David Paulson is the firm's Carolinas Managing Partner. He has more than 25 years of experience in corporate law and complex business transactions, including extensive experience in the health care industry and with health care business transactions. His business practice concentrates on helping his clients grow through domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, corporate finance, strategic alliances, multi-party joint ventures and intricate business transactions.  He is the vice president of the firm's board of directors.

David Paulson is the Carolinas Managing Partner. He has more than 25 years of experience in corporate law and complex business transactions, including extensive experience in the health care industry and with health care business transactions. He is the vice president of the firm's board of directors.

David’s business practice concentrates on helping his clients grow through domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, corporate finance, strategic alliances, multi-party joint ventures and intricate business transactions.  David often serves in the capacity as outside general counsel to his clients; advising boards and executive management on a variety of business and legal issues.  He has experience representing clients in a broad range of industries, including the software, manufacturing, institutional food service, utility, railroad, television production, insurance and outsourced services industries.

Recent Business Transactions/Engagements

  • Represented large privately-held software company in the strategic acquisition of a California-based technology company with operations in Europe and Asia
  • Represented large southeastern regional distribution company in stock sale to publicly held acquirer
  • Represented super-regional specialty pharmacy in stock sale to largest US specialty pharmacy
  • Represented business analytics software and services company in acquisition of professional services company engaged with the US intelligence community
  • Lead counsel in a joint venture of large insurance companies in the acquisition of a controlling interest in a health care informatics company
  • Represented U.S. management in sale of specialty clothing company to Swiss publicly traded buyer
  • Represented institutional buyer of a source code management software company
  • Served as outside general counsel to a joint venture of insurance companies to provide an innovative outsourced claims administration software platform and business process services offering to health insurance industry customers

David’s healthcare industry experience includes advising hospitals, physician practices, home health care providers, health insurance companies, behavioral health providers, institutional investors, and other ancillary healthcare providers in a wide range of business transactions, corporate contracting, managed care, state and Federal regulatory issues, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and ancillary investments.

Health Care Transactions/Engagements

  • Outside general counsel to one of the largest private neurosurgery practices in US; including advising on ancillary business opportunities, acquisitions, employment, contracting, and Stark and Anti-kickback compliance advice
  • Represented hospital in development of multi-facility regional healthcare system.
  • Represented physician investor syndicate in the development of a 50/50 hospital-physician joint venture with a tax-exempt regional health system to acquire and operate a multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center
  • Served as outside general counsel to multi-state provider of specialized pharmaceuticals for chronic illnesses
  • Represented various physician practices in acquisitions of physician groups
  • Lead counsel in strategic investor roll-up of home health agencies
  • Represent strategic buyer of hospices in multi-state acquisition strategy
  • Served as outside general counsel to Board of Trustees of multi-facility county hospital system

David has been recognized as a leading corporate/M&A attorney in the U.S. by Chambers USA (2012-present), listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for corporate law (2011-present) and listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine (2006). He previously served as an adjunct professor of business law at Pfeiffer University’s Executive MBA program in Charlotte.

David is licensed to practice in North Carolina. He is a member of the Business Law and Health Care Law sections of the North Carolina Bar Association.  He serves on the board of directors of the United Way of the Greater Triangle, the board of trustees for the University of North Carolina Center for Public Television, as well as the board of advisors to the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.  He formerly served on the board of directors for Durham Nativity School.

David received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Duke University in 1987, his Masters of Business Administration from Wake Forest University and his Juris Doctor degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law, both in 1991.