Ward and Smith, P.A. corporate attorney Deana Labriola has been recognized as a 2017 Women in Business Award winner by the Triangle Business Journal. She and the other winners will be honored on April 21 at a luncheon.
"Deana's managerial smarts, business savvy, and deep sense of service and commitment have made her a favorite among her clients and peers alike," said Ward and Smith Co-Managing Director Ken Wooten. "We are delighted that she is being recognized in this manner, and feel it is richly deserved."
Labriola serves as the firm's market leader for the Triangle. Ward and Smith has significantly increased its headcount in Raleigh, growing by nine attorneys to a headcount close to 30 in 2017.
Labriola leads the firm's Technology practice, and represents a number of local technology and biotechnology companies in venture and seed capital transactions, stock option and non-cash compensation plans, and other business structuring for investment. She holds several leadership roles in civic and nonprofit organizations, including serving on the Go Red Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association, the Durham YMCA's Executive Committee, Housing for New Hope's Board of Directors, and also is an involved member of the Downtown Durham Rotary Club.