Merrill Mason Mentors Entrepreneurs at 1789 Venture Lab in Chapel Hill

Raleigh, N.C.Merrill Mason, the head of Smith Anderson’s Start-Ups practice, has partnered with 1789 Venture Lab in Chapel Hill, N.C., to offer its entrepreneur tenants monthly office hours where he provides pro-bono, early stage legal advice.

Having an expert attorney like Merrill come in and offer free legal counseling has been absolutely invaluable. After meeting Merrill, our students have a clear picture of the legal landscape surrounding their business and can confidently move their venture forward without spending scarce resources. We are extremely grateful for Merrill’s generosity with his time, as well as the enthusiasm he displays for every member he interacts with.” – Aaron Scarboro, Director, 1789 Venture Lab

About Merrill Mason

Merrill Mason leads Smith Anderson’s Start-Ups practice group and has extensive experience representing technology and life sciences companies. He is passionate about working with developing entrepreneurs, emerging businesses and students. He has also 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. For more information on Merrill, please visit his bio online at

About 1879 Venture Lab

The 1789 Venture Lab is the University of North Carolina's central hub where support is provided to UNC students and graduats with an idea for a for-profit, non-profit or social entrepreneurial venture. To learn more, please visit their website

About Smith Anderson

Since our founding in 1912, Smith Anderson has grown to more than 120 attorneys and is the largest law firm headquartered in North Carolina’s Research Triangle area. We serve clients ranging in size from large public companies to emerging growth businesses, providing a full range of legal services to assist our clients in accomplishing their goals. The knowledge and experience of our attorneys make us well-positioned to handle the litigation and business matters that our clients face. For more information, please visit


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