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John J. Butler

Retired of Counsel
Raleigh | 919.828.0564

Jay Butler has had extensive experience with the purchase and sale of businesses, negotiating commercial contracts, and creating joint ventures.

Jay clerked for the Honorable Sam J. Ervin III on the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Representative Experience

  • Closed the $260 million sale of a private equity platform company after representing that company in a series of add-on acquisitions.
  • Led the legal team in the $45 million recapitalization of a multi-state distribution business and established the related credit facility and equity structure.
  • Represented a private equity firm in the successful acquisition of a hydraulic equipment platform business followed by a series of multimillion-dollar add-on acquisitions.
  • Successfully closed several add-on acquisitions around the country with a combined value of approximately $60 million for an electronic component company.
  • Completed the $40 million platform purchase of a company in the food industry and led the legal team in the subsequent refinancing of the business.
  • Lead counsel in the sale of a 20-megawatt solar power generating facility to a public utility and local counsel on a variety of solar farm sales and recapitalizations.

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Honors & Awards

  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2018; 2022
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law, 2009-2016
  • Power of Justice Award, Business Leader magazine and the North Carolina Bar, 2008
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Mergers; Acquisitions & Joint Ventures; Commercial Contracts; Environmental


  • North Carolina Bar Association, NC LEAP Steering Committee, 2012-2017