J. Mitchell Aberman

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Mickey Aberman’s practice consists primarily of counseling clients on business matters, and negotiating and structuring transactions for mid-sized businesses. Acquisitions and sales of businesses and business units comprise a significant component of his practice. Mickey also has extensive experience in legal issues that arise in the creation and transfer of computer software and other intangible technology, and with transactions involving complex finance and tax issues. He also works closely with members of the accounting profession and has extensive experience handling matters involving the application of accounting principles and other accounting issues. Approximately 15 percent of his time is spent dealing with business litigation, usually with one of the firm’s trial lawyers.

Mickey founded and led a nonprofit arts organization, Visart, Inc. He also served for 16 years as a board member and officer of Temple Beth El, and has served as an officer and board member of various other organizations. He is married to Linda MacDonald.

Academic Background

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1984
  • M.B.A., Outstanding MBA Student Award, University of South Carolina, 1983
  • B.S., with Distinction, University of Virginia, 1980
  • Edinburgh University, 1978

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • South Carolina State Bar
  • United States Supreme Court


  • North Carolina Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America© in Corporate Law, 2014-2024
  • Best Lawyers in America© in Business Organizations, 2022-2024
  • Best Lawyers in America© in Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2024
  • Named to the “North Carolina Super Lawyers” 2011-2019 editions – Business
  • Author of “Partnerships and Joint Ventures” for the South Carolina Jurisprudence series, published by the South Carolina Bar and West Publishing
  • Author of “Protecting Intellectual Property in Business Transactions” a chapter published in Managing Technology and Legal Issues, Aspatore Books (2008)
  • Teaches seminars on drafting non-competition agreements, and the laws relating to investment brokerage relationships
  • Named Business North Carolina “Legal Elite” 2014, 2016, 2017 edition – Business

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