J. Porter Durham III Associate

Porter focuses his practice on M&A, securities, and other corporate matters.

While earning his JD at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Porter served as research editor for the Tennessee Law Review, a member of the Executive Board of the Student Bar Association and a member of the LawMeets Transactional Moot Court Team and received CALI Awards for business associations, securities regulation, and contract drafting. He was also the recipient of the Concentration in Business Transactions Award, which recognizes the top student in the transactions concentration.


Representation of Essentra plc (LSE: ESNT), a leading global provider of essential components and solutions, as U.S. counsel, in the £312 million sale of its packaging business to Mayr-Melnhof Group, an Austria-based leading producer of carton board and folding cartons.   

  • The University of Tennessee College of Law, JD, Summa Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Research Editor, The Tennessee Law Review, 2015
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, History and Political Science, 2009

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Named to "Legal Elite," Young Guns (Lawyers Under 40), Business North Carolina, 2020, 2021, 2023

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Corporate Law, 2021-2023

Selected for inclusion into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2020, 2021

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