Dawson Kirkland works with Smith Anderson’s Corporate practice, where she advises a broad range of business clients on mergers and acquisitions and financial transactions.

Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Dawson practiced corporate law in the New York City office of a global law firm.

Areas of Focus



  • Editor and Academic Events Committee Member, New York University Journal of Law and Business


  • Summer Law Clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Mark Martin, Supreme Court of North Carolina


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2018
    • Dean’s Scholarship
  • University of Virginia, B.A. with distinction, 2015

Bar & Court Admissions


  • New York University School of Law
    • Mentor, Women’s Mentorship Program
    • Member, Alumni Association
  • University of Virginia
    • Mentor, Virginia Alumni Mentoring
    • Member, Alumni Association


  • Represented a Nasdaq-listed bank holding company in its assumption of all customer deposits and certain other liabilities, and acquisition of substantially all loans and certain other assets, of a bridge bank, as successor to the failed bank subsidiary of a Nasdaq-listed bank holding company, from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as receiver for the bridge bank.
  • Advised a provider of clinical trial contracting and payment services, and its investors, in its merger with a provider of complementary services.
  • Advised the majority owner of a leading provider of retail staffing services in a definitive agreement to sell his interest to the company in a management buyout.
  • Advised a leading pharmaceutical and biotech contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) in a definitive agreement to acquire a preferred provider of cGMP Biostorage and pharma support services for an undisclosed amount.


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