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Joshua M. Hayes

Joshua M. Hayes
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Joshua M. Hayes

Josh practices corporate law, where he focuses on providing practical and actionable advice to entrepreneurs, startups, established companies and investors across a wide range of sectors, including SaaS, digital marketplaces, hemp, medical devices, gene therapy, biotechnology, and biopharmaceuticals. 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, university spinouts, licensing, and corporate governance. Josh also frequently serves as the outside general counsel for early stage startups through all stages of their corporate life cycle, from pre-revenue through exit. 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.

Recognition, Affiliations & Memberships

  • Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Starts: 2022-2023”


  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2013
  • M.A., Teaching, Duke University, 2008
  • B.A., English and Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007


  • North Carolina


  • Proficient in both written and spoken Japanese
  • Beginning level Spanish language skills

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GSS was extremely happy and satisfied with Hutchison ... a special note to Josh ... Extremely professional, responsive, pro-active and competent. It was an immense pleasure working with him and we very much look forward to having the opportunity to work together again in the future. 

Rodrigo Muniz Barretto Cotta CFO, GSS

Josh did (and does) an incredible job. We really appreciate his knowledge, attitude and responsiveness.

Mike Midgett CEO, QOREBOARD, Inc.

Josh was phenomenal. Very attentive to his customer and follows up so diligently.

Yacoub Habib CEO, Ophidion, Inc.

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