Hugh  - B. - Wellons

Hugh B. Wellons

  • Member
  • Co-Chair, Community Banking Group
Roanoke, Va.
540.512.1809 - office
540.588.7357 - mobile


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


  • Virginia State Bar
Mr. Wellons’s primary areas of practice are corporate law, banking and finance law, securities, and biotechnology law. He also co-chairs the community banking practice group.

Representative Experience

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

Awards and Distinctions

  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® as "Lawyer of the Year" 2012 and 2016 (Roanoke, Va.) in Banking and Finance Law
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® as “Lawyer of the Year” 2014 and 2017 (Roanoke, Va.) in Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Consistently recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for Banking and Finance Law, Biotechnology Law, Financial Services Regulation Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law


  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • American Bar Association


  • American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology, chair-elect
  • American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology, Life Science Division, immediate past chair
  • American Bar Association Committee on Biotechnology, past chair
  • Frequent lecturer on corporate matters, including corporate governance, securities law, strategic transactions, business formation, exit strategies, venture capital and other funding concerns, and biotechnology
  • Currently on the task force of the Virginia Bar Association working to revise and recommend the Uniform Securities Act for adoption in Virginia
  • Senior editor and author of ABA book, “Biotechnology and the Law: A Primer”
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