Education
  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law
  • B.A., North Carolina State University
  • National Taiwan University
  • National Taiwan Normal University, Mandarin Training Center

Legal Experience
  • Clerk to the Honorable Mark W. Bennett, United States District Court, N.D.IA
  • Clerk to the Honorable Leonard T. Strand, United States District Court, N.D.IA

William Blackton, Attorney

The sole focus of my practice is business transactional work. I help clients start, restructure, purchase and sell their businesses; protect and manage their IP assets; advise on corporate governance issues; and review and negotiate day-to-day contracts across industries and subject matter.

Starting my own business was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I love helping clients do the same. Learning how my clients deliver exceptional products and services, about the problems they face, and getting into the guts of their technology or business processes keeps me genuinely excited about my profession.

Before becoming a lawyer, I worked a variety of jobs including: as an electrician; taught English in South East Asia; installed VoIP phone systems for international companies; managed several bars and a salon; repaired arcade machines; manned the reference desk in university libraries for years; developed websites; modeled for art classes; photographed and managed online inventory for a car dealer; and bagged groceries.

Lawyers are in the business of knowing abstract concepts and applying this knowledge to their clients’ real-world issues. Legal training, and many lawyers, focus almost exclusively on learning and delivering that abstract legal knowledge as phone calls, emails, or other written deliverables. Good legal advice, requires that a lawyer grasp both the legal concepts and, more importantly, the underlying business context. My diverse background of experiences allows me to appreciate the business considerations that impact the legal work I do for my clients.

My legal services are informed by my deep understanding of my clients’ businesses and the solutions we have developed together for their issues in the past. Many times that a client has said, “that’s a really great solution, thanks!” I’ve responded with, “yes, one of my brilliant other clients came up with that.” Throughout my legal career, I have continued to work and learn outside the practice of law, with a wide variety of hobbies that often touch upon my clients’ businesses. I also actively manage most aspects of NC Business Law, which helps me understand the underlying technology, financials, and organizational considerations that drive my clients’ businesses.