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Sam Johnson

Rocky Mount, NC t: 252.972.7118
Raleigh, NC t: 919.783.2889

Sam is a business attorney who advises clients primarily regarding corporate, real estate, and general business matters. He is an advocate for economic development in North Carolina and regularly assists new organizations coming into the state.

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Sam represents business entities with respect to corporate and other entity structure, organization and capitalization issues, mergers and corporate reorganizations, purchase and sale of businesses, economic development incentive agreements, franchising, contract negotiation and drafting, asset based and non-asset based financing, commercial real estate purchase, sale and financing, and multi-state and interstate transactions.

Areas of Focus

+Outside General Counsel Services

  • Manages the relationship with and provides general counsel to medium to large privately-held companies in a wide range of businesses
  • Coordinates and directs the provision of specialized legal services
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+Economic Development

  • Negotiations of economic development incentive agreements for companies and for governmental and other economic development agencies and entities
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+Business Organizations & Transactions

  • Commercial real estate; purchase, sale and financing
  • Asset-based and non-asset-based financing
  • Corporate and other entity structure, organization and capitalization issues
  • Mergers and corporate reorganization
  • Purchase and sale of businesses
  • Acquisition of businesses from bankrupt estates
  • Franchising
  • Contract negotiation and drafting
  • Multi-state and interstate transactions
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Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1972

Duke University, B.A., 1969

+Notable Accomplishments

North Carolina Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer Award, 2015

Ranked in Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite” (Corporate) 2015

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® (Corporate Law) 2013-2019, 2021, 2023; (Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law) 2023; (Business Organizations) 2023

2006 Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Citizen Award

2008 Boy Scouts of America* Distinguished Citizen Award (Tar River District)

+Professional & Community Activities

Seventh Judicial District Bar Association

Nash-Edgecombe Bar Association

North Carolina Bar Association, Real Property Section and Business Law Section

Chairman, Futrell-Maudlin Community Foundation

American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Real Property Section, and Trust and Estate Law Section

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

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