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Duke University, J.D., 1997

Davidson College, B.A., cum laude and with honors, 1994, Phi Beta Kappa; Ken Kelley Scholar


Jeffrey Hart joined Robinson Bradshaw in 1997 and opened the firm’s Research Triangle office in 2008. His primary areas of practice include private equity financings and investments, private fund formation and joint ventures. In addition, he chairs the firm’s Institutional Investors Practice Group.

Jeffrey regularly designs complex equity finance structures, governance and operational systems, and buy-sell mechanisms for investment sponsors, portfolio companies, joint venture parties and other clients needing highly customized business solutions. Jeffrey works extensively in the formation of private funds, including venture capital funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, and funds of funds. He assists corporate venture capital programs, private funds, independent sponsors, endowments, and other financial and strategic investors with their investment transactions.

From 2019 to 2023, Jeffrey served as chief legal officer and general counsel to an investment firm in the energy industry.

In 2023, Jeffrey rejoined Robinson Bradshaw as a shareholder in the Research Triangle office.

Honors & Awards

  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, business, 2015; corporate, 2022
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Leader in the Law, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America, business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships), corporate, private funds/hedge funds, securities/capital markets, venture capital, 2010-20
  • Lexology Client Choice award in 2016 for mergers and acquisitions
  • Triangle Business Journal, Triangle’s Forty Under 40, 2010
  • Charlotte Business Journal, Charlotte’s Forty Under 40, 2005
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated



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Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section Council, 2024-25; Ethics Committee, Former Chair
  • North Carolina Bar Association, LLC and Unincorporated Entities Committee, Former Vice Chair
  • Duke Law School, Community Enterprise Clinic, Private Practice Adviser
  • American Bar Association, LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Entities Committee, Member; Institutional Investors Committee, Member
  • National Association of Public Pension Attorneys
  • Council of Institutional Investors

Community Affiliations

  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, Former Board Member
  • North Carolina Board of Science, Technology and Innovation, Former Board Member
  • UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Former "Launching the Venture" Business Coach
  • Chapel Hill Historic District Commission, Former Commissioner
  • University Presbyterian Church, Elder; Former Administration Committee Chair; Former Capital Campaign Spokesperson; Former Confirmation Instructor
  • Leadership Charlotte, Class 26
  • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Leadership School, Class of 2003
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