Will Joyner is an experienced deal lawyer who represents clients in their most important business transactions. Mr. Joyner’s practice spans 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. Mr. Joyner was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law in 2019 and the six years immediately preceding and again in 2020 for Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Securities/Capital Markets Law. 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 2019 and the six 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 2020 and the four years immediately preceding by Super Lawyers magazine. He was also named to Business North Carolina's 2015 and 2017 "Legal Elite" in the area of Business Law. 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.


Represented Hanesbrands Inc. in the acquisition of Alternative Apparel, a marketer of “better apparel” basics, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $60 million.

Represented Teall Capital, a private equity company focused on investments in innovative, high growth potential lifestyle brands and services, in connection with the following portfolio company investments: Riddle & Bloom, Sunshine Beverages, Tailgate Guys, Dyehard Fan Supply, and Complex Sports and Entertainment.

Represented Castle Worldwide, Inc., a privately-owned full-service licensure and certification testing company based in Morrisville, NC, in its sale to Scantron Corporation, a global provider of market-leading assessment and technology solutions.

Represented Tiger Capital Group and joint venture entity in acquisition of wholesale bicycle business in a 363 sale in the bankruptcy case of Performance Bicycle filed in the Middle District of North Carolina. Case No. 18-80856 (Bankr. M.D.N.C. 2018).

Represented regional auto dealership in connection with several dealership acquisitions.

Represented leading financial services law firm in connection with several acquisitions of other law firms.

Represented angel investor in connection with Series Seed preferred stock investment in health care IT company.

Represented a minor-league baseball team in connection with a securities offering to private investors.

Represented Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in connection with its agreement with nThrive, a revenue-cycle management company, to manage WFBMC’s professional billing services.

Represented leading commercial truck warranty company in connection with its sale to a private-equity backed company in the same industry.

Represented Emergys LLC, an IT services and staffing company for business critical software, in its sale to Future Tech Holding Company.

Represented Miracles In Sight, one of the largest eye banks in the U.S., in its acquisition of the eye banking assets and operations of LifePoint, Inc., a provider of organ and tissue donor services to hospitals throughout South Carolina.

Represented MedCost, LLC, an integrated benefits solutions company offering customized programs to help employers lower their health plan costs and provide more affordable benefits for their employees, in its acquisition of Virginia Health Network, a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO).

Represented ISP Sports in its acquisition by IMG Worldwide Holdings to form IMG College, an approximately $500 million business unit, as the leading college sports media rights company in the country.

Represented Bioptigen, Inc., a technology leader in the field of optical coherence tomography (OCT), in its acquisition by Leica Microsystems, Inc., a global leader in microscopy and imaging systems and a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation.

Regularly represents one of the largest U.S. professional associations on a wide range of corporate governance, commercial contract and transactional matters.

Represented the Whitaker Park Development Authority (WPDA) in connection with agreements with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for the donation of Reynolds’ Whitaker Park manufacturing facility to WPDA for economic development purposes.

Represented angel fund in connection with Series A preferred stock investment in privately-held biotechnology company.

Represented a Chinese public company in connection with its equity investment in a U.S. venture-backed software company.

Represented an early-stage nanotechnology company in connection with a Series A preferred stock financing transaction.

Represented a North Carolina art museum foundation in connection with pro bono matters.


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)


North Carolina (1996)

Professional & Community Activities

Winston-Salem Business, Inc., Board Member

Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Board Member and Nominating/Governance Committee Chair

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

Creative Corridors Coalition, Board Member

Flywheel Foundation, Board Member

Old Town Club, Former Board Member and Club Secretary

Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, Former Board Member

Stratford Rotary Club, Former Board Member

Mental Health Association in Forsyth County, Former President

North Carolina Bar Association, Former Member of Business Law Section Council

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

American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member

North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member


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