Morningstar Law Group – Raleigh Law Firm – Durham NC Attorneys

Ken Carroll is a mergers and acquisitions lawyer in our Raleigh office who represents buyers and sellers in acquisitions, divestitures and mergers ranging in size from $100,000 to over $750,000,000. As a business attorney, Ken frequently represents business entities in structuring and negotiating joint ventures and strategic alliances.

He also provides general corporate and business advice to many of North Carolina’s leading companies.

Prior to co-founding Morningstar Law Group, Ken was a partner at Womble Carlyle, where he practiced for more than 25 years.

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  • Best Attorney’s Network (2005)
  • Best Lawyers: Lawyer of the Year – Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2021)
  • Best Lawyers: Lawyer of the Year – Corporate Law (2020)
  • Best Lawyers: Corporate, M&A, and Securities Law (2003-2021), Corporate Law (2006-2023), Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2007-2023)
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite: Business Law (2013-2017, 2019, 2020, 2022)
  • Super Lawyers: Business and Corporate Law (2008-2019)

Representative Experience

  • Represents buyers and sellers in acquisitions, divestitures and mergers across numerous industries, including construction, healthcare, real estate, technology, manufacturing and more
  • Represents buyers and sellers in agreements involving international corporations, non-profit organizations, private equity firms, and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP)
  • Negotiates and documents agreements involving sales, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures
  • Drafts agreements for a variety of industries, including shareholder agreements for medical and dental practices and supply and distribution agreements for the building products industry
  • Represents commercial office building owners and lessors
  • Represents colleges and universities in corporate governance issues


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D. (1985)
    Law Review, Scholastic Honors List, James. F. Hoge Award winner
  • Wake Forest University (1982)


  • North Carolina State Bar


  • NC Bar Association: Past Chair, Business Law Section