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E. Kent Auberry

E. Kent Auberry


T (336) 378-5284
F (336) 378-5400

Kent Auberry has over 30 years' experience in general business representation, with a focus on merger and acquisition transactions. In the course of his practice, Kent has seen the transition of the regional economy from tobacco, textiles and furniture, to healthcare, logistics and technology/education, and his concentration has evolved along with this transformation.  In addition to his transactional work, Kent has developed long standing relationships with a number of clients whom he counsels on a day to day basis on  a broad spectrum of business needs,  including, corporate governance, capital formation and federal and state securities law compliance,  intellectual property matters, advertising issues, sales, distribution and licensing arrangements,  and other trade regulation matters.

Kent's merger and acquisition experience includes representing both buyers and sellers in fields such as health care, textiles, apparel, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. 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 2006-2017.

Kent is also an Adjunct Professor at the UNC School of Law, where he teaches Business Planning.

Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Business/Corporate (2006-2018)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Business Edition list, Business/Corporate (2013-2015)
  • Selected by his peers as Greensboro Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year (Woodward/White, Inc.), Securities Regulation (2014), Corporate Law (2018)
  • 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 (2010-2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV")  Peer Review Rating *
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Business Law (2003-2010, 2012-2017)

* 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.



  • 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
  • Numerous mergers, acquisitions and change in control transactions of tax exempt hospitals
  • Numerous healthcare acquisitions and transactions including anti-trust compliance
  • Numerous acquisitions and sales of medical testing laboratory networks
  • Numerous acquisitions, sales, mergers and divestitures of textile manufacturing companies and subsidiaries Sale of a number of companies in the rubber products industry
  • Sale of a number of companies in the rubber products industry
  • Purchase of specialty chemical division of public company by international chemical conglomerate
  • Sale of national building maintenance company in industry roll-up
  • Sale of national cable television installation contractor in first stage of industry roll-up
  • Acquisition of assets of furniture manufacturer by leading public company in ready-to-assemble furniture industry
  • Acquisition of regional trucking firm
  • Sale of emergency vehicle manufacturer in industry roll-up
  • Adjunct Professor of Business Planning at the University of North Carolina School of Law.

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



  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., with highest honors, 1982
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, A.B., 1978
  • North Carolina, 1982
  • 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
  • American Bar Association; North Carolina Bar Association, Business and Intellectual Property sections
Academic Honors
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Order of the Coif
  • Editor-in-Chief, North Carolina Law Review

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