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.
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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