J. Dickson McLean Partner

Dickson is former managing partner of the Wilmington office. He has extensive experience representing and counseling corporate clients in the areas of corporate and securities law, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as tax, environmental and employment law, and estate planning for closely held businesses.

He also represents lenders in commercial lending transactions, including financing secured by commercial real estate, and represents creditors in loan workout situations. He also has an active commercial real estate practice.


Representation of regional lenders in numerous loan transactions and workout situations.

Representation of regional healthcare company in numerous financings.

Representation of start-up companies in formation and capitalization.

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MBA, 1989
  • The University of North Carolina School of Law, JD, Senior Staff Member, North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, 1989
  • Davidson College, BA, 1985

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Board Member and Chair, Wilmington Business Development

Board Member, Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts of America

Trustee, Lumber River Conservancy

Former Board Member and Chair, Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

Former Board Member, Cape Fear Academy

Former Board Member and Treasurer, Cape Fear Area United Way

Former Board Member, The Clark James Foundation

  • North Carolina

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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2013-2022

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Wilmington, N.C., Corporate Law, Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2014, 2017-2018, 2020

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