive agreement to purchase the outstanding equity interests of the largest independent blender and packager of lubricants to the automotive, agriculture, commercial and heavy duty markets in North America
  • Represented a Software as a Service company in the leveraged buyout by a private equity fund
  • Represented an Irish consumer products company in its acquisition of a California-based distributor
  • Represented a material science company in a joint venture with a private-equity backed distributor
  • Represented a high technology company in exclusive distribution relationships
  • Represented a talent management software company in $100 million acquisition by a private equity group
  • Represented a multinational manufacturer and supplier to the papermaking industry in connection with new $278 million multi-currency senior secured credit facility
  • Represented a biotechnology company in a tax-free reorganization and acquisition by a private equity fund
  • Advised a privately-held food processing technology company in an agreement to sell the assets of its two wholly-owned subsidiaries for $25 million in cash at closing with a $20 million cash earnout
  • Represented a publicly-traded business development company in $14.2 million subordinated debt and equity investment in a restaurant franchisor
  • Represented public, global contract research organization in its acquisition of specialty equipment manufacturer
  • Represented a private equity fund in its acquisition of $40 million consumer products company
  • Represented an industrial supplies manufacturer and supplier in its acquisition of a fastener and pallet manufacturer and supplier
  • Represented a leading open source software provider in a cross-border asset acquisition
  • Represented angel investors in formation of venture capital fund and private placement of preferred stock
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in negotiation of gas, electricity, and steam supply agreements
  • Represented a construction company in its acquisition of an asphalt plant facility
  • Represented a U.S. company in its demerger from a Japanese conglomerate
  • Represented a health insurer service provider in sale of assets
  • Represented various growth companies in sale of preferred stock
  • Represented provider of video automation services in attempted sale to public international company
  • Represented public telecom in multiple acquisitions
  • Represented an automated bill service provider in bolt-on acquisition
  • Represented government contractor in its sale of stock to an ESOP
  • Represented an automated bill service provider in redemption and issuances of preferred stock
  • Represented a consumer products company in bolt-on acquisition
  • Represented venture-backed food processing company in the negotiation of co-packing agreements

News & Publications


Events & Webinars


  • Presenter, "Financing Alternatives for the Private Company," Garner Rotary Club (Rotary District 7710) Presentation, Garner, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Requirements for International Shareholders," North Carolina Bar Association Annual Conference, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Presenter, "International Legal Principles in the South China Sea Disputes," Navy JAG Military Leadership Training Symposium-East, Alexandria, Va.
  • Presenter, "The Law of Naval Operations," Navy JAG Military Leadership Training Symposium-West, San Diego, Calif.
  • Presenter, "International Law for Entrepreneurs," Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Packaging Hope," Stop Hunger Now, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Non-International Armed Conflict," Rotary Club International (Garner Chapter), Garner, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Weapon Use in NIAC and How Can They Be Targeted," Workshop on Non-International Armed Conflict, International Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo, Italy
  • Panelist, "Current Legal Issues in NIAC," Workshop on Non-International Armed Conflict, International Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo, Italy
  • Presenter, "Joint Military Operations Course," U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
  • Presenter, "Joint Military Operations Course," U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • Florida


University of Chicago, J.D., with honors, 2001

University of Maryland, M.A., 1994

Graduate, Officer Naval Nuclear Engineering Program

United States Naval Academy, B.S., with honors and distinction, 1993

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