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Womble Bond Dickinson adds partner in Raleigh  

Womble Bond Dickinson has announced that Michael M. Choy has joined the firm’s Capital Markets group as a partner in the Raleigh office. He brings over two decades of experience representing financial institutions and lenders in corporate legal departments of regional and national banks and in private practice at Am Law 100 firms, a news release from the firm stated.  

Choy joins Womble from one of the country’s largest banks, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel. In that role, he co-led the Middle Market Banking Legal Team, acting as section leader of the Emerging Middle Market segment of Middle Market Banking and certain Specialized Industries lending businesses, and served on the Commercial Banking Division Leadership Team within the Legal Department.  

“Mike is a pragmatic, collaborative, and solution-oriented leader with deep connections in the North Carolina community of bankers and in-house lawyers,” said Beth Tyner Jones, managing partner of the firm’s Raleigh and Research Triangle Park offices, said in the release. “He has a track record of building meaningful relationships with business partners at all levels and will be a valuable addition to the Triangle offices.” 

Merrick Benn, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and leader of the Capital Markets practice group, adds: “We are extremely pleased to add an attorney of Mike’s caliber to our world-class Financial Services practice. Our clients will certainly benefit from Mike’s formidable experience as a Big Law attorney and, more recently, as aa senior managing counsel at a money center bank.” 

Prior to his in-house roles, Choy was an associate at Am Law 100 firms in Atlanta and Chicago. His practice focused on representing financial institutions, non-bank lenders, and borrowers in a variety of finance transactions. At Womble, he joins a team of more than 200 Financial Services sector lawyers across the U.S. and the U.K., representing nearly half of the top 100 U.S. banks, including 17 of the top 25.  

“Womble has a solid reputation for providing sophisticated and pragmatic legal services across the transatlantic financial centers,” said Choy. “I have engaged and worked with many of the firm’s attorneys over the years in my prior in-house roles, and I am excited to start the next chapter of my career by joining this team.” 

Choy is a graduate of Rutgers Law School, Duke University, Columbia University, and the University of Georgia. He is fluent in Korean. 

Womble has grown significantly in the last year, with new offices in New York, Nashville, San Francisco, and Huntsville, Ala., and the addition of 23 new partners. Choy’s arrival follows several laterals in the Capital Markets group, including bankruptcy partner Don Detweiler, energy partner Shawan Gillians, and financial services partner Laura Hoag.

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