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Robert D. Kidwell

Robert D. Kidwell

Partner

T (336) 378-5483/(704) 384-2665
F (336) 433-7445
Overview

Rob Kidwell is a business attorney focused on advising businesses with structuring, negotiating and documenting various complex business agreements including commercial sales and distribution agreements, international business transactions, mergers, acquisitions, lending transactions, entity formation and general corporate and contractual matters.

Outside of work, Rob enjoys spending family time with his wife and twin sons and tries to fit in an occasional round of golf or tennis match.

Achievements
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Listed Business/Corporate (2009, 2013)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Corporate Law (2013-2017)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Business (2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017), Corporate (2010, 2011), Young Guns (2011)
  • Triad Business Journal's 40 Leaders Under Forty (2005), awarded to the Triad's outstanding young business and community leaders
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *

* 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.

Experience

Representative Work

  • Sales and Distribution Contracts: Advising clients on all aspects of purchasing and selling raw materials and finished goods, including supply agreements, distribution agreements, independent sales representative agreements and warranty issues.
  • International Business Transactions: Counseling clients with respect to the risks associated with cross-border transactions, including assisting foreign companies locate and do business in the United States and assisting domestic clients on various aspects of foreign ventures, including cross-border sales and purchase issues, financing, joint ventures, export and import compliance, regulatory compliance and international dispute resolution.
  • Mergers/Acquisitions: Representing business clients across various industry sectors in issues associated with acquisition, sale, restructurings, joint ventures and business combination transactions from pre-deal planning through resolution of post-closing issues.
  • Finance/Lending: Advising both lenders and borrowers on all phases of financing transactions, including acquisition financing, commercial lending, bond financing, loan workouts and debt restructurings.
  • Entity Formation: Counseling clients on all aspects of entity selection and formation matters, including shareholder agreements, operating agreements, buy-sell agreements and joint ventures.
  • Outside General Counsel: Serving as "outside general counsel" to clients on a daily basis with respect to various legal issues associated with operating a successful business, including employment agreements, consulting agreements, and forms of purchase orders and sales documentation.

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

Thought Leadership

Publications

November 19, 2012
Fine Tuning Your Business, SML Perspectives
News

News

Community

Rob has enjoyed getting to know and working with fellow business and community leaders through his involvement in various community activities, including:

  • Graduate, Leadership Greensboro, 2005
  • United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro
    • Board Secretary, 2008-2011
    • Co-Chair, Cultural Partner Grant Investments Committee, 2009
    • Chair, Renaissance Corporate Fund Drive, 2007-2009
    • Board Member, 2005-2011
    • Chair, United Arts Fund Drive, 2006
    • Chair, Vanguard Corporate Fund Drive, 2005
    • Vice-Chair, Vanguard Corporate Fund Drive, 2004
    • Member, Prelude Society
  • Greensboro Opera Company
    • Executive Committee member, 2006-2008
    • Board Member, 2005-2009
  • The Future Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
    • Member, Steering Committee, 2005-2008
    • Chair, Membership Committee, 2007
    • Member, Grantmaking Committee, 2004-2006
  • United Way of Greater Greensboro
    • Member, Emerging Leaders Advocates Committee, 2005-2006
    • Member, Chairman's Society
  • Downtown Greensboro Incorporated
    • Starlight Gala Planning Committee, 2000-2001
  • Leadership MS Class of 2000
  • Opportunity Greensboro Class of 1999
Industries
Education
  • East Tennessee State University, B.B.A., summa cum laude, 1995
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1998
Admissions
  • North Carolina, 1998
Affiliations
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Member, Business Law Section
      • Council Member, 2011-2014
      • Secretary 2009-2011
    • Member, International Law and Practice Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Section of Business Law
    • Member, Section of International Law
  • Greensboro Bar Association
Academic Honors
  • Law Faculty Scholar
  • Order of the Coif
  • Notes and Comments Editor, Wake Forest Law Review
  • Moot Court Board
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