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Hugh B. Wellons

Hugh B. Wellons

Chair, Community Banking Group


  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Community Banking

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Community Banking
Mr. Wellons’s primary areas of practice are corporate law, banking and finance law, securities, and biotechnology law. He also chairs the community banking practice group.

Bar Admissions


  • Virginia State Bar


  • Duke University, B.A., 1978
  • Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, M.B.A., 1979
  • Washington & Lee University, J.D., 1987
Areas of Practice

Banking & Finance Law | Commercial Lending | Community Banking | Corporate & Business Law | Mergers & Acquisitions | Mergers & Acquistions | Securities | Tax Credits | Technology

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Counseling a large variety of businesses, including large public companies, small closely-held businesses and financial institutions
  • Advising clients on matters such as corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities and regulatory compliance, and biotechnology
  • Handling mergers and acquisitions, securities filings, regulatory compliance and corporate governance issues for community banks in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia
  • Serving as lead counsel on approximately 10 initial public offerings, 5 secondary public offerings, 20 acquisitions by larger companies and 10 private offerings
  • Serving as lead counsel on approximately 15 financial institution mergers
  • Serving as lead counsel on regulated industry transactions, including transactions in energy and financial sectors
  • Preparing Hart-Scott-Rodino filings and other anti-trust filings for the Department of Justice

  • Articles

    Publications & Presentations

    • Editor, ABA book, Biotechnology and the Law, Second Edition
    • Senior editor and author of ABA book, Biotechnology and the Law: A Primer

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