Bio

Don practices in the areas of capital markets, securities law, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital, and corporate law. He joined the firm in 1993, prior to which he practiced at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, the largest law firm in Silicon Valley. Don’s experience ranges from representing start-up companies in their initial organizations and financings to representing companies and underwriters in public offerings, mergers & acquisitions, and SEC reporting and compliance matters. Don has worked on over 100 public offerings, raising over $9 billion in aggregate.

Don teaches Securities Regulation at Campbell University’s law school and guest lectures on corporate governance at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He chaired the NCBA Securities Regulation Committee from 1997 through 2001 and was on the NCBA Business Council from 2000 through 2003. Don is the only Securities & Corporate Finance attorney outside Charlotte to have been listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers each year since 2007.

Don received his B.A. from Whitman College and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

  • Recognized as a BTI Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting Group (2012)
  • Recognized as a leading Corporate/M&A attorney by Chambers USA (2011-2012, 2014-2020)
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America: Corporate Law, Securities Law, Securities Regulation (2010-2020); Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2014-2020)
  • Listed as “Raleigh Best Lawyers Securities Regulation Lawyer of the Year” (2017, 2019)
  • Listed as “Raleigh Best Lawyers Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year” (2015)
  • Listed as “Raleigh Best Lawyers Securities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year” (2012)
  • Listed as “Raleigh Best Lawyers Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year” (2014)
  • Listed among Business North Carolina Magazine Legal Elite: Business (2012-2014, 2016), Business Law (2004), Corporate Counsel (2005, 2013)
  • Listed among North Carolina Super Lawyers for Securities & Corporate Finance (2007-2019)
  • Named one of Top 100 Super Lawyers in North Carolina (2014-2016)
  • Named one of Top 25 Super Lawyers in Raleigh (2014, 2016)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • State Bar of California
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Board Member, Council for Entrepreneurial Development-Coastal
  • Elon University Parents’ Council Member
  • Board Member, Executive Search Committee Chair, Governance Committee Chair and Audit Committee Member, USA Taekwondo
  • Associate Class Representative and Alumni Admissions Representative, Whitman College
  • WSHA Public Radio Community Advisory Board Chair
  • Attends all Board and committee meetings of a Charleston, South Carolina based SaaS software company listed on Nasdaq and represented that company in its $150 million IPO and subsequent debt and equity offerings for a total of over $1 billion
  • Attends all Board and committee meetings of a Maryland based specialty pharmaceutical company listed on Nasdaq and represented it on SEC matters, stock offerings raising over $30 million and acquisitions and dispositions valued at a total of over $120 million
  • Represented a North Carolina based venture fund/family office in making two PIPEs (private investments in public equity) totaling $60 million
  • Represented an RTP-based drug development company in its $200 million spin-off as a separate Nasdaq-listed entity, attended all of its Board and committee meetings and represented it on SEC matters and in its acquisition for over $1 billion in cash, plus CVR’s (contingent value rights) worth up to an additional $350 million
  • Represented a large, global technology company based in the Silicon Valley in 9 acquisitions valued at a total of over $400 million
  • Represented a major RTP-based global CRO (contract research organization) on SEC matters and in its $172.5 million IPO and subsequent equity offerings for a total of over $2 billion
  • Represented another major North Carolina based CRO as its SEC counsel for the 15+ years it was a public company, and in its sale to private equity firms for $3.9 billion
  • Represented a local LED lighting company from inception through 2 rounds of equity financing and its sale to a public company for $107 million
  • Attended all Board and committee meetings of a local specialty pharmaceutical for approximately 15 years, and represented it on SEC matters and in 9 equity and debt offering raising over $1.3 billion, 4 acquisitions worth $350 million and a successfully defended hostile takeover attempt
  • Represented a global tobacco processing company based in North Carolina and traded on the NYSE on SEC matters, debt and equity offerings totaling over $400 million, 2 acquisitions and the approximately $3 billion merger of the company with another public company
  • "Identifying and Addressing Securities Law Issues," NC Bar Foundation Basics of Business Law Seminar, Cary, NC, May 2002, April 2000, 1998, 1996
  • "Initial Public Offerings 2001: Road Map for an IPO," Durham, NC, March 2001
  • "PIPEs as a Capital Financing Technique," RTP, NC, November 2001
  • Moderator, "The Role of the Board in Establishing and Monitoring Corporate Ethics," National Association of Corporate Directors, Research Triangle Chapter, RTP, NC, February 2003
  • The Art of Advising a High Technology Company, UNC Law School, Chapel Hill, NC, November 2002, 2003
  • "Where Have all the VC's Gone? A PPM Primer," Opportunity 2004, Wrightsville Beach, NC, March 2004
  • "Making the 'Tone at the Top' Ring True: Establishing Ethics through Corporate Governance," IMA/IAA joint meeting, RTP, NC, October 2004
  • "Going Public-What Officers and Directors Need to Know," NACD, RTP, NC, November 2006
  • "Exiting No Man's Land: Getting Yourself Prepared for the Capital Markets," Morrisville, NC, November 2007
  • Moderator, "D&O Insurance: Public, Private and Non-Profits, Are You Really Covered?" NACD, RTP, NC, May 2008
  • Panelist, "Financing Growth," Nasdaq, Cary, NC, June 2011
  • "The JOBS Act’s Impact on Fundraising: The IPO On-Ramp, Crowdfunding and More," NCBA Business Law Section Annual Meetings, Pinehurst, NC, February 2013
  • "Investors, Entrepreneurs, Founders and the JOBS Act," Charlotte, NC, October 2013
  • "Crowdfunding Symposium," Campbell University Law School, October 2015