William G. McNairy - Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

William G. McNairy

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993
Phone: 336-271-3111

Bill McNairy primarily represents privately-held companies and the families that own them. His practice includes representation in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions of businesses (including public offerings, going private transactions, transactions with private equity firms, and other negotiated transactions). He counsels businesses through complex tax saving strategies and advises families on the transfer of control of family businesses to the next generation of owners in an income, gift and estate tax efficient manner.

In addition, Bill represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the Tax Court, the United States District Court, the United States Fourth Circuit of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Additionally, Bill has been a Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina since 1970.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Tax Law and Trusts and Estates Law
  • Recognized as a member of North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Tax/Estate Planning Law (2002, 2005-2007, 2009-2010, 2013-2014) and in Business Law (2003,2011) by Business North Carolina magazine
  • Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers in Tax Law, 2006-2014

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Tax Section, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Tax Section, American Bar Association


The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillBA 1965University of VirginiaMBA 1967The College of William and MaryJ.D. 1973

Client Comments

"Bill McNairy has the vision, knowledge, and client understanding that is essential for long range planning in the structuring of estates and trusts."

-Steve Pond
Chairman, CEO
The Education Center

Office Location

Renaissance Plaza, Suite 2000
230 North Elm Street
P.O. Box 26000
Greensboro, NC 27420
United States

Practice Areas

Tax Law
Trusts and Estates

Other Information

Race: Caucasian
Gender: Male