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Martin H. Brinkley

Brinkley is Dean and Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law. He began his legal career clerking for Judge Sam Ervin on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He practiced for ten years at Moore & Van Allen in Raleigh before moving to Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan in Raleigh where he specialized in corporate and commercial law. He became dean of the UNC School of Law on July 1, 2015. He teaches a course on the Life Cycle of the M&A Deal. He was named an Honorary Master of the Bench for the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple this summer. He also received the H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award from the NC Bar Association in 2017. He served as President of the NCBA 2011-12. He has an A.B. from Harvard and a J.D. from UNC School of Law.

William A. Frey

Frey is an organization and professional development specialist in the Office of Human Resources at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he also is an instructor of mindfulness-based stress reduction for the Program on Integrative Medicine at the University of North Carolina. He is also trained in communication skills, facilitation, conflict resolution, leader development, and various disciplines of meditation. He is the author of Ease Into Freedom: Keys for Reducing Stress and Unlocking Your Potential published in 2016. He is a certified professional co-active coach and holds undergraduate degrees in psychology, chemistry, and medical technology and a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on organization training and development.

William G. Pappas

Pappas is a partner at Parker Poe in Raleigh. He is a business lawyer who provides counsel to national and international clients in the life sciences, manufacturing, pharmaceutical-related, health care, and investment industries. He guides clients (including significant nonprofits) in various business and transactional matters that include corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, business investments and expansions, and stock and asset purchases and sales. Bill serves as general counsel to the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and leads the firm’s Life Sciences industry team. He recently completed a six-year term on the firm’s board of directors. He received his undergraduate and J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mary Peña

Peña is Assistant General Counsel at PrecisionHawk, a leading provider of drone technology for the enterprise.  She joined PrecisionHawk in January 2018 after four years at Red Hat where she served as Senior Commercial Attorney.  She also worked for five years as a corporate attorney at Brooks Pierce before joining Red Hat.  Mary was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Allyson K. Duncan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Mary received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She also has a masters in International Business from Maastricht University in The Netherlands .

Gus Puryear

Puryear is General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Asurion in Nashville, Tennessee. Asurion is a leading provider of device insurance, warranty, and support services for cell phones, consumer electronics, and home appliances. Prior to joining Asurion in 2019, Gus served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Corrections Corporation of America. Following his graduation from Law school, Gus served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale, U.S. Court of Appeals fo the Fifth Circuit. Gus was then an associate at Farris Warfield & Kanady (now Stites & Harbison) for three years and then spent time in Washington. His D.C. work began as Counsel for a special investigation into improper fundraising for the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. In 2000, he was a Debate Advisor for Vice President Dick Cheney and then Gus spent three years as Legislative Director and Counsel for the Office of U.S. Senator Bill Frist. He earned a B.A. from Emory University and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law .

Charlie Reece

Reece is an attorney, who has been a member of the Durham City Council since 2015. Charlie previously served as the General Counsel to Rho, Inc., a contract research organization. He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office. He then served as a Violence Against Women Resource Prosecutor and as an Assistant Attorney General for the North Carolina Department of Justice. Prior to law school, Charlie was a manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He received a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Lee Whitman

Whitman is a trial attorney with Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP whose practice focuses on complex litigation, including healthcare and shareholder derivative actions.  Lee has tried jury and non-jury cases in both state and federal courts and before the American Arbitration Association.  Lee also litigates health care Certificate of Need (CON) cases at the Office of Administrative Hearings and has appeared many times in the North Carolina Business Court, North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.  Lee received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Program Directors

Lissa L. Broome

Broome is the Burton Craige Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Banking and Finance. She teaches Banking Law and Secured Transactions. She is the co-author of the Regulation of Bank Financial Service Activities, a banking law casebook, and co-author of Securitization, Structured Finance and Capital Markets. Broome also directs the Director Diversity Initiative which works to increase the diversity of corporate boards of directors through its training programs, advocacy, research, and diverse director database. She also serves as the University’s Faculty Athletics Representative. She received a B.A. from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from Harvard.

Thomas Lee Hazen

Hazen is the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Law. He teaches Business Associations and Securities Regulation, and is the author or co-author of casebooks in corporations, corporate finance, broker-dealer regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and securities regulation. He is also the author of a widely regarded six-volume treatise on Securities Regulation, a three-volume treatise on derivatives regulation, and a two-volume treatise on broker-dealer law. He has served as an expert witness in a number of high profile securities cases. Hazen received his B.A. and a J.D. from Columbia.

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