Hutchison PLLC Welcomes Attorneys Joshua M. Hayes and John S. Rudd to the Firm Partnership

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Hutchison PLLC Welcomes Attorneys Joshua M. Hayes and John S. Rudd to the Firm Partnership

Hutchison PLLC, a boutique firm providing strategic legal and business advice to the innovation ecosystem, is pleased to announce that Joshua M. Hayes and John S. Rudd have been named partners, effective January 1, 2022.

Josh practices corporate law, where he regularly advises entrepreneurs, startups, established companies and investors across a wide range of sectors, including software, digital marketplaces, web 3.0, medical devices, gene therapy, biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals and hemp/cannabis. He has a wealth of experience in corporate, commercial and transactional matters, including early- and late-stage equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic joint ventures, spinouts, licensing and corporate governance. Before joining Hutchison, Josh practiced in the Charlotte office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP where he represented a wide variety of regional and national companies in transactional, regulatory compliance and copyright and trademark matters.

Josh earned his bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

“We are thrilled to welcome Josh and John to the partnership,” commented Bill Wofford, a member of the firm who currently leads the life sciences practice at Hutchison. “These talented attorneys have already brought great value to our team and clients, and we look forward to their continued contributions as leaders in our firm.”

John advises life sciences and technology companies in all stages of a company’s life cycle. John typically acts as outside general counsel working closely with founders, management teams and boards of directors on company startups and formations, licensing of intellectual property, venture capital financings, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions. Prior to joining Hutchison, John was an associate in the mergers and acquisitions group of Jones Day’s Tokyo office, where he advised public companies and private equity clients on various types of cross-border transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, licenses and strategic partnerships.

John received his law degree from Duke University Law School and his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Josh and John have demonstrated excellence in their time with the firm and have earned the confidence of their peers and clients. We are delighted to announce their admission to the firm’s partnership,” notes Scott Bryant, one of the managing partners and marketing and business development lead for the firm. “Their addition will strengthen and grow the future of our firm.”

About Hutchison PLLC

Hutchison is a boutique law firm that embraces the entrepreneurial spirit and steers technology and life sciences entrepreneurs to success through all stages of their company’s life. Hutchison partners with entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial-minded organizations to enable business solutions that make the law work for them and advises angel investors and venture capital firms to support their investment selections to maximize their potential for success. Hutchison takes the time to learn your business and understand what’s behind the deal. For more information, please visit  or @hutchlaw