Deana A. Labriola

Business Attorney
919.277.9183 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Deana's practice encompasses a broad range of business matters, from drafting and negotiating corporate agreements and documents to managing all aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and debt and equity financing transactions for a variety of companies.  She represents privately held companies, and assists them in all aspects of their business, from corporate governance and transactions to business structuring, development, and expansion opportunities.

Deana leads the Technology Practice Group, and represents a 
number of local technology and biotechnology companies.  This also includes serving as corporate counsel to a number of site management organizations and single and multi-site clinical research sites.  Deana also routinely advises companies on information security and data breach matters across all industries.  She also has specialized experience in financial aid and distribution of funds for a private vocational school as well as a thorough understanding of Department of Education regulations and accreditation processes and guidelines.


  • J.D., The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, 2001. Editorial Board, Catholic University Law Review.
  • M.A., The Catholic University of America, 2001
  • B.A., University of Indianapolis,  1998

Representative Experience

  • Representation of the seller in a $500 million stock sale of an IT 
  • government contracting company to a special purpose acquisition company
  • Representation of the purchaser in a $30 million stock purchase of a technology services company
  • Representation of the purchaser/investor in a $25 million purchase of the majority interest in a privately held trucking company
  • Representation of the purchaser in a $25 million asset purchase of four check cashing/pay-day lending stores
  • Representation of the company in a $2 million Series A venture capital financing for a privately-held biotechnology company
  • Representation of the borrower in a $1 million small business loan made by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Representation of the company in a shareholder dispute where buy-sell provisions were triggered
  • Representation of the purchaser in the acquisition of several dental product patent portfolios

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Durham Rotary Club 
  • Durham YMCA (member, Executive Committee and Chairperson of Board of Advisors)
  • Housing for New Hope (member, Board of Directors)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • YMCA of the Triangle (member, Board Development Committee)

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2009
  • District of Columbia, 2002
  • Illinois, 2002
  • Maryland, 2001
  • All courts in the District of Columbia
  • All state courts in Illinois
  • All state courts in Maryland
  • All state courts in North Carolina

About Me

My motto is be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.  I admire my clients' bravery!  It's brave to be a business owner.  The best thing about Ward and Smith is our client-centered team approach.  Clients are family.  I became a lawyer because it allows me to learn and be a part of a number of businesses and that's exciting to me.  

I'm also very competitive. One surprising thing people don't know about me is that I'm a huge fantasy football fan…HUGE.  I play in a number of leagues and always look forward to fall.

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