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David M. Bishop

David M. Bishop

dbishop@bdjalaw.com

Corporate and Transactional Law

Attorney, Certified Public Accountant, Business Advisor

Private business owners benefit from David’s diverse background as an attorney, CPA and business advisor.

David began his career as a CPA with an international accounting firm.  In addition to his legal training, he is trained in business valuation, tax and advisory services and has sold over one hundred businesses as a mergers and acquisitions intermediary.  With more than thirty years of multi-disciplinary experience, David helps clients develop action plans that are legally sound, tax-wise and economically realistic.

Areas of Practice

  • Mergers and Acquisitions and Exit Strategies
  • General Business and Corporate Governance
  • Employment Issues and Compensation
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Advisory Services related to Business Valuation
  • Tax Analysis and Planning associated with Corporate Transactions

Comprehensive Corporate and Transactional Representation

David’s practice focuses on providing practical legal advice to business owners and executing corporate transactions with precision, minimizing legal risks and maximizing financial opportunity without jeopardizing the nonfinancial goals important to a particular client. By approaching matters not only as a lawyer but also as a business advisor, he is able to conceptualize realistic plans and work effectively with a wide variety of clients and their advisors.

David regularly represents small to mid-size companies undertaking mergers & acquisitions, succession planning, and other transactions. He also has extensive experience with buy-sell agreements, operating agreements, incentive compensation plans and tax analysis. Clients appreciate David as a legal advisor who understands legal implications but can add value as a business advisor.

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Education

University of North Carolina School of Law

  • Juris Doctor, 1983

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 1980

Community Leadership and Involvement

  • Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook for Small and Midsize Companies, a John Wiley publication (co-contributor)
  • Park Sterling Bank (former director and audit committee chair)
  • Betty J. and J. Stanley Livingstone Charitable Foundation (former trustee)
  • MACS Education Foundation (former member and board chair)
  • Hospice at Charlotte (former director and board chair)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association (former committee member)
  • North Carolina Association of CPAs (former committee member)
  • North Carolina Legal Elite for Corporate Law 2007 and 2012 (peer selection)
  • Leadership Charlotte Year (graduate 1998)
  • Frequent speaker and writer on M&A and succession topics
  • All Saints Anglican Church