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James Verdonik

James Verdonik
Securities Attorney and Advisor
Ward and Smith Law Firm


Jim leads the firm’s Securities practice.  He focuses his practice on matters involving corporate and securities law.  He advises entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors about how to combine the best business and legal strategies when raising capital, commercializing technology and growing and selling their businesses.  Jim also assists investors and entrepreneurs in negotiating investment terms and other transactions.

Jim’s transactional work includes public and private securities offerings, venture capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate partnership transactions on behalf of both public and private companies.  He has advised companies in more than a billion dollars of capital raising transactions.  Jim has extensive experience with clients in both the biotechnology and information technology industries.  Jim regularly counsels boards of directors, company founders, management teams, shareholders, and investors in public and private companies about their relationships with one another on matters that include director fiduciary duties, shareholder rights, corporate governance, securities disclosure issues, management compensation, and conflicts of interest.

Jim’s book Crowdfunding: A Legal Guide to Investment and Platform Regulation (Thomson Reuters 2016) analyzes securities laws through the prism of Crowdfunding capital raising practices.  He writes a column about business and legal issues for Triangle Business Journal, which has been republished by several dozen newspapers around the country, including in the country’s primary technology centers, such as Boston and Silicon Valley.  Jim has served on advisory boards to two governors about state policies to encourage the growth of technology businesses.  He authored a North Carolina a statute that granted tax credits to investors in technology companies and other entrepreneurial businesses and provided advice to drafters of North Carolina’s crowdfunding law.  He has been rated by his peers as being “preeminent” in his fields of law.


  • J.D., cum laude, Fordham University School of Law, 1977. Fordham Law Review.
  • B.A., Fordham University, 1971