E. Kent Auberry

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Kent Auberry has over 30 years' experience in general business representation. Mr. Auberry handles a broad spectrum of business needs, from mergers and acquisitions to intellectual property matters. He also assists clients with federal and state securities law compliance and capital formation. He regularly counsels clients on advertising issues, sales, distribution and licensing arrangements, premerger clearance filings and other trade regulation matters.

Mr. Auberry's experience includes representing buyers and sellers in a broad range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and health care. He has been acknowledged by his peers in the legal profession, who have recognized him for the Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Securities section of the directory Best Lawyers in America; Business North Carolina's Legal Elite for Business Law; and selected him for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2006-2013.

Mr. Auberry has represented a number of companies in mergers and acquisitions transactions, including:

  • Purchase of specialty chemical division of public company by international chemical conglomerate
  • Sale of national building maintenance company in industry roll-up
  • Acquisition of community hospital by regional hospital system
  • Management buy-out of a number of divisions of leading textile manufacturer
  • Sale of national cable television installation contractor in first stage of industry roll-up
  • Numerous acquisitions, sales and mergers of textile manufacturing companies and subsidiaries
  • Sale of a number of companies in the rubber products industry
  • Acquisition of assets of furniture manufacturer by leading company in ready-to-assemble furniture industry
  • Acquisition of regional trucking firm
  • Sale of regional travel agency
  • Merger of leading hospitals in region
  • Sale of emergency vehicle manufacturer in industry roll-up
  • Numerous acquisitions and sales of medical testing laboratories


  • J.D., with highest honors, University of North Carolina School of Law, 1982
  • A.B., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1978


  • North Carolina, 1982

Academic Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Order of the Coif
  • Editor-in-Chief, North Carolina Law Review


  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Business/Corporate (2006-2015)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Business Edition list, Business/Corporate (2013, 2014)
  • Selected by his peers as Greensboro Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year (Woodward/White, Inc.), Securities Regulation (2014)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Corporate, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Tax Law, listed more than 15 years   
  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners, USA, as one of North Carolina Leaders, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions (2010-2014) 
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV")  Peer Review Rating *
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Business Law (2003-2010, 2012-2015)

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional Memberships

  • Editorial Board of The Trademark Reporter, 1996–99
  • American Bar Association; North Carolina Bar Association, Business and Intellectual Property sections
  • Board Member, Piedmont Entrepreneurs Network, 2000–2002 
  • Chair, Securities Regulation Committee of The Business Section of The North Carolina Bar Association, 2003- Spring 2008
  • Member, ABA Committee on State Regulation of Securities


  • Represented companies in mergers and acquisitions totaling over $2 billion
  • Regularly represents over 70 clients in their intellectual property work before the United States Trademark Office and the United States Copyright Office


  • Co-author, Preparing U.S. Trademark Applications, 2002, 3rd edition, with James Simmons and Elizabeth Wang
  • "Season of Scandal:   The Sarbanes Oxley Act and the Implementation of Corporate Reforms by the SEC" – September 2002

* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation