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Rick Jackson works primarily with small to mid-size businesses: technology and manufacturing companies; property owners and developers; medical and dental practices and hospitals; restaurants and breweries; agricultural and natural product businesses; and nonprofits.


His client successes include -

  • Representing the seller in the $7M stock sale of a national, brand-licensing business

  • Assisting a local, tech start-up in securing over $1M in funding

  • Representing physicians in separating from an existing practice to form a new practice

  • Negotiating an additional 20% of the assets for a client ending a real estate partnership

  • Creating the declaration, the master homeowners association, and the subassociations for the phased-development of single-family homes and townhomes in a gated subdivision


Rick assists with Corporate and Securities matters including -

  • Incorporation and dissolution

  • Asset and stock sales

  • Joint ventures

  • Tax-free reorganizations

  • Partnership break-ups

  • Business plan review

  • Private placements and other financing

  • Employee incentive strategies

  • Creditors’ rights

  • Supply chain agreements


and, assists with Healthcare matters including -

  • Medical and dental practice formation and transition

  • Employment, contractor, and professional service agreements

  • Fraud and Abuse, Anti-Kickback, Stark, HIPAA, and HITECH compliance


and, assists with Intellectual Property / Technology matters including -

  • Trademark, copyrights, and trade secrets

  • Licensing, development, and other software and website-related agreements

  • Product licensing


and, assists with Commercial Real Estate matters including -

  • Commercial leases and purchase and sale contracts

  • LEED development and green leasing


and, assists with Zoning and Land Use matters including -

  • Subdivision and HOA formation and management

  • Entitlement and permitting process including negotiations with city and county officials

  • Regulatory and ordinance compliance including negotiations with state and federal agencies


and, assists with Nonprofit matters including -

  • Formation and application for tax-exempt status (501c3, 501c4, and 501c6)

  • Board governance and liability issues


Rick is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional), a distinction he earned through the Green Building Certification Institute. As a LEED AP, he has a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles, as well as the LEED Rating System. He was the first attorney in western North Carolina to earn this credential.

Prior to professional school, Rick was a business consultant in the technology, banking and financial, and healthcare industries in Atlanta, Raleigh, and Boston. He graduated from North Carolina State University as a Caldwell Scholar, where he founded and chaired SATELLITE, a non-profit designed to introduce students from rural North Carolina high schools to science and technology-related education and career paths.


Practice areas


  1. Corporate: 25%
    8 years
  2. Business: 25%
    8 years
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 25%
    8 years
  4. Real Estate: 15%
    8 years
  5. Intellectual Property: 10%
    8 years

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Contact info

48 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC, 28801


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
40 Under 40Biltmore Beacon2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
LEED Accredited ProfessionalGreen Building Certification Institute2009
Concentration in Real EstateKenan-Flagler Business School2008
Managing EditorNorth Carolina Banking Institute Journal2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Summer AssociateThe Van Winkle Law Firm2007 - 2007
Summer AssociateMcGuire, Wood & Bissette2007 - 2007
Summer AssociateNelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough2006 - 2006
Senior ConsultantNerveWire2000 - 2004
AnalystAccenture1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Blue Ridge Sustainability InstituteBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Asheville Brewers AllianceBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Asheville Downtown Improvement DistrictBoard of Directors2013 - Present
North Carolina Natural Products AssociationBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Asheville Downtown AssociationBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Urban Land InstituteMember2009 - Present
Asheville Independent Restaurant AssociationBoard of Directors2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
21st Judicial District Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Rotary Club of Asheville-SouthFounding Member2009 - 2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of North CarolinaBusinessMBA - Masters of Business Administration2008
North Carolina State UniversityEngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SBTDC's Mind of the Investor Series: Are You an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur?Preparing Entrepreneurs for Angel Investment2014
Landlord - Tenant Law: Beyond the BasicsGreen Building and Green Leases2011
Buncombe County Dental Society meetingBusiness Law Issues of Dental Practices2010
Landlord - Tenant Law: Beyond the BasicsGreen Building and Green Leases2009