J. Michael Wilson Partner

Michael focuses his practice on taxation, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Prior to practicing law, Michael was a tax consultant with Arthur Anderson.


Tax structuring for mergers and acquisitions across a range of industries, representing private equity funds as well as strategic buyers and sellers.

Negotiating and documenting the tax provisions of credit agreements, primarily representing lenders and administrative agents.

Structuring, negotiating and documenting joint ventures in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, automotive, motorsports, chemicals, real estate and renewable energy.

Structuring real estate transactions, including joint ventures, acquisitions, development, sales, like-kind exchanges and conservation easements.

Preparing governing documents for private equity funds.

Negotiating investments in private equity funds by family offices and institutional investors.

Representing corporations in equipment leasing transactions.

Representing taxpayers in disputes with state and local taxing authorities.

Advising closely-held businesses and their owners.

  • The University of North Carolina School of Law, JD, 1990
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BS, 1985

Member, Primary Market Committee, Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA)

Past Chair, Tax Section Council, North Carolina Bar Association

Treasurer and Past President, Loaves and Fishes

Past Board Chair, Child Care Resources

Past President, Charlotte Emergency Housing

  • North Carolina

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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2009-2021

Named to "Legal Elite," Tax, Business North Carolina, 2009, 2011

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