Former North Carolina Biotech Center CEO Norris Tolson Joins Williams Mullen

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Williams Mullen is pleased to announce that E. Norris Tolson, who has spent the past seven years as the CEO of the North Carolina Biotech Center, has joined Williams Mullen's Economic Development team in Raleigh.

Mr. Tolson is the seventh professional added to the Raleigh team since David Paulson became North Carolina Regional Managing Partner in August, and he reflects the firm's commitment to a growing presence in North Carolina, particularly in key sectors such as life sciences, health care, technology, and intellectual property.

"As a full-service law firm, we are committed to attracting top talent in economic development, lobbying, and law in order to help grow our clients' business and the economy of our region," Mr. Paulson said. "Norris' background and vision in the life sciences industry is particularly important to the Triangle area. His leadership and experience as a senior executive in the public and private sectors exemplifies the sort of value-added service we are committed to providing to our clients.

During his time at the NC Biotech Center, Mr. Tolson was instrumental in the incredible growth and success of the life sciences industries in North Carolina. Before that, Norris served in three different North Carolina cabinet positions: Secretary of the Department of Revenue, Secretary of the Department of Transportation, and Secretary of the Department of Commerce. . He also spent more than two decades in key leadership positions for DuPont and as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly.

*Norris Tolson is not a licensed attorney.

CONTACT: Caitlin Coakley Beckner Communications Specialist (804) 420-6312 ccoakley@williamsmullen.comSource: Williams Mullen Strategies