Will Joyner concentrates his practice in the areas of general business and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital financings, securities regulation and complex commercial agreements. He regularly represents public companies, large nonprofit organizations and closely-held middle market businesses in a variety of large and complex transactions. Mr. Joyner also enjoys working with emerging growth and technology companies, both on the company side and the investor side. Mr. Joyner has significant additional transactional experience, including public and private securities offerings, economic development transactions, and technology transfer and licensing arrangements. In addition, he often serves in a general counsel role for private companies and coordinates the outsourcing of legal services for other practice areas such as litigation, tax, intellectual property, environmental, and employment law.

Mr. Joyner is also a frequent speaker and panelist at CLE programs and other seminars. His recent speaking engagements have reflected the breadth and depth of his transactional experience, covering topics such as management of complex middle-market transactions, venture capital and M&A trends in the Southeast, and becoming an investor-ready entrepreneur.

Mr. Joyner is very active in the community and has served in many key leadership positions. Mr. Joyner's business and community accomplishments were recognized when he was named one of the Triad area's "Movers & Shakers" for 2010 by Business Leader Magazine. He was also named to Business North Carolina's 2015 and 2017 "Legal Elite" in the area of Business Law. Mr. Joyner was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law in 2018 and the five years immediately preceding. He was also named a 2017 "Greensboro Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Securities/Capital Markets Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Joyner was listed in the 2017 and the four immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions. In addition, Mr. Joyner was named one of the Triad Business Journal's "40 Leaders Under 40" in 2007. He was recognized as a North Carolina “Super Lawyer” for Business/Corporate Law in 2016 and 2017 by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Joyner is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

Old Town Club, Board Member and Secretary

Winston-Salem Business, Inc., Board Member

Winston-Salem Tech Council, Executive Committee Member (Past Chair)

Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, Board Member

North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section Council

Stratford Rotary Club, Board Member

Creative Corridors Coalition, Board Member

Flywheel Foundation, Board Member

Mental Health Association in Forsyth County, Former President

Wake Forest Law Review, Executive Editor (1995-1996)

American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member

North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D. (1996)
    Order of the Coif, cum laude
  • Babcock Graduate School of Management, Wake Forest University, M.B.A. (1996)
  • Princeton University, A.B. (1992)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (1996)

Who We Are

1001 West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC, 27101-2400
t +1 336.607.7342
f +1 336.734.2654
Suite 1400, 4208 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC, 27609
t +1 919.420.1763
f +1 919.420.1800

G. William Joyner III

Experience Highlights

Preferred stock transaction for nanotechnology company
Represented an early-stage nanotechnology company in connection with a Series A preferred stock financing transaction. more
Private investments for a major institutional investor
Represented a major institutional investor in connection with over 30 investments, with an aggregate value of nearly $3 billion, in various private more
Acquisition of Bioptigen, Inc. by Leica Microsystems, Inc.
Represented Bioptigen, Inc., a technology leader in the field of optical coherence tomography (OCT), in its acquisition by Leica Microsystems, Inc., more
Strategic divestiture for a publicly traded, NYSE-listed company
Represented a publicly traded, NYSE-listed company, in connection with the sale of one of its business divisions to a strategic purchaser and the more