James F. Verdonik - Ward and Smith, P.A.

James F. Verdonik

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Mr. Verdonik is leader of the Securities Practice Group.  His practice experience focuses on corporate and securities law, including both transactional and counseling work.  Mr. Verdonik's transactional work includes public and private securities offerings, venture capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate partnership transactions on behalf of both public and private companies.  He has advised companies in more than a billion dollars of capital raising transactions.  Mr. Verdonik has extensive experience with clients in both the biotechnology and information technology industries.  He regularly counsels boards of directors, company founders, management teams, shareholders, and investors in public and private companies about their relationships with one another on matters that include director fiduciary duties, shareholder rights, corporate governance, securities disclosure issues, management compensation, and conflicts of interest.  Mr. Verdonik has received the Council for Entrepreneurial Development's "Outstanding Service Provider Award," the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce's "Outstanding Service to the Business Community Award," and has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his fields of law.  He writes a column about business and legal issues for Triangle Business Journal, which has been republished by two dozen newspapers around the country, including in the country's primary technology centers, such as Boston and Silicon Valley.  Mr. Verdonik has served on advisory boards to two governors about state policies to encourage the growth of technology businesses.  He authored North Carolina's current statute that grants tax credits to investors in technology companies and other entrepreneurial businesses.  Mr. Verdonik also teaches an eLearning course and authored a series of five books titled Thinking and Acting Like an Owner-Worker.

Fordham UniversityBA 1971Fordham UniversityJ.D. 1977
•Council for Entrepreneurial Development •Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce•National Association of Corporate Directors •North Carolina Bar Association •North Carolina Technology Association* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions:

Office Location

Wade II, Suite 400
5430 Wade Park Boulevard
P.O. Box 33009
Raleigh, NC 27636-3009
United States

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Technology Law
Venture Capital Law