Robert B. Norris: Lawyer with Wishart Norris, P. A.

Robert B. Norris

Robert B. Norris is a Co-Founder and Managing Member of Wishart Norris Henninger and Pittman. For over 36 years, he has represented Owners of private and family businesses of all types and sizes(from startups to small and midsize companies to companies with hundreds of millions of revenues) in matters concerning all types of financial transactions( including negotiations of Mergers and Acquisitions and Purchase and Sale of Business Ownership Interests) as well as Succession Planning, Exit Planning and Estate Planning matters.
Managing Equity Member; Co-Founder of Law Firm
Charlotte,  NC  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Exit Planning for Business Owners
  • Estate Planning for Business Owners
  • Asset Protection for Business Owners
  • Business Law
Contact InfoTelephone: 704-364-0010
Fax: 704-364-0569
University Davidson College, B.A., Economics, cum laude, 1972 Phi Beta Kappa; University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, M.B.A., 1976 Beta Gama Sigma Honor Society
Law SchoolUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D., 1976 Order of the Coif; Harvard Negotiation Project - Harvard Law School (Graduate of Basic/Advanced Courses in Negotiations, Course in Mediation)
Admitted1976, North Carolina
BornCharlotte, North Carolina, January 1, 1950

Maintains an AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell (the highest peer review competence and ethical rating possible). Selected for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers in the practice area of Closely Held Businesses, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Recipient of the Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award; Alamance County Bar Association Community Service Award. Received Key to the City of Burlington for Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Community. Board of Advisors - Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. Past Trustee of Davidson College (2 Terms). Co-founder of the Foundation Serving Alamance County. Fellow of American Leadership Forum. Past Chair of the Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce. Founder and President of Alamance Coalition Against Drug Abuse. Past Chair of the Alamance County Strategic Planning Task Force. Past Director of the Lynwood Foundation. Past Director of NPower Charlotte Region. Publications & Presentations: "The 'Right' Lawyer for Your Growing Business: Determining the Criteria," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Jan. 2006); "Finding the Right Lawyer for Your Growing Business... Interview and Selection Process," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Feb. 2006); "Your Closely Held Business... Just a 'Job' or Your Biggest Investment?," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Mar. 2006); "Maximizing the Value of Your Business," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Apr. 2006); "Maximizing the Value of Your Business: Step 1: Lowering the 'Risk'," Charlotte Biz Magazine (May 2006); "Maximizing the Value of Your Business: Step 2: Increasing Your Return," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Jun. 2006); "'Success(ion) Planning' is 'Planning for Success'," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Jul. 2006); "'Real' Business Succession Planning," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Aug. 2006); "The Succession Planning Process Part I," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Sept. 2006); "The Succession Planning Process Part II," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Oct. 2006); "The Succession Planning Process Part III," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Nov. 2006); "Act NOW to Retain Your Key Employees," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Dec. 2006); "Protecting Your Customer Base When Key Employees Leave," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Jan. 2007); "Asset Protection 101: What You Need to Know Before You're Sued," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Feb. 2007); "Getting the 'Wrong' People Off the Bus the 'Right' Way," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Mar. 2007); "Preparing Your Company For Sale," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Apr. 2007); "Thinking about Selling Your Business?," Charlotte Biz Magazine (May 2007); "Selling Your Business - The Sale Process," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Jun. 2007); "Do You 'Know' What You 'Don't Know'?," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Jul. 2007); "Creating an 'Owner Advisory Board'," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Aug. 2007); "Business Owner Estate Planning: Reason AND Emotion," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Sept. 2007); "Business Owner Estate Planning: A 'Holistic' Approach," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Oct. 2007); "Owners 'At Risk' ("OAR")," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Nov. 2007); "Owners 'At Risk' - Part II First 'Transition': From Business 'Idea' to Business Start-up and Initial Growth," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Dec. 2007); "Owners 'At Risk' - Part III The 'Growth' Transitions," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Jan. 2008); "Owners 'At Risk' - Part IV Transition from 'Continuous Growth' to 'Exit'," Charlotte Biz Magazine (Feb. 2008); Presentation: "How Do You Retire When You're the Boss? Planning Your Exit From a Closely Held Business," Hood Hargett Breakfast Club (2004); Presentation: "Succession and Exit Planning for Business Owners," The Entrepreneurship Institute (2006); Presentation: "Choosing and Implementing an Exit Strategy from your Closely-Held Business," Executive Roundtable, Charlotte, NC, February 21, 2008; Presentation: "Creating and Preserving Business and Personal Wealth," Regions Bank (2009); Presentation: "The Importance of Exit Planning for Maximizing the Value of a Business and the Business Owner's Flexibility as to Exit Strategy Chosen," Wachovia Bank (2009); Presentation: "The Business Owner's Pathway to Maximizing and Preserving Your Business and Personal Wealth," A Four Part Series, Elon University, Love School of Business (2010); Presentation: "A Brief Conversation with Business Owners," Hood Hargett Breakfast Club, March 3, 2010.

Transactions Regularly represents Business Owners of Emerging/Growth companies in: Exit Planning; Sale of Businesses to Third Parties; Business Succession Planning; Transfer of Businesses to Key Employees or Family Members; Business Owner Retirement Planning; Business Owner Estate Planning; Incentivizing Key Employees through Equity Ownership and Phantom Plans; Risk Assessment; Asset Protection; Developed strategy to enable retirement of current retail business owners and entry of employees as new owners; Represented founders of industrial services business in transition to second generation of family owners; Represented $1 Billion revenue company in multinational reorganization; Represented fourth generation of $150 Million revenue family business with multiple business subsidiaries in transition to second generation of outside management and fifth generation of family owners; Represented third generation family owners of $100 Million manufacturing and distribution business in transition from second generation of owners; Represented sellers of business service company, manufacturing company, packaging company, insurance agency; Represented buyer with $35 Million revenue in acquisitions and growth through Southeastern United States; Assisted founders of retail business products company in transition to key employees and ultimate exit from business; Assisted with overall financial restructuring of commercial services company; Assisted in creation and operation of energy purchasing cooperative; Represented manufacturer of alloys in sale to its major customer, a publicly traded company.

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Robert B. Norris

6832 Morrison Boulevard
CharlotteNC 28211


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