03.11.2008 Leading Corporate Attorneys Join Williams Mullen from Helms Mulliss & Wicker RALEIGH, NC — Williams Mullen today announced that David F. Paulson, Jr., Aaron G. Spencer and Galen E. Boerema have joined the firm’s corporate practice in its Raleigh office. This well-respected team of lawyers comes to Williams Mullen from Helms Mulliss & Wicker, where Paulson served as managing partner of the Raleigh office, head of the firm’s health care industry group, and leader of the Raleigh M&A, private equity and business practice.

“As a team, we were attracted to Williams Mullen’s very strong commitment to the region and outstanding reputation as a top law firm for business in North Carolina,” said Paulson. “We also saw in Williams Mullen an exceptionally well-managed and diversified firm that combines the personal attention of a small firm with the depth and breadth of experience and resources of a much larger one. This is exactly what we want for our clients, and we think that it is unique in this legal market. It quickly became apparent that Williams Mullen was the number one option.”

“We see this as an exciting time for Williams Mullen in North Carolina,” commented Randy Lickey, firm-wide chair of the corporate practice group. “The quality of this team, when added to the attorneys and practices already in place at Williams Mullen, enhances our position as a “go-to” firm for clients seeking sophisticated business counsel. It also further demonstrates our commitment to growth in this market and confirms that we are viewed as a “come to” firm by talented attorneys seeking a firm that can meet the needs of their business clients.”

One year after the merger with established North Carolina law firm Maupin Taylor, Williams Mullen continues to expand in North Carolina, adding to the firm’s roster of business attorneys in Raleigh, as well as in its Wilmington and Research Triangle Park offices.

Joining Williams Mullen are:

David F. Paulson, Jr., Partner
With almost 20 years of experience, Mr. Paulson’s considerable competencies include mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance, health care industry transactions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, complex business transactions, and counseling corporate boards and executive management. He works with clients in a wide variety of industries, including the health care, food service, insurance, transit, utility, television production, software, and outsourced services industries. Mr. Paulson was recently selected as one of 39 Triangle “Movers and Shakers” by Business Leader magazine. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law, and his Master of Business Administration degree from the Babcock School of Business at Wake Forest University.

Aaron G. Spencer, Partner
Mr. Spencer concentrates his practice in the area of corporate transactional law, including mergers and acquisitions, software licensing, private equity, corporate finance, tax, intellectual property, corporate board counseling, and executive compensation. Mr. Spencer routinely represents businesses of all sizes, both public and private, with all of their corporate transactional needs. He was recently selected as a member of the 2008 “Legal Elite” in Business Law by North Carolina Business magazine. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Galen E. Boerema, Associate
Mr. Boerema’s experience includes a wide range of corporate matters. He regularly represents clients in business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities, regulatory matters, and contract negotiations. Mr. Boerema practiced with the New York office of Sidley Austin before moving to Raleigh. He received his law degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where he was a comments editor of the North Carolina Law Review.