Deana A. Labriola

Business Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
919.277.9183 Fax 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. This includes serving as outside general counsel to a number of closely held companies inside and outside of North Carolina.

Deana serves as the Raleigh office's Geographic Team Leader, and leads the firm's Technology Practice Group by representing a number of local technology and biotechnology companies in their corporate needs. Deana is an experienced corporate transactional attorney, and has worked on mergers and acquisitions, and other debt and equity financing from the seller, buyer, investor or borrower side.


  • 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

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Business, 2018, 2020

Legal Elite

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Durham Rotary Club 
  • Housing for New Hope (past member of the Board of Directors)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (Board member)
  • Triangle American Heart Association (Board member)
  • YMCA of the Triangle (Board member, Secretary, and Executive Committee member)

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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