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Merrill M. Mason

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

Overview

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.

  • Member, Triangle Angel Partners II, LLC Executive Committee
  • Member, Triangle Angel Partners I, LLC Executive Committee
  • Member, IDEA Fund Partners Advisory Board
  • Past Member, Board of Directors of Council for Entrepreneurial Development
  • Past Member, Executive Committee of Council for Entrepreneurial Development
  • Past Member, Board of Directors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Foundation Investment Fund, Inc.
  • Past Member, Board of Directors of A Ban Against Neglect, Inc.
  • Past Chairman, Board of Directors of The Green Chair Project, Inc.
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Biotechnology Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law (2007-2018)
  • Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers (Business/Corporate)
  • Recipient of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award for Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs from the Council for Entrepreneurial Development

News & Publications

News

Events & Webinars

Events

  • Presenter, "Early Stage Funding Strategies and Term Sheets," Launch Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.
    08.2017
  • Presenter, "Legal Issues for Start-Ups," University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Startup UNC 4 Class Program, Chapel Hill, N.C.
    05.2017
  • Presenter, "Overview of Investment Terms," Triangle Angel Partners II Meeting, RTP, N.C.
    06.2016
  • Presenter, "PackStart Workshop," NCSU Springboard Innovation Hub, Raleigh, N.C.
    02.2016
  • Presenter, "Top 10 Small Business Legal Issues," NCACPA Symposium, Greensboro, N.C.
    11.2015
  • Presenter, "Early Stage Funding Strategies," University of North Carolina Launch, Chapel Hill, N.C.
    09.2015
  • Presenter, "Legal Issues for Start-Ups," Duke University, Durham, N.C.
    08.2015
  • Guest Judge, "The Perfect Pitch," HQ Raleigh, Raleigh, N.C.
    11.2014
  • Presenter, "Legal Issues for Start-Ups," University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler School of Business, Chapel Hill, N.C.
    11.2014
  • Presenter, "Building an Effective Board of Directors," Office Hours at HQ Raleigh, Raleigh, N.C.
    09.2014
  • Panelist, "Legal Coaching Clinic," University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C.
    08.2014
  • Presenter, "Legal Issues for Start-Ups," Elon University's Startup High, Elon, N.C.
    07.2014
  • Participant, "Mock Negotiation Exercises," University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler School of Business, Chapel Hill, N.C.
    03.2014
  • Guest Judge, "3rd Annual Carolina Challenge Pitch Party," University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C.
    01.2014
  • Presenter, "Introduction to Entrepreneurship," University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C.
    11.2013
  • Guest Judge, "Start-Up Concept Competition," University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C.
    10.2013
  • Guest Judge, "Start-Up Contest," University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C.
    09.2013
  • Guest Judge, "2013 Start-Up Alley Competition," HQ Raleigh, Raleigh, N.C.
    08.2013
  • Presenter, "Career Connections Program," Cary Academy, Cary, N.C.
    02.2013
  • Presenter, "Legal Issues for Start-Ups," University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C.
    02.2013
  • Guest Judge, "Launching the Venture Program," University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C.
    12.2012

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina

Education

University of North Carolina, J.D., 1986

University of North Carolina, B.A., 1982

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