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Yale University, J.D., 1995, Editor-in-Chief; Yale Journal of International Law, 1994-95

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., with honors and highest distinction, 1992, Phi Beta Kappa


Laurie Smith Helms brings a broad range of experience to facilitate clients' corporate ventures. Her practice currently focuses on mergers and acquisitions in a variety of industries and on joint ventures for clients in the health care space. In addition, Laurie has significant experience representing public and private companies in a variety of corporate transactions, including equity offerings and complex financing transactions, and in counseling clients on corporate governance, securities compliance matters, and executive compensation and benefits.

Laurie chairs the Robinson Bradshaw Women's Initiative affinity group for the firm's women attorneys, and she serves on the firm's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Honors & Awards


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable T.S. Ellis III, U.S. District Court, Eastern District, Virginia, 1995-96



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Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Women in the Profession Committee, 2019-present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association

Community Affiliations

  • Catawba Lands Conservancy, Board of Directors, 2013-19
  • Terrafirma Risk Retention Group, LLC, Members Committee, 2017-19; Advisory Committee, 2020
  • Former Girls on the Run coach
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