John R. Erwin

John Erwin is a partner in the M&A and Corporate Transactions practice group and a member of our Life Sciences Industry team. John works primarily with clients in the health care and life sciences industries, including health care providers, technology companies and industry leading global corporations. He also works with clients in the industrial and service industries.

What do you focus on?

I represent public and private businesses on a wide range of corporate issues, including strategic mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other complex commercial transactions, both domestically and internationally.

My work has involved numerous bio transactions in the life sciences space. My work has also involved corporate advice for companies in a variety of industry sectors.

In the health care space, I guide clients through the complex health care regulatory environment, provide compliance advice and negotiate managed care contracts and other agreements.

What do you see on the horizon?

Being a trusted advisor for businesses will become even more important as they meet the challenges of new technology and globalization.


  • Panelist, “Mergers and Acquisitions in Pathology and Clinical Laboratories,” Executive War College Conference, May 2011

4 M&A partners join Nixon Peabody’s new N.C. office

Law360 | July 16, 2017

The article focuses on the arrival of M&A and corporate transactions partners John Erwin Brian Brown, Angie Cottrell and Isabelle de Smedt, and paralegal Patricia Harris as well as the firm’s Raleigh office.

Nixon Peabody opens in North Carolina with K&L Gates hires

American Lawyer | July 09, 2017

The following coverage is about the arrival of M&A and corporate transactions partners John Erwin, Brian Brown, Angie Cottrell and Isabelle De Smedt to Nixon Peabody’s new Raleigh, North Carolina office.


John R. Erwin



Phone: 919-900-3905

Fax: 833-243-9553

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D.

Davidson College, B.A.

Philipps-Universität Marburg

North Carolina

John has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013 for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice and Mergers and Acquisitions Law. He was also appointed by the North Carolina Bar Association as the leader of the delegation to Argentina in 2008 and a member of the delegation to Taiwan in 2006.

  • Council Member and Past Chair, North Carolina Bar Association, International Law Section
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Chairman, American Heart Association’s 2004 Raleigh Fundraising Gala
  • North Carolina Department of Commerce European Missions
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